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  • All I can say is, this is definitely a Jackie Chan movie and fans will definitely not be disappointed at all. Even with his advancing age and toning down of action scenes, Jackie still has it in him and never fails to entertain. For those fans wondering about action scenes, sure Jackie isn't what he used to be back in the heyday of 80's Hong Kong cinema, but his top notch action choreography is still inventive and fun to watch, and there are many fun set pieces. The comedy is also very well done and there are many endearing scenes with the real star of the show, baby Matthew Medvedev, who will melt any viewer's heart. Jackie and his co-stars' characters are very sympathetic and the acting for the most part is spot on. Benny Chan does an excellent job directing his stars and shows that he is not only able to direct a serious action crime drama like Chan's previous New Police Story but is also adept at the family action comedy as well. There are many cameos from well known HK stars, so be sure to watch out for them. Chan fans will appreciate a special extended cameo. Overall an enjoyable quality Chan family movie.
  • I first saw Jackie Chan in the Hollywood film'Rush Hour2'which was pretty interesting.But my uncle,who is a movie critic,told me that a true Jackie Chan fan must see the hit film 'Drunken Master'. Over the years I saw many Jackie Chan films,both Hollywood,Chinese,and even a Korean movie but none could compare itself to the legendary 'Drunken Master'series. To be honest, I was very disappointed by Jackie's recent Hollywood films,including 'The Medallion'and 'Around the World in 80days'.None of his Hollywood films could compete with 'Drunken Master'. 'Rob B Hood'opened in theaters in my native land Korea the same day as in Hong Kong. Because it was edited into 110minutes from the original 134minute version,there were many scenes that just non understandable,but on the whole,if you watch this film,Jackie Chan is back to his original Chinese roots. The jokes and action are like the ones in 'Drunken Master'. Of course,recently Jackie Chan made a statement that he wouldn't act any more action films, but I hope to see him in many more films like Rob B Hood. Cheers to the one man in Asia whom even Hollywood superstars look up to.
  • Jackie Chan is undoubtedly one of the few Asian stars whose name alone can open a movie, probably worldwide now. With his latest offering for the Chinese National Day holiday in Rob- B-Hood, he has again done back to basics, together with one of his collaborators of late Benny Chan (New Police Story, Who Am I), with his mantra of "no sex no violence", but just pure action.

    In his recent movies, while staying true to his brand of action together with his band of merry men from the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, there is no denial of his attempt to infuse a little more drama into his role so as to showcase his acting chops. While his acting in slow moments might not appeal to fans of his action, it looks like dramatic moments are here to stay. However, if you'd notice there's a progression in his willingness to move away from one- man-army type of roles, to sharing the limelight with his fellow co-stars.

    Here, his screen time is almost equally shared with co-lead Louis Koo, with the both of them playing unsavoury characters - thieves with vices, with Chan as Thongs, a hardcore gambler with family issues, and Koo as Octopus, a married womanizer and fast car lover. They turn to their current profession of thievery to sustain their lifestyle, and the brains behind the duo's brawn is Landlord, played by veteran Michael Hui, a man whose wife is devastated by the loss of their only child.

    See the plenty of moments for some serious drama yet? It is perhaps these moments where an exploration into the character's background slowed down the pace of what could've been a rip-roaring ride from start to end. Clocking in at 135 minutes, the movie felt that it could've been shortened as certain scenes were just too trying. The action scenes too were few and far between, though each scene is still carefully choreographed and felt that it lasted longer than the usual.

    The comedic element came in full swing with the introduction of the baby, which probably is the movie's trump card in luring the crowds (my friend and I didn't think he was that adorable actually). It's nothing new as the antics of soiled diapers, refusal to stop crying, and various moments of what baby would do, have already been touched upon in movies like 3 Men and a Baby, or even Raising Arizona. However, having one actor play daddy, and the other play mommy, does call for some genuine laughs sometimes.

    Louis Koo has been playing the bad guy role to aplomb with his Election movies, and here, it's a nice change to see him tackle both comedy and action. I truly welcomed Michael Hui's return to the big screen, as one of my favourite comedies as a kid, was his Chicken and Duck Talk. Here though, there aren't many moments where he exhibited his classic bossy demeanour full of wit and sarcasm, probably hampered by the script.

    The supporting casts consists of actors past and present in roles that either brought back some good memories, or are milked just for laughs. Yuen Biao was the other supporting role that compelled me to watch this movie, as he seemed to have faded from starring in movies for some time now. He doesn't have much to do here, save for some limited screen action. Actresses like Charlene Choi, Teresa Carpio and Gao Yuanyuan add balance to the testosterone on screen, but probably the best cameo appearance belongs to the duo of Nicholas Tse and Daniel Wu (totally different from what you see now in The Banquet)!

