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#41 littlefuzzy

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 07:23 PM

(from the Dragon Dynasty/Shaw Bros./Martial Arts thread)
I'm getting ready to start Jackie Chan's The Myth, I got it at Big Lots a while back for 3 bucks. I think I am going to get rid of the DVD, as it is not only missing about 30 minutes (I think), but I just noticed it's that wacky Canadian packaging with 2 languages!! blech! I figure if I enjoy the film, I'll try to track down an unedited version one of these days.

I finally got around to watching this, and I figured why watch a film I know is hacked up, when I am going to want to watch the full version anyway, so I watched the unedited version instead (borrowed from somebody.)

I think some of the poor reviews and people saying this film is poorly written, etc., may stem from seeing the edited version, although I wouldn't say it was one of Jackie's top 10. I noticed that two pivotal scenes between the general (played by Jackie) and Ok-Soo were included in the deleted scenes on the American disc, and those two scenes help solidify their love for each other.
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I noticed one scene in the American version deleted scenes that was NOT in the original version, and I agree with it's deletion. It was basically what felt like 10 minutes of Jack and his friend trying to find a secret door into the Indian tomb, and it was rather pointless IMO.

The special features on the American disc are pretty sparse, 3 featurettes, some deleted scenes, lots of trailers for other movies, and a commentary by Jackie Chan.

One of the featurettes was behind the scenes, and was OK. One was about "Jackie's Kids" (a charity), and one was some Swami pimping his Life Centers or whatever they were called. It just seemed pointless (and almost spammy), and it didn't really have much to do with the film at all.

One of these days, I'd like to get one of those R3 Limited Edition versions of the film that comes with the terra-cotta soldier.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 01:51 PM

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:28 PM

I watched Heart of Dragon back in September, and didn't mention it here. It was pretty good, and quite different from a lot of his work. The relationship between Jackie and Sammo was great. I think I already mentioned Who Am I? and The Myth.

I also watched Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung around then, it was good to see Jackie's first starring role. I've never seen Master with Cracked Fingers, I don't know if I should watch that just to see how they changed it, or if I should forget it.

A couple of days ago, I watched Shaolin Wooden Men, it was pretty fun to watch as well.

I just finished Hand of Death, directed by John Woo. Jackie was in a supporting role in this, although I felt his character had more development than the star. The same kind of applies to The Wanderer. Sammo Hung was "odd" as one of the bad guys, with huge teeth!

I watched Police Story IV: First Strike somewhere in there, although I may have missed putting it on my list of movies. I'll need to figure out when I watched it if I can. I'm going to watch Police Story 1-3 one of these days, but since I've seen First Strike before, I figured it didn't really reference the series that much.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:34 PM

I watched Heart of Dragon back in September, and didn't mention it here. It was pretty good, and quite different from a lot of his work. The relationship between Jackie and Sammo was great. I think I already mentioned Who Am I? and The Myth.

I also watched Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung around then, it was good to see Jackie's first starring role. I've never seen Master with Cracked Fingers, I don't know if I should watch that just to see how they changed it, or if I should forget it.

A couple of days ago, I watched Shaolin Wooden Men, it was pretty fun to watch as well.

I just finished Hand of Death, directed by John Woo. Jackie was in a supporting role in this, although I felt his character had more development than the star. The same kind of applies to The Wanderer. Sammo Hung was "odd" as one of the bad guys, with huge teeth!

I watched Police Story IV: First Strike somewhere in there, although I may have missed putting it on my list of movies. I'll need to figure out when I watched it if I can. I'm going to watch Police Story 1-3 one of these days, but since I've seen First Strike before, I figured it didn't really reference the series that much.


Don't forget to read my reviews on those films :D (well all but First Strike which I have not done). I have not seen Master with Cracked Fingers either, but don't really care as much (though one day might get to it) since it is tacked on scenes (though that has happened several times in Jackie's career including Fearless Hyena II.

First Strike really does not reference the series so it is easy to watch it buy itself.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 11:50 PM

Hmm... Is Wheels on Meals the one that opens with two guys each working out in their apartments, and they go to their doors which are side by side, and then you see that it's one big apartment?

I've seen some screenshots of the film and half of them feel familiar, while the others don't. I don't think I've seen the whole thing.

Is the trailer for Wheels on Meals on any R1 Jackie Chan (or other martial arts) disc that I might have seen recently? I thought Heart of Dragon, but according to one review site, the included trailers were for different movies. Looking across my disorganized room, Eastern Condors is right above Heart of Dragon on a stack, so I might have started watching it, or taken a look at the trailers on it without ever getting to the actual film.

Another possibility could be the postman one - The Postman Strikes Back? (it's almost midnight and I'm punchy...)

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Hmm, if the trailer (or some other portion of the film) isn't on any R1 disc, I had to have seen the start of the movie online somewhere - Hula or youtube, probably. If I started watching, I probably stopped pretty quickly because of the dubbing.

