The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang Film Review [神探蒲松龄] (2019) – Demon Hunter Jackie

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(This is The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review, which is a 2019 Chinese Fantasy movie that stars Jackie Chan)

Man, it’s been a while since we saw Jackie Chan acting in roles that do not involve himself in the police, gangster, kung fu master or a revenger role. However, one thing that never changes is still his affinity to the comedic role, which is what this movie is mostly about. TKSBYY is a film that is created for the Chinese New Year festive period and it shows in its premise that is family friendly and filled with Chinese traditions and customs and stories. It is directed by Vash, and stars Jackie Chan, Elane Zhong and Ethan Juan in this demon hunting movie. Without further ado, let’s delve down into The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review below!

 

Premise

When a famous Demon Hunter needs to track down a powerful demon that has formed from a human falling in love with a demon, he engages the help of a clumsy yet eager guardsman and a plethora of friendly monsters. However, the task seems to be more complicated than it seems, could he manage to fulfill the mission successfully and save the semi-demon before she turns into an evil demon permanently?

The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan returns as a Demon Hunter!

 

The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang Film Review

Right away, seeing that this movie is released during the Chinese New Year period, which many movies from the region tries to because it usually attracts the biggest audience, we can tell what kind of movie it is. From its premise, it’s something pretty cliché, where a demon hunter has to subdue a demon born out of love between the taboo relationship of human x demon. Honestly, the movie is pretty predictable and follows almost the same formula shared by many movies in this genre. The comedy is light-hearted and I laugh at some of them, and they are family friendly too, so I would sometimes hear waves of laughter from a few clusters in the cinema.

With that said, the CGI and graphics are particularly impressive as I see some quite noticeable improvements in the special effects, seeing that this is a Chinese movie. The details and the animation are one of the better ones I have seen as well, and I applaud the production for this. Pacing wise, it’s alright as the action scenes are aplenty but are also superseded with some quiet moments, flashbacks and also a more epic finale. All in all, the formula still works despite being rehashed for years.

The characters are pretty interesting though can be stereotypical. We have Jackie Chan as the master demon hunter who is very powerful but always act aloof or relaxed. Then we have his student who is clumsy and serves mostly as the comedic role. What I like the most are the several friendly demons that are actually unique in their appearances and personalities. For once, some of the demons are not typical looking and actually serves more than some minor forgettable roles. The antagonists are alright too, but is another cliché femme fatale type, but this one is filled with more backstory and slightly touching story.

Lastly, the soundtrack is decent with some singings and a dose of Chinese instruments sprinkled with bits of an orchestra. They complement the action scenes and the romantic scenes quite well to give the ‘Chinese’ feel to the premise and the story world. Sadly, most of them don’t stand out.

 

The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang Film Review [神探蒲松龄] (2019) – Demon Hunter Jackie
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Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Light hearted comedy
Greatly improved CGI and special effect
Decent Soundtrack
Jackie Chan
The friendly demons
Family friendly
What's bad
Cliché story that follows the traditional formula
Some comedic scenes seem kind of forced
Predictable storyline
If not for Jackie, this movie will score lower
3.2
It's Okay.
A barely decent film that works due to the formula and Jackie Chan.
To tell the truth, if there is no Jackie Chan in here, then this movie would probably suffer much more. His name brings this movie up and his performance is decent. While the story is predictable and cliché, the formula still works wonder as a family film for this Chinese New Year.
[The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang film review score table]

 

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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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