    As always, stay at your seats while the end credits roll, for the usual out-takes included. My only gripe would still be to have this shown in Cantonese, somehow the dubbing of the out- takes sounded really too artificial.
  • Humour does vary but there's something about this movie thats just so funny. I rarely laugh hard at any movie even comedies and i still found myself breathless from laughter. I love Jackie Chan in his old ways of making movies away from Hollywood, its much more deep and funnier. There are only handful of impressive action scenes but the comedy and drama makes up for this. Yes drama and a fairly good one for a Jackie Chan film.

    I've been a fan ever since in whatever he does and will always be. At the end of the day it all comes down to the entertainment value and this movie is surely entertaining. Its just pure fun, not taking it too seriously will also liven up the viewing of the film. Don't be critical, after all this hard work is to bring you entertainment, an hour of two away from all seriousness.

    Watch it for entertainment not for criticizing. 10/10 simply because one of the jokes made me laugh so hard.
  • Latest Jackie Chan film is a wildly overly long (well over 2 hours) comedy action film about a trio of safe crackers who use the loot to fuel their addictions. When things take a turn for the worst the trio kidnaps a baby, the same one that they had saved earlier in the film. When one of the trio is hurt and thrown in jail after the getaway, the remaining two, Jackie Chan and Louis Koo must care for the kid. Of course they bond with the kid and of course circumstance provides for some death defying action sequences.

    I really didn't care for this film. Sure its nice to see Jackie playing a semi-not so nice guy, but on the whole this is the sort of thing we've seen a dozen or so times before, and I'm not talking action. For me much of the film was past formulaic and into the cliché rut. How many films have their been about grown men with no baby experience taking care of infants? How many of them have gags stolen by this film? As for the action sequences they take a bit of a back seat to the comedy and the baby. Sure there are some nice bits, Jackie walking down the air conditioners and the car chase/crash are good little sequences but they too ring of things that have gone before. It could be argued that Jackie is getting up there, he's 52, but its not that what he's doing is bad its just that its a bit lifeless and repetitive when compared to his earlier films.

    It also doesn't help that the film is paced so,leisurely that we feel every one of its 130 plus minutes. This is a movie in need of some real trimming.

    A miss. Wait for cable.

    4.5 out of 10, 5 out of 10 for IMDb purposes
  • "Robin-B-Hood" is one of the better recent Jackie Chan movies I have seen. Why? Well, obviously because of the trademark Jackie Chan action sequences, but also because of the story in the movie.

    Jackie Chan (playing Fong Ka Ho) and Louis Koo (playing Octopus) are two professional burglars that live extravagant lives that require a lot of spending money, and get hired for job that promises million of Hong Kong dollars, though Michael Hui (playing Landlord) fails to inform his burglar associates that the job is to kidnap a baby. Fong Ka Ho and Octopus get attached to the baby, and then things start to escalate to a wild thrill-ride.

    Jackie Chan puts on a great performance in this movie, as expected, and he is doing all of his trademark action and stunts, lots of action and comedy here. And he is well accompanied by Louis Koo who also puts on a good performance. I am a huge fan of Asian cinema and used to live in Hong Kong so I am no strangers to the Hong Kong cinema, and I must say that Charlene Choi (playing Pak Yin), despite her small role, actually put on one of her best performances ever. It is nice to see that she is finally growing into a good actor and is over that sugar-coated silly comedy that she made when she was younger.

    The story in the movie have several aspects and depths and all work out quite nicely coming together full circle at the end. "Robin-B-Hood", despite the somewhat stupid title, is a really great action and family movie. Very suitable for fans of Jackie Chan or people in for an evening with the family. And I must underline that "Robin-B-Hood" is a MUST for all Jackie Chan fans. Sure he is getting older, but the man is still performing amazing stunts and spreading his good humor.

    I was thoroughly entertained from the start of the movie until the very end. And I purchased the 2-disc Ultimate Edition from Amazon, and will definitely be giving the extra materials on disc 2 a go later on today.
  • whitemule173 July 2007
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    *minor spoilers* Amusing and entertaining at times, 'Rob-B-Hood' was overlong. This was clearly a huge-budget movie extravaganza. It contained all kinds of elements: over-the-top action, complex & dangerous stunts, plots, subplots and more subplots, plenty of secondary characters who really have no point to the story at all, a Chinese all-star cast (Jackie Chan, Louis Koo, Yuen Biao, Michael Hui, Charlene Choi from the singing group "Twins", and more, including cameos), some goofy romantic aspects; all rolled into one, long movie and what do you get? A story about three kind-hearted thieves, two of whom have to baby-sit an infant they kidnapped, who have to battle Triads who also want that baby. The movie was way over two hours, and the uncut version contained at least 30 more minutes of footage.

