Director brings fresh air to China's tomb raider franchise

By Zhang Rui
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Director Fei Xing, speaking in Beijing on Friday, described how he worked hard to introduce new blood and fresh air to the latest installment of the controversial smash hit Chinese tomb raider fantasy franchise "Mojin." 

Director Fei Xing and his film cast members pose for photos at the premiere of "Mojin: The Worm Valley" held in Beijing, Dec. 28, 2018. [Photo/]

"Mojin: The Worm Valley" is the new film adaptation based on Zhang Muye's "Ghost Blows out the Light" series of novels. Fei, who has directed the project for the past five years, chose unknown actors to be part of his cast, including Cai Heng, Gu Xuan and Yu Heng. 

In previous two movie installments, director Lu Chuan's "Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe" starred Mark Chao, Yao Chen, Feng Li and Li Chen, while director Wuershan's "Mojin: The Lost Legend" starred Chen Kun, Shu Qi and Huang Bo. Other famous actors such as Joe Chan and Ethan Ruan were also in two TV adaptations.

"Other directors have used those famous movie stars," Fei said, "[but] we decided to opt for new people and add fresh blood to the franchise."

The action-packed new film tells a story about the Mojin tomb raider team entering a lost world in southwest China's Yunnan province inhabited by gross giant worms and monsters, to find a mysterious gem in an ancient royal tomb needed to break a curse afflicting them. 

Mojin refers to Mojin Xiaowei, a government job in ancient times in China mainly in charge of exploring tombs in a hunt for treasure, thereby providing financial aid to the military. Those who took the job were required to have a good knowledge of geomantic omens and occult sciences, and have superb kung fu skills, wisdom and courage not found in ordinary tomb robbers.

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