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The Treasure Code

2022 / 76m - China
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More Chinese streaming filler. The good news is that they still seem to be progressing, the bad news is that old issues appear difficult to resolve, and so these films struggle to truly transform into personal favorites. They are short and incredibly entertaining though, so I won't complain too much. Sometimes it's better to just be happy with what you've got.

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Qi Ling has spent the last 12 years in prison, for crimes his father supposedly committed. When the emperor falls critically ill, Ling is the only person who can solve the mystery, and so he is given 24 hours to try and cure the emperor. The Nine-Dragon Pen seems to be the artifact that lies at the core of all the trouble, so that's Ling's obvious first lead.

There's quite a bit of plot that needs to be crammed into the limited runtime, and the mix of fantasy and action puts a big strain on the CG, though these are challenges that have been conquered already. Neither the plot nor CG is top-notch, but they suffice and act as fuel for some prime entertainment. I like these short and sweet streamer snacks, and The Treasure Code didn't disappoint.