    The fight choreography was fairly good, but it went back to the usual "Jackie Chan defeats them all" formula. Yuen Biao surprisingly returns to team up with Chan. Overall it was a movie aimed for all audiences, even though it contained some really intense scenes. Like all big-budget movie extravaganzas, when there are too much of everything, the basic story lags. Not too bad, though. Recommended for everyone, I guess, especially for those who like Jackie Chan, but to those who do watch it, you're in for a long night.
  • I first wanted to say its not nearly as bad as some of the other idiots who reviewed this film said it was. This movie does have some scenes that miss the mark and weren't really needed, but all in all I was satisfied. After watching New Police Story I needed to see Jackie in a film that's more fun, and Rob-B-Hood certainly delivers! Even though this movie's main element isn'the fighting there are some really nice fight sequences, the best of which is towards the end (as always!). The entire finale takes place in an amusement park over rides, ATVs, and speeding roller coasters! I felt that some of the danger the baby was put in was unnecessary but definitely gave Jackie chances to use death defying stunts. If you can get over the fact that the obviously fake baby is visible from time to time you will enjoy this. TWO THUMBS UP!

    I also thought I should add that this film ended up outgrossing X-Men: the Last Stand AND Mission Impossible III at the 2006 Chinese box office!
  • This action comedy flick starring Jackie Chan and Louis Koo as burglars Thongs and Octopus, whose job is to kidnap a baby. Later on, the baby develops strong paternal feelings to the two crooks, leading them to play the role of father.

    There are plenty of good-old-fashion Jackie Chan action and slapstick humor. While the story has an intriguing concept, it is overloaded with multiple subplots, which dragged the film at times. The "protecting the baby from the triads" storyline is quite appealing, however, and it does create some suspense. There is also a little good mixture of drama, especially the touching scenes involving Thongs' father (Feng Ku). The acting was also OK, but I thought Chan and Koo playing the two father figures together was a bit odd.

    There is a large cast of characters in the movie, but it was especially nice to see comic veteran Michael Hui return to film, as well as martial artist Yuen Biao.

    Overall, it is an average action comedy flick - not too bad.

    Grade C+
  • just saw the rating of 6.7 and thought it was a little bit high, but i would rate this a solid 6. this is one of Jackies better movies in a while and he tries to go back to his roots, like his movies from the 80's and early 90's.

    i enjoyed his old movies cause they were silly and the action was fantastic and crazy and also full of cameos by famous actors and actresses from hong kong. this movie has all that except for the fisticuffs which are a little lacking in this movie and weak in my opinion compared to his prime.

    the movie was a little bit sappy in my opinion also, but the baby was really really cute. the story involves Jackie who plays a lowlife gambler who is shunned by his family and his two partners. Louis Koo plays partner #1, who is a handsome womanizer who is actually married and partner #2 is none other then Michael Hui, the eldest of the Hui brothers. it has been a while since i saw him in a movie, and he plays the leader of the 3 man ring.

    they somehow get roped into kidnapping a baby and the shenanigans and hi-jinx start from there. along the way there is mobsters, triad debt collectors and of course the police, including yuen baio who plays a police detective who has known Jackie's character for a long time.

    for some reason the fighting doesn't appeal to me anymore, there were enough fight scenes but they are nothing compared to the old days. there were plenty of stunts in the movie and one incredible jaw-dropping stunt by Jackie about a 1/3 of the way thru the movie. you have to see how he gets away from the debt collectors while on top of a 10 story building and he really did the stunt himself. INCREDIBLE!

    another reason to watch his movies back in the day was for the cameos and this one doesn't disappoint. check out Daniel Wu and Nicky tse as 2 homosexual and inept armor truck guards, it was hilarious. besides that one there were at least 5 other cameos by famous hong kong personalities.