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OK,I'm really thinking I started watching it on Youtube, because the full movie is up (dubbed.) I only remember the earliest bits of the film - the apartment, the fighting Italians, and the van-washing scene.


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BTW, just what was the original language in Wheels on Meals? It was filmed in Barcelona, with hardly any Chinese actors (except for the main 3), but I presume it was originally produced mainly for a Hong Kong/Chinese audience.

Is it similar to most any Hollywood production filmed in other countries, where English is spoken for the sake of convenience? Or in this case, Cantonese instead of English.

Was it one of the multitude of earlier HK films where the dialogue wasn't recorded, and just dubbed later?

Is there actually a multilingual soundtrack out there - Spanish, Cantonese, and any other languages that were used?

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I'm watching it now (borrowed), it's a pretty fun film. Sylvia's not too hard to look at, either!

I'm starting to realize that Sammo Hung is quite a character actor. Jackie's basically had the personality of "Jackie" throughout most of his career, but each new Sammo film I see has him playing pretty different characters - Lord "toothy" in Hand of Death, the retarded brother in Heart of Dragon, the detective in Wheels on Meals, etc. Of course, his look has been quite different in each of those films, so that may add to the feeling of a different character.

I also liked seeing Richard Ng (Sandy from the Lucky Stars series), his bits in Wheels on Meals were pretty funny.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 04:54 PM

^ You wrote a bit there so I won't quote.

I think you answered your question by watching Wheels on Meals (which I do like, but I have only watched once and skimmed through another time; though I have two different versions of the film, both are missing scenes from each other :D).

Don't forget that early Jackie was more of a Bruce Lee clone -- mostly being quite series until his work for Seasonal (the two he did for them helped make him a star in HK -- the best of those two is Drunken Master). But yes his personality afterwards was similar for many movies. He has tried to expand his acting over the years with intermittent success. I really did not like Shinjuku Incident, but that was not the fault of Jackie.

But yes, I find Sammo Hung vastly underrated. While he has had some of the worst haircuts in the history of HK cinema he is one of the most important figures in 1970s and 1980s HK movies.

I like Richard Ng who is quite a good comedian (sometimes reminds you of some Peter Sellers roles especially the Inspector). If you are interested watch Mr. Canton and Lady Rose aka Black Dragon aka Miracles (1989) which has both him and Jackie Chan.

BTW, just what was the original language in Wheels on Meals? It was filmed in Barcelona, with hardly any Chinese actors (except for the main 3), but I presume it was originally produced mainly for a Hong Kong/Chinese audience.

Is it similar to most any Hollywood production filmed in other countries, where English is spoken for the sake of convenience? Or in this case, Cantonese instead of English.

Was it one of the multitude of earlier HK films where the dialogue wasn't recorded, and just dubbed later?

Is there actually a multilingual soundtrack out there - Spanish, Cantonese, and any other languages that were used?


I don't think there is a multilingual soundtrack (though I will check). There is a Mandarin dub and an English dub (which I will listen to again since I think it was made the same time as the Cantonese dub). I've read complaints about the dubbing from a few reviews. While it was made for a Hong Kong/Chinese/Japan audience (Jackie at that time was getter bigger and bigger in Japan), I know Golden Harvest would have liked it to be released in Europe (I think they were expecting too) but I can't find any information on that right now.

Yes most of the early 1980s and before movies (though sync was used in the 1950s) were post-dubbed and many times with different actors for the voices. I've read that Police Story 2 was the first time you would hear JCs real voice.

I'm going to do some more research on this and if I find anything I will write here.
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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:06 PM

I've been on a Jackie Chan kick recently (pun intended!)

After Wheels on Meals, I watched Project A - well, actually the next film I saw was Weng Weng in "For Your Height Only", but that's another story!

Project A II followed, and today I saw Young Master and Cannonball Run. Why they made Jackie Japanese, I'll never know...

Both Project A's were great, and Young Master was as well. I had an old PD disc of Young Master when I first started collecting DVDs, I think I got rid of it pretty quickly (dub, poor picture quality, possibly edited, possibly pan & scan.) Seeing the HKL version was like seeing a whole different film. Most of these I've been watching recently are borrowed from a friend who has a lot of the best possible versions, so I get to see the original cut/language, with good quality picture.

I had a question on David Lam (Lam Wai) from Project A II. Does he resemble another actor who has been in Jackie Chan/Martial Arts films? I looked at his "barely there" IMDB work as an actor, and then checked out the HKMDB as well (MUCH more extensive!) I didn't really see anything that jumped out at me as something I've seen him in recently, although I could be mistaken. Maybe he reminds me of the villain in Drunken Master II or something.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:04 PM

...Both Project A's were great, and Young Master was as well. I had an old PD disc of Young Master when I first started collecting DVDs, I think I got rid of it pretty quickly (dub, poor picture quality, possibly edited, possibly pan & scan.) Seeing the HKL version was like seeing a whole different film. Most of these I've been watching recently are borrowed from a friend who has a lot of the best possible versions, so I get to see the original cut/language, with good quality picture.

