Not very good. Jackie Chan's character so far in the films I've seen up to this point chronologically keep getting more and more immature and it's annoying. Mars playing his best friend was even worse. The final scene is so boring and so inconsequential, being placed entirely after the plot as been wrapped up, is almost twenty minutes long, and holds the world record for most takes for a scene with like 2900. A transitional film for Jackie Chan, from period martial arts films to the contemporary, action, big set piece, crazy stunt films to come. Also, a Tien Feng sighting as Jackie Chan's constantly disappointed father!
"I'm gettin' too old for this shit, Jackie"
04. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (Winners & Sinners) (1983, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
A comedy about ex-cons trying to stay straight by starting their own cleaning company, only to be accidentally mixed up in a Triad war. Very good. All of the leads are fantastic, especially Robert Ng, John Shum, Stanley Fung and of course Sammo Hung. Okay, the only one I didn't love was Charlie Chin but he plays his role of the pseudo-rich playboy pretty well. Cherie Chung is actually really decent in a mostly thankless ingenue role. and if you're desperate to see a blind family busking a cover of Rod Stewart's Young Turks, or see Ann Hui as a fast food employee being held up at gunpoint by a dwarf, you are in luck. Oh and of course, Lam Ching-ying plays an old man. He must've had stock in grey hair dye.
05. 'A' gai wak (Project 'A') (1983, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
Amazing. Jackie Chan saves Victorian Hong Kong from pirates. Big sets, crazy stunts, hyperkinetic. Ocular caffeine, essentially. Sammo Hung typically steals the scene when he's involved. The new restoration recently released by Eureka looks really nice as well, a significant improvement over old transfers.
06. Kuai can che (Wheels on Meals) (1984, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung try to help out a very attractive Lola Forner who is constantly being kidnapped by a gang of middle-aged thugs. An odd start, as the credits show all these shots of Barcelona, including the Gaudí church, only for the first two characters they meet to be referred to as Italians. But no, this is really set in Barcelona, where everyone speaks Cantonese (this must be that odd feeling for the rest of the world when everyone in a Hollywood film speaks English). Slightly overlong. Sammo, playing "the world's dumbest private detective" is intentionally a third wheel to Jackie and Biao, who own a food van, and have far too many skateboarding montages. We get it, they hip young dudes. No one knows what the hell is going on, or why they've spent the last two weeks helping Forner out of scrapes, until immediately preceding the final sequence. And it's almost as if they knew the end fight sequences were getting too bloated, redundant, never-ending, as the final fight scene, finally confronting the big baddie... just sort of...ends.
100 Classic Martial Arts Films, 19/99
02. Shi di chu ma (The Young Master) (1980, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)