    all in all, a very high class production, you could tell a lot of money went into the making of this movie. not one of his greats but a very good watch, makes you long for the good old days though.
  • poe42617 February 2012
    Warning: Spoilers
    Eschewing his sparkling-clean good guy image, Jackie Chan teams up with Louis Koo (THROW DOWN) in ROBIN B HOOD to kidnap a child. There are, of course, the requisite action scenes involving some bone-crushing full contact martial arts and at least one clearly death-defying stunt by Chan: he descends the outside of a towering apartment building by dropping from one air conditioner to the next, all the way to the ground. It's a breath-taking descent and is reason enough to see this one, but the real surprise are the characters. There's an elderly woman whose child was stillborn who walks around cuddling a lifesize baby doll. It's a genuinely sad thing to see. The kid, too, steals his share of scenes. And let's not forget the horrors of diaper-changing: you'll never see this kind of thing, done this way, in a Hollywood movie- I guarantee it.
  • I did not enjoy the previous effort of a Benny Chan directed Jackie Chan film in "New Police Story" that I was definitely worried about a "Three Men and a Baby" inspired effort. The result was mixed, but going in with low expectations I was pleasantly surprised. "Rob-B-Hood" (US release name is a bizarre name change to "Robin-B-Hood" though in this movie there is no stealing from the rich to give to the poor; neither title is very good) is the third film in the collaboration between Benny Chan and Jackie Chan and Benny's first attempt at a comedic action film. While this film was successful in Asia it was not theatrically released in North America and most of Europe.

    Jackie Chan and Louis Koo Tin-Lok star as mediocre bad guys Thongs and Octopus. Jackie Chan tired of stereotypical nice guy roles wanted to play a criminal, though his character Thongs is a burglar and compulsive gambler, the "good guy" nature of his character comes through quite clearly and his performance does not veer far from most of Jackie's previous personae. This role is a good step in broadening his experience as an actor. Octopus is a married womanizer who works with Thongs. He married very young to Pak Yin (the terminally cute Charlene Choi) and is doing his best to woo wealthy young women while avoiding his wife. Thongs and Octopus both work under the guidance of the Landlord (Michael Hui) a conservative criminal who hoards his theft while the other two spend their "earnings".

    The Landlord has had his loot stolen by another criminal (he suspects everyone after this) so he allows himself to get contracted to a nefarious case to kidnap a baby for seven million dollars and give the infant to the possible grandfather to test if the baby is his sons (the son is dead and currently frozen in a very expensive decorated freezer). Thongs and Octopus both need the money so they acquiesce and help the Landlord with the felony. Of course, Thongs and Octopus, through a partially botched kidnapping attempt, are forced to take care of the cute defecating infant until they can reestablish getting the kid to who hired them. And, of course, they get attached to the baby (I cannot believe the baby got nominated for Hong Kong Film Award's Best New Performer category).

    Some of the negatives of this film include the ill-defined female characters (it seems they would have been better characterization in the original three-hour workprint, but that meant a whole lot more exposition); especially Gao Yuan-Yuan's Melody character who I had trouble figuring out what her relationship with Thongs was the first time I watched this. Some of the baby poop jokes were overdone as well as some of the infant's scenes in general (reportedly the child was an infant terrible on the set; delaying shooting and helping push the film over budget). There is only so much you can do with a babbling, spitting, crying child with flatulence. Yuen Biao's Inspector Steve Mok character is definitely underused (as well as Michael Hui), though at least he gets more than a cameo in this film. And then there is the horrible overuse of Pepsi advertising including one scene where Jackie slides down a pole revealing the largest Pepsi graffiti I have ever seen.

    I did end up liking this film though. There is a certain congenial innocence with the lead characters that works well in this comedic action hybrid. In most Jackie Chan movies there are little stunts that sometimes seem as throwaways but are quite dangerous and are done with Keatonesque ease. In this movie Jackie slides down a staircase column and props himself up with ease at the end. If he fell on the wrong side he could have been seriously injured, but since it is so effortlessly it seems so simple. Jackie Chan has used more wires in his stunts and it definitely shows in this film, but I do not fault him for it, since his body cannot handle the punishment like it used to. The stunt where he jumps from air conditioner to air conditioner to the bottom of the street is impressive (even if a wire was used) and his and Louis Koo's stunts in the amusement park owned by the grandfather (location was Ocean Park) were quite good. In fact Jackie was said to be impressed of Koo who was willing to do many of his own stunts in the movie.