I had a question on David Lam (Lam Wai) from Project A II. Does he resemble another actor who has been in Jackie Chan/Martial Arts films? I looked at his "barely there" IMDB work as an actor, and then checked out the HKMDB as well (MUCH more extensive!) I didn't really see anything that jumped out at me as something I've seen him in recently, although I could be mistaken. Maybe he reminds me of the villain in Drunken Master II or something.


Can you get your friend to come on here? :D And show him my top 50 HK films as well.

I've seen David Lam Wai in tons of films so I'm sure you have seen him in secondary/background roles in some of the R1 Shaw Brothers films possibly like The Duel of the Century (1981), Five Element Ninjas (1982), House of Traps (1982) and heck many more. I can't think of who he looks like in DMII (are you thinking he looks like Ken Lo?).

Back on Wheels on Meals: you know the story on the name change correct? Did you hear about the "almost fight" between Benny the Jet and Jackie? The movie was definitely dubbed and made with different dubs in mind (with Cantonese for HK). JC states that it was successful in Europe, but currently cannot find info to back that up. He only talks a little bit about it in his autobiography. Most books I have just talk about the things I mentioned above.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

I've seen David Lam Wai in tons of films so I'm sure you have seen him in secondary/background roles in some of the R1 Shaw Brothers films possibly like The Duel of the Century (1981), Five Element Ninjas (1982), House of Traps (1982) and heck many more. I can't think of who he looks like in DMII (are you thinking he looks like Ken Lo?).

Back on Wheels on Meals: you know the story on the name change correct? Did you hear about the "almost fight" between Benny the Jet and Jackie? The movie was definitely dubbed and made with different dubs in mind (with Cantonese for HK). JC states that it was successful in Europe, but currently cannot find info to back that up. He only talks a little bit about it in his autobiography. Most books I have just talk about the things I mentioned above.

Yeah, I was thinking of Ken Lo, IMO they do look a bit similar (in some pictures), - I suck at descriptions, but here goes: high cheekbones, kind of a longer face, a bit of a jutting chin, etc. I think they are both a bit taller than some Chinese actors, as well. Looking at IMDB, Ken Lo is 5'10", which is probably tall for a Chinese ( a couple of inches taller than Jackie, anyway.) I can't find anything on David Lam's height. IMDB shows him as David Lam, and has a separate entry under Wai Lam.

To continue with the Jackie Chan stuff, I watched Cannonball Run II (and then the Jackie-less "sequel" Speed Zone.) Next up is Fantasy Mission Force.

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As far as Wheels on Meals goes, I know they had two flops starting with the letter M, so they changed it for superstitious reasons. I'm not sure about the almost fight, I read a bit about how someone accidently kicked Jackie, and then broke character to see if he was alright before someone said cut. The same thing may have happened later with Sammo, and the guy DIDN'T break character until he heard cut. Then there was something about him getting a water vase broken over his head in the last fight, which was kind of a good-natured payback from director? Sammo.

I'm starting to think that it was a case of dubbing after the fact, presumably with the multi-national cast speaking their own language and just dubbed into Cantonese (like they did with a lot of the HK and Italian films. The lip movements match pretty closely with the Cantonese speakers (even when talking to Europeans), but are off on the Europeans. Conversely, some of the Europeans seem to match the English dub pretty closely, like the rich guy in the car trying to ask directions. Presumably, most people there would actually speak Spanish, even the various immigrants (when talking to Barcelona residents or people of other nationalities.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:03 PM

...As far as Wheels on Meals goes, I know they had two flops starting with the letter M, so they changed it for superstitious reasons. I'm not sure about the almost fight, I read a bit about how someone accidently kicked Jackie, and then broke character to see if he was alright before someone said cut. The same thing may have happened later with Sammo, and the guy DIDN'T break character until he heard cut. Then there was something about him getting a water vase broken over his head in the last fight, which was kind of a good-natured payback from director? Sammo.
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Getting hit in HK films was nothing new at that point so only two things tended to piss people off: hitting full contact or breaking character. The whole thing between Benny (who was an undefeated kickboxer) and Jackie was just the banter between the two all throughout the making of the film (though you will hear different versions on who started it). JC was mostly kidding, but I don't think Benny got it at first and thought there was to be a real fight between the two. But as with a lot of issues, you will read different accounts on it out there.

JC got kicked quite bad by Hwang Jang-lee (I believe in Drunken Master but it could have been the earlier film) and on some accounts lost a tooth. He has had his nose broken several times by errant punches as well. Being on a JC film is dangerous.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:58 PM

I watched Fantasy Mission Force... Wow. Just, wow. It barely qualifies as a Jackie Chan film, although he was the only one who survived at the end. Heck, it barely qualifies as a film at all! o_0 Average WTF speed was 3 WTF's per minute!

