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The Demon Hunter

Jiang Mo Tian Shi
2022 / 78m - China
Fantasy, Action
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Another iQiyi release. The Chinese streaming giant seems to have carved out its own niche of genre films. Short, cheap but highly amusing martial arts/fantasy productions that are produced by the dozens. These are no masterpieces, but people looking for fun genre filler are sure to find some worthwhile releases to pass the time.

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When digging up a frozen elephant, a locust plague is unleashed. These locusts are especially dangerous as they set fire to the people they attack. It turns out this plague is just one part of a plan to overthrow the emperor. A demoness is trying to get her revenge, while three dedicated subordinates of the emperor are doing their best to unravel her deceit.

The cinematography is bright and colorful, the pacing lightning fast and the mix of fantasy and martial arts very amusing. The CG is ill-used though and the comedy doesn't really hit the mark either. These are common complaints with these films and considering the way they are produced, chances are slim they can be easily overcome. Still, there's plenty to enjoy here.