    There could have been more fighting in this movie but there is a good scene in the apartment of Jackie between Jackie, Yuen Biao, Ken Lo and more. It is inspired by a similar scene in Project A (this is also mentioned in the Benny Chan commentary), but still pleasant. While there are many faults in this film and I think that many action purists will not like this film, I found much that was enjoyable from the comedy to the action and stunts. Now please Jackie no more movies with babies.
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    jackie chan has been disappointing as of late with movies like the tuxedo and them medallion, there enjoyable movies but action wise they are just not up there, they rely on wires and special effects, and even though there is a tiny bit of that here, for the most part this is classic jackie chan, the story is about three thieves who are in desperate need of some money, when they get and offer for £30 million to kidnapp a baby after some hesitation they do, and this leads to all kind of mayhem, if they haven't got people after them they are up in there necks in baby boo and nappies. the movie is very funny and kinda reminded me of the feeling of wheels on meals and my lucky stars kind of action/comedy, but the thing that surprised me most about robin-b-hood was that it was very touching and had a good heart, jackie and co start to genuinely love the kid and it's heartbreaking at the end. all that aside tho robin-b-hood delivers in the action department and there are some of the best stunts he's done since the accidental spy, and the fight scenes are brilliant too, not as good as new police story, robin-b-hood is a solid jackie chan movie that delivers everything you expect from the chan man, great stuff
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    I am a huge fan of Jackie Chan. I have and loved his autobiography, along with a good deal of his American movies. I love the cartoon. I started to watch it just cause it had him in it. I will watch anything of his and it's really, really hard to get me to not like it... Well they must have worked exceedingly hard. The movie is dubbed in English horribly, and is so incredibly, unbearably tedious I stopped watching it and tried to lay there and fall asleep instead. At a half hour I was thinking oh come on it has to be at least half over! but no I rummaged around till I found the case... IT'S OVER 2 HOURS LONG! I didn't have high expectations for it... I was just thinking something to watch when I was bored and a little like the pacifier in terms of comedies with a baby... but with baby-napping... So I got Rush Hour 3 which I loved and this. Don't waste your time watching it... There is no funny at all at least when I gave up at 45 minutes into it... Everyone's life sucks, main characters are: Jerk Of The Year, Jackie as Loser Gambler, Blind Dude with insane depressed wife... No part of it is happy... I really want to go return it just cause I hate giving 20 bucks for that crappy of a movie. Like it sucked so bad I still can't believe it. I don't know why Jackie would have done this rush hour 3 came out on DVD at like the same time so it's not like for the work or for the money... And you know Rush Hour 3 had to pay well and it's not like if he wanted to do more movies he couldn't. It's just incomprehensible why when he needs no padding in his career he would subject anyone to this drivel. In short, MOVIE SUCKS DON'T BUY! I definitely won't blindly trust Jackie to give me a good movie anymore that's for sure... If you have an option between watching paint dry/staring at an already painted wall or watching this the wall wins by a landslide.
  • "Rob-B-Hood" tries to be too many things at once (caper movie, slapstick comedy, action flick, "message" melodrama), and ends up quite messy. I found the story needlessly hard to follow, and the tearjerking at some points (the "car battery" scene) shamelessly overdone. The baby-in-jeopardy incidents aren't particularly entertaining either, especially for young mothers! But there are some pretty good chase / fight scenes, a couple of amazing stunts (though you can see in the making-of that some of them were done with the help of wires, you still can't deny Jackie's precision), and it's a treat to see Yuen Biao in (brief) fighting action again. It's also nice to see the HK film industry continuing its long tradition of impossibly beautiful women - Yuanyuan Gao, Charlene Choi and Cherrie Ying have the kind of faces you can just look at for hours....neither of them are on the screen for very long though. For a better Benny Chan - Jackie Chan project, check out "Who Am I?" or "New Police Story". (**)
  • w-714742 May 2020
    8/10
    Funny
    When I was a kid, I always liked to chase behind Jackie Chan to see the story of his hero. When I grew up, the movies that I had talked about in the past were all marked with no content by me. Martial arts are just martial arts, and have no deeper meaning. The eyes flashed in the blink of an eye, and there was no such charm that the field could not disperse. Neither "Hero" nor "Myth", even the "Yan Banquet" that I was looking forward to did not let me change this view. Qu San ended up without much thinking, and even the commentary was too lazy to mention the pen. But this action comedy just broke my long-standing mode of thinking.

    After reading it, I was wondering if there are many things that are really precious to us that we have forgotten in the hurry of life? In the film, for example, the flip-flop has lost the affection that Fang feels cherished, the love that Octopus quietly realized, and the chartered public who hesitated in front of money and humanity. In fact, it is all a microcosm of a person around us.

    I always think that the best humanistic film is not a tragedy, but a comedy. Tragedy hit us with death, parting, all kinds of cold things, and it moved us from the outside to the inside. But the touch of comedy comes from the warmth inside us from the inside. It seems that in this era where China is full of blockbusters, high costs, gorgeous, famous scripts, and tragic dances with a large background. This little comedy is like a thin ray of light