This is probably one where dubbing would have actuallly helped (or made it cheesier, enough to actualy be funny)! It had a jumble of characters, and a jumble of genres, which may have kind of been the point. It was kind of like the ______ Movie films from 2 of the 6 Scary Movie writers - Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc. From WWII commandos, to a Hopping Vampire ghost story, to a tribe of Amazonian women, and finally a battle with a gang of post-apocalyptic Nazi punks in hockey masks, driving 1970s era cars!

I feel I should take up drinking after seeing this film. Either to watch it again while drunk, or just to blot out the memory of having seen it.

I wonder if this film qualifies as the most on-screen violence to women ever! I say on-screen meaning the women were on screen, not necessarily the violence... Jackie even kicks a group into unconsiousness, although they had masks on at the time, and his character didn't know they were women.

It's funny, I've written a lot more about this than I did about Project A 1 & 2, The Young Master, etc.

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Oh, on the bit about Wheels on Meals, it may be that the guy who kicked Jackie got yelled at a bit from Jackie for breaking character, and that could have tied into the banter/fight rumors... I'm not 100% sure it was even Wheels on Meals, it could have been Project A 1 or 2.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 11:57 AM

^ Are you familiar with why Jackie had to do that film (Fantasy Mission Force)?
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:39 AM

Yeah, kind of a favor to the guy who got him out of the contract with the not-so-hot director/producer, right?

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I watched Gorgeous today, and she was!
I fell in love with Shu Qi (or at least the character she played - "Bu")

I had a blast watching this, it was basically a romantic comedy, with a couple of "required" JC fight scenes spliced into the story. The fight scenes with the goons were funny, but the ones with the American didn't really fit the story. For that matter, I don't know if the whole "business rival" bit worked out all that well. I kind of felt they were going for a "Pretty Woman" or "My Fair Lady" type of thing at points, but they didn't really pursue it.

Scenes with Bu - Great!
Scenes with Bu & Jackie - Great!
Scenes with Bu & Albert - good.
Scenes with Jackie & Albert - ok.
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Scenes with Jackie being a financier/recycling king - yawn.
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Scenes with Bu's former boyfriend - forgettable (ok, the airport scene was kind of funny.)

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:58 AM

Yeah, kind of a favor to the guy who got him out of the contract with the not-so-hot director/producer, right?

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I watched Gorgeous today, and she was!
I fell in love with Shu Qi (or at least the character she played - "Bu")

I had a blast watching this, it was basically a romantic comedy, with a couple of "required" JC fight scenes spliced into the story. The fight scenes with the goons were funny, but the ones with the American didn't really fit the story. For that matter, I don't know if the whole "business rival" bit worked out all that well. I kind of felt they were going for a "Pretty Woman" or "My Fair Lady" type of thing at points, but they didn't really pursue it.
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Yes, remember the name Jimmy Wang Yu. He started off in the Shaw Brothers and became a star with The One Armed Swordsman. Kind of petered out in the 70s and went over to Taiwan (He did Master of the Flying Guillitine there). Somewhere along the line he got involved with triads and somewhere along the line he became quite powerful.

Don't forget that Gorgeous has a couple of different cuts. The American release (though it has Jackie on the commentary) is a shorter release. The longer release has at least one cameo missing (I know you would like to see who it is).

I think the fight scene with Brad Allan in awesome. He was a member of the stunt team at the time (first non-Asian). He did the stunt choreography for films such has Hellboy 2.

Have you seen Shu Qi in other films?
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:14 PM

Yeah, I saw the cut with the Stephen Chow cameo, it looks like Gorgeous and Stephen Chow's King of Comedy were made in the same year, so they probably swapped cameos in each other's film.

I haven't seen anything else with Shu Qi, although I own the Transporter. Well, I take that back, she was in the Storm Riders that I watched a couple of months ago. It took me a bit to recall her in that.

The fight scenes in Gorgeous were good, they were just kind of out of place, and felt shoehorned in - His friend and rival just says "To show up (Jackie), I'm going to get a fighter who's smaller, better looking, and a better fighter than he is!"

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:01 PM

Lots more Jackie. I've kind of been mixing the 70s films with the later ones.

After watching The Killer Meteors, Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin, Spiritual Kung Fu, and Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, I'm starting to realize that these earlier period works (similar to the Shaw Bros. style) are really starting to blend together for me. It's not that they're bad, and some of the fights are probably some of the best that Jackie's done, but how often can they do the formula of "X killed a father, brother, teacher, family, or whole school of kung fu, so Y seeks revenge, gets beaten, starts training (often with the help of an amazing new master), and finally triumphs over X."

I realize that all of those films don't necessarily fit everything in that formula. Part of it may be that they all take place during the Qing Dynasty and are (presumably) on the mainland in small villages, as opposed to something in a bustling town like Hong Kong. Of course, there is the other formula of Heroic Bloodshed that has the same kind of setting, but with warlords, bands of fighters with different skills, and lots of treachery.

The Killer Meteors - Interesting to see Jackie in a different role, and frankly, if I hadn't known Jackie was in the movie, I would have passed over his character as just another in a string of anonymous supporting characters from 70s martial arts fims. The long hair and costumes in this and To Kill With Intrigue are fairly anonymizing.

Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin - You can see the comedy starting up in this one, but it isn't polished yet.

Spiritual Kung Fu was actually pretty funny, although some of it didn't make a lot of sense.

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow - I've seen mention that this really developed Jackie's comedy, and the whole Kung Fu Comedy genre, and there were good moments in it, but hampered by the story. It was interesting seeing the beggar character before Drunken Master.

Winners and Sinners - The first Lucky Stars film (in essence). Lots of great moments in this from Jackie, Sammo, and the rest of the guys, although I didn't like Jackie's character beating the guy in interrogation. Of the two I've seen, I think I prefer My Lucky Stars, the Stars worked better as a team. The roller-skating under the trailer was pretty good, and I don't know if I've ever seen more cars involved in a collision!

Sorry for the shorter reviews on the following titles, I've run out of steam!
Armour of God - This was pretty fun, Jackie Chan meets Indiana Jones. The stunt that almost killed Jackie was kind of sobering. The 4 female fighters at the end were kind of freaky!

Mr. Canton and Lady Rose - This was really good, I enjoy seeing that era on screen, and it's kind of neat that Jackie redid a Frank Capra film. I need to hunt down A Pocketful of Miracles some day.. Actually, I just ordered that and Lady for a Day from the library.

Rumble in the Bronx - I've seen this one years ago, I was glad for a chance to see it again. I hadn't realized (or connected them) that Anita Mui was also the stepmother in Drunken Master II and the singer in Mr. Canton & Lady Rose. I think masterofoneinchpunch mentioned her in relation to Drunken Master II, but at the time I hadn't seen her in anything else.

Operation Condor - I think I like this better than the first one, I guess Nazi gold trumps religious artifacts (that aren't real), and crazy monks. I've heard some people say that the three girls drag the film down quite a bit, I actually enjoyed their bits (and their "bits"!) I liked their helmet fight.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:10 PM

It is usually best not to watch them too close :). It's weird to see Jackie so serious in his early films. Of course Lo Wei was trying to push him off as a "Bruce Lee" type and audiences were not buying. It took Snake in the Eagle's Shadow to make him a star in Hong Kong (and then even more so with Drunken Master). I start liking films that do not necessarily take place in the Qing Dynasty.

Here is an older Killer Meteor's review of mine:

The Killer Meteors (1976: Lo Wei):

Sometimes if an actor has not had a successful run as a lead then it behooves him or her to take a supporting role. After the box office failings of New Fist of Fury and Shaolin Wooden Men, Lo Wei decided to cast Jackie Chan as a villain in a secondary position to the lead of Jimmy Wang Yu (who starred in many popular pictures as a one-arm martial artist and many not-so-popular films as a two-arm martial artist.) Wang Yu's stardom was slowly fading at the time of this picture, but he had a much more recognizable name than Jackie's. Useless tidbit: according to Jackie, he made 12,000 HK dollars to Wang Yu's 50,000. The Killer Meteors was based on a Gu Long novel and it was the first of two films to be shot in Korea (To Kill with Intrigue was the second.)

Jimmy stars as Mi Wei the Killer Meteor, a sarcastic master of Kung Fu who know no equal. He is so feared and admired that criminals will cut off there fingers in repentance rather than to face his possible wrath and master martial artists serve underneath him. I like Wang Yu's performance with his cocky panache (he even keeps track of his enemies all 491 of them) and glib humor though his character is a bit too "strong" for there to be any real conflict in this film. Also, his weakness at martial arts is very noticeable because of the direction and his slowness (Master of the Flying Guillotine is a good example of where he is choreographed well.) But who needs adroitness of movement when you carry a cool weapon like the Killer Meteor. Only three people have seen this weapon and two of them are dead. Most of the time he uses it as a club on the criminals who are undeserving to die by it's true form.

Wei is approached by Qing, the famous Blue-Robed Swordsman who must bring him to the Celestial House of Hua the Hearty (Wa Wu Bin in some translations/dubbings) before July 15 (according to subtitles) or he will die. Mi is intrigued by this, for he is always looking for a challenge worthy of him, and goes with Qing. When he meets Hua (Jackie Chan) he finds a sick man who needs the Killer Meteor's help. Hua was poisoned by his wife in his Ginseng soup (otherwise a normally healthy soup) and she gives him a yearly dose of antidote. Hua does not like this arrangement and wants his wife dead and the antidote all for himself. Wei accepts this challenge though he learns of the four feared bodyguards of his wife: Blazing Star whose weapons are the Plum Blossom Needles (always a favorite of mine, though for weapons so small they always seem to be caught), Killer Hands with fierce suction grip (like GI Joe's Kung Fu grip with vacuum power), Black Lama whose good at black magic and Taoist Ghost (Lee Man Tai) who is good at tricks. Now these characters sound good, but there use in the film is less than desirable.

Unfortunately the plot is weak. There are too many twists and turns that negate previous plot points and characters who are not whom they seem to be. Or are they? My notes on this film is huge but explaining even half of them would be tedious. Generally if plots become overburdened then you can fall back on the martial arts in the film. With Jimmy being the lead character and unless he was being doubled for flips the martial arts are too slow and the action too pedantic. Also there is not a lot of fighting. There are two main fight scenes between Jackie and Jimmy. The first fight scene is the best while the finale is a bit disappointing. It takes place on wooden poles with stakes on the ground - resembling an action scene from Jimmy's earlier film Master of the Flying Guillotine and a bit like Yuen Woo Ping's Iron Monkey, though both are much more interesting. Luckily for the viewers Mi Wei shows off his killer weapon.

The Killer Meteors was a failure at the box office and did not help either Jimmy's or Jackie's career. Along with the confusing story and mediocre action scenes there are too many problems with this film ranging from the overuse of the "lifted" King Kong score to really cheap costumes. Yet, I cannot say I wholly disliked the film. I liked Jimmy's performance, Jackie's "bad guy" performance, some of the story, the beautiful scenery and the titular weapon. Since there is a plethora of better Jimmy Wang Yu and Jackie movies there is no reason to recommend this film unless you are into watching all of Jackie's or Wang Yu's films - like me.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:37 PM

A few more - This has definitely been a Jackie in January marathon!

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu - I really enjoyed the title sequence, with the spoofing of all of the standard martial arts heroes. This had lots of comedic moments, although I still don't think it came close to Drunken Master.

My Lucky Stars - I've seen this one before, I think I prefer it out of the three Lucky Stars films I've seen. Jackie's fight scenes are good (including the Arale fight), while the comedy from the Lucky Stars is great. It's like they were feeling their way in Winners & Sinners, perfected it in My Lucky Stars, and then ran out of steam in Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars.

The Protector - I watched the US cut and then the HK cut on consecutive days. Frankly, there is only so much Jackie could do to fix this, and I didn't notice that his edits to the main movie made much difference. Of course, his added subplot along with the reshot fight scenes helped a bit. I would have preferred to see the HK cut in English, or English/Cantonese like Rumble in the Bronx or something, but I guess he couldn't have removed the strong language without making awkward cuts to many of the scenes. Actually, I'd be interested in seeing a hybrid - leaving in the nudity and language, skipping any of the cuts Jackie did for pacing (they didn't do much IMO), and adding in the subplot and extended fight scenes that Jackie shot. The main movie could be English, and the subplot (and some other scenes in Hong Kong) be in Cantonese.

Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars - Like I said above, I preferred My Lucky Stars. The comedy in this one seemed more forced in some spots. The fights were good, but the villains seemed just kind of thrown in to move the story along.

Dragon Fist - Another of those formulaic "you killed my teacher" things, with the added twist that a misguided Jackie works for the baddies for a while.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:48 PM

^ Crazy month fuzzy.

I liked both Winners and Sinners and My Lucky Stars, but neither my favorites amongst HK cinema. I need to find a copy of Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, but I've never been in a huge hurry.

RE: The Protector: I'm a big fan of Superfoot Wallace so it was fun to watch him in it. I've read so much about the undefeated Kickboxer Wallace in Black Belt so it was great to see him in this even though he didn't always have the greatest things to say. I'm going to have to find some quotes from him (he's always outspoken).

Here's a couple of reviews I haven't posted here:

Winners and Sinners (1983: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo)

Winners and Sinners (aka Five Lucky Stars) is a film that I liked better the second time I watched it. After shaken off all expectations of a “Jackie and Sammo” film and accepted the uneven and scattered nature of this ensemble movie I enjoyed it more. This movie was more important though when it came out then it is considered today. Jackie had a recent flop in Dragon Lord, though I did enjoy the movie, and Golden Harvest had been in a bit of a slump. Producer Leonard Ho got the idea from Cannonball Run (which Jackie Chan and Michael Hui had parts in) to create an assemblage of popular Hong Kong stars to star in this film. Winners and Sinners was a success spawning several sequels and reunited Jackie with Seven Little Fortune alums Sammo and Yuen Biao (who helped with martial art choreography; though his cameo as a fellow CID officer is less than a minute as a quick fight versus Jackie.)

The Five Lucky Stars are cons who after spending their time in jail take a straight job with a cleaning company led by Curly aka Jack So (played by real life democracy advocate John Shum) who was framed for instigating a crowd to do harm in a parody of his real-life exhorts. The other four are Ranks aka Larry (Stanley Fung), Teapot (Sammo Hung who also directed this) as a cat burglar, Vaseline (Charlie Chin) a slick thief, and Exhaust Pipe (Richard Ng who performance was nominated as Best Actor for the Hong Kong Film Awards) who is bad at thieving automobile parts. They all live with Jack’s sister known as Sis (Cherie Chung.) Unfortunately they spend way too much time trying to get her attention, leaving a lull in the early parts of the film. However there are some great gags such as Richard Ng thinking he is invisible with Wu Ma’s great response to shatter his misconception – “...pretty good vision even when it comes to small objects” and a blind couple playing a Rod Stewart song at a carnival.

There are some great stunt and fight scenes led by 7086 (Jackie Chan) a bumbling CID officer who beats up wrong suspects, kills his superior’s turtle and accidentally throws a kid’s ice cream away. When he is not destroying everything in his path he is part of an awesome stunt scene involving skates (at least he learned something good from The Big Brawl though he is doubled on some of the trickier roller tricks) and part of a good fight scene in a cafeteria with a little person with horrific teeth. The “ouch factor” is quite high in one scene where a villain gets kicked out of a window and lands on a concrete ledge than falls to the ground. I have the highest respect for these stuntmen who kill themselves for our enjoyment. This film definitely deserved the Hong Kong award for best Action Choreography.

The story is mostly non-existent until the boilerplate briefcase full of counterfeit bills makes it’s appearance. It belongs to Chan Chiu (James Tien always good as a cigar chomping villain) who is head of a triad gang. He was going to trade it to another triad gang led by Ho Man but it got intercepted and eventually and unknowingly in the possession of the Five Lucky Stars Cleaning Company. Of course, Agent 7086 wants this briefcase too.

But this film was not made for the plot. It was made to be a crowd pleasing mixture of comedy and action, both of which it does very well. It parodies the more serious films with scenes such as Charlie Chin and Fung Hark On doing a martial art pose-down fight and the final action scene that blends comedy and stunts takes place in a warehouse which gets me thinking on how many films I have seen that have the last fight scene in a warehouse (rhetorical thought of course). There are some problems with the film besides the inert beginning including he abysmal electronic soundtrack that is eerily reminiscent of Heart of Dragon’s soundtrack and the misuse of Lam Ching Ying as Chan’s butler Chan. Overall this is an enjoyable film that is fun to watch that showcases several outstanding Hong Kong comedians and several outstanding action performers.

My Lucky Stars (1985: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo)

Some films seem destined to have sequels. This is especially true if you have a multitude of popular stars that do not have to contribute to the whole film (and if one does not work out replace him), a boilerplate formula and financial success on the first movie. In fact, My Lucky Stars (1985) was more of a hit in HK than its predecessor Winners and Sinners (1983) with the original raking in 22M HK dollars and the sequel 30.7M HK. While I have grown in appreciation of the first film, I have also grown a little less interested in the first sequel though a few segments transcend above the mostly mediocre material. When watching this film it is good to think of this as an ensemble piece not a Jackie Chan or a Sammo Hung film (though Sammo did direct this in his most prolific period and after the success of The Own and Dumbo (1984)). That frame of mind might help in enjoying this uneven picture more.

In the beautiful locale of Japan, Muscles (Jackie Chan) is chasing a corrupt Hong Kong cop (Lam Ching Ying: Mr Vampire) though an amusement park with the help of Ricky (Yuen Biao: Prodigal Son in an extended cameo compared to Winners and Sinners) until Ricky gets whisked away by a band of ninjas. This nice little 11 minute sequence of Jackie works well with the fight choreography and shows some nice jump stunts by Jackie. I am not sure of Sammo's use of slow motion in the beginning though. It just seems timed poorly (I have sensed this problem in a few of his movies like Mr. Nice Guy). There is also a strange scene where Muscles gets stopped by tourists to take a picture. If you were chasing a crook would you let yourself be stopped by tourists?

Jackie needs help to find his partner. The help will have to come in the form of five trusted crooks since the cops could be spotted by the former HK officer. The ringleader is Sammo (once again having a horrific haircut) and he (after a stint in jail) has to recruit the old gang: Rawhide (Stanley Fung: The Owl And Dumbo), Sandy (Richard Ng: Shanghai Express), Herb (Charlie Chin) and Round Head (Eric Tsang who is in this movie instead of John Shum from the first film). They will be lead by a legitimate police officer Inspector Woo (Sibelle Hu playing basically the same foil role as Cherie Chung did in the first – I did say this was a boilerplate formulaic movie) who is consistently being hit on by the males (during a very tiring six minute gag) while having to take them to Japan.

The whole second act of the film and the majority of the movie are the comedic sequences of Sammo getting the gang together, meeting the female assistant and going to Japan. While some of it can be funny (Richard Ng is almost always hilarious and those damn curly haired bus drivers), some of it is just strange like the Eric Tsang sequence of playing "fly" poker and some jokes just fill like filler. And there is that Bolo Yeung Sze cameo.

When the third act starts with the appearance of Jackie Chan the pace of the movie goes from stagnant to ludicrous speed (interesting how the comedy segments were less fun than the action). Without giving too much away the haunted house fight segment with Jackie Chan going through the maze like corridors is quite good and the most talked about aspect of this film is the Japanese villainess played by female bodybuilder Nishiwaki Michiko in her first Hong Kong role (she did not speak Cantonese at the time) and her fight with Sibelle Hu. Her fight introduction (disrobes her kimono and then flexes) has also been mentioned in many male-written reviews. There are other fights with Lam Ching Ying and Lau Kar Wing that are quite good if a bit short. Also check out that nasty fall toward the end – breaking bodies for our entertainment.

Fans of action films will find something to like in this movie. While it is quite uneven there are worthy scenes (especially the end and beginning) to watch several times. Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung fanatics will, of course, have to watch this, but on multiple viewings will probably only want to watch the first and third act. If you have not seen Winners and Sinners then see that film first. The comedy aspects did not work as well for me as the first movie and the characters seemed less in depth. Richard Ng was underused and that is enough to make me and anyone angry.

I have the uncut R1 Fortune Star/Fox release which has a good transfer but no extras except trailers. The big minuses are the dubtitles and no original mono. The dubtitles are quite atrocious because of the amount of narration (voice over) on the English dub causing a huge amount of phantom subtitles if you listen to the Cantonese track (no one speaks but the words are there) and at least one questionable in taste Japanese imitation. Also since a lot of the humor is verbal, a lot is lost in translation. Here is another example of a Hong Kong R1 release that does not match the Hong Kong Legends R2 release for extras including a Bey Logan commentary (unless you would prefer a scholar like Stephen Teo doing your commentary).
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

City Hunter - Pretty wacky, I liked it though. It was over the top in scenes, like Kung Fu Hustle. The Chun-Li bit was disturbing!

The Accidental Spy - I saw the edited and dubbed version last year, I never understand why the US studios feel they have to butcher Asian films so much.

Dragons Forever - This was pretty fun, with Sammo and Yuen Biao teaming up with Jackie. Jackie starts off as an anti-hero womanizing lawyer working for the bad guys. At one point, the three Fortunes even fight each other. Benny Urquidez (Wheels on Meals) faces the stars once again, this time sporting a pretty messed up looking face, and eyeliner!

The Fearless Hyena - Decent, with a gimmicky fighting style at the end where Jackie uses 4 emotions.

Fearless Hyena Part II - So Jackie walked out early in production... That's okay, they'll make the movie anyway! Using disguised "Jackie" characters, lifting scenes from such films as Spiritual Kung Fu, and even stealing the fight scene from his own The Fearless Hyena, producer/director Lo Wei pieces together a film that would have best been left unfinished.

Police Story - The Police Story films are decent, with action and comedy, without being slapstick-y. Jackie has to protect a witness for a drug lord trial.

Kung Fu Girl - Jackie has a bit role in this early work, the star is Chang Pei-Pei (of Come Drink With Me.) In this one, Jackie plays a Japanese thug that gets beaten soundly, and then fades into the background.

Police Story 2 - The lawyer for the drug lord returns in this, as an ineffective threat against Jackie and his girlfriend. The real threat comes from some extortionists who are bombing various sites.

The Magnificent Bodyguards - A long time ago, in a galaxy far away... Wait, what? Another Lo Wei effort, this time casting Jackie as a bodyguard who accompanies a woman and a sick man through bandit-infested mountains. More twists than a pretzel factory! They lifted entire chunks of the Star Wars soundtrack for this one. This was originally filmed in 3-D, so you might see the occasional spear being thrust at the screen. The 3-D version is pretty hard to come by, and from screenshots I've seen, doesn't look to be in very good shape. Plus, I think that version may be edited, I'm not sure.

All in the Family - The infamous "Jackie Chan Porno", although this is really just more of a standard sex comedy. It doesn't compare even to a softcore "Skinemax" show, rather, it's closer to an R-rated comedy. Not much in the way of action, except with an encounter between a rickshaw driver and a pedestrian that he bumped into.

Police Story 3: Supercop - Jackie and Michelle Yeoh go undercover to stop the biggest source of drugs in mainland China. This set the stage for Michelle's spinoff sequel: Supercop 2 (or Project S.) I think that is coming out on Dragon Dynasty, I'm not sure.

New Fist of Fury - The "official" sequel to Fist of Fury, with a returning actress and some of the same crew. I wonder if this one is all that popular in Japan... :P

Twin Dragons - Two Jackies for the price of one! I enjoy wacky films like this: The Parent Trap, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers, etc. Jackie is two brothers separated at birth, one grows up to be a concert pianist/conducter, the other is a street thug. This has lots of the standard "mistaken identity" gags, and has the girlfriends of each character falling for the opposite character. Of course, there is trouble, from a gang of toughs that "street" Jackie and his friend tangled with earlier.

Dragon Lord - This has Jackie goofing off instead of practicing/studying, and he is smitten with a local girl (as is his friend.) There aren't a lot of fights, but the final fight is a doozy! There are also some sports, like Hackysack Soccer or something, and a rugby-like game where 5-6 teams of 10-20 players each are trying to get a golden ball from atop a giant pyramid and return it to their home spot. Reading the IMDB reviews, it sounds like the US version was changed quite a bit from the original, so I would suggest people look for the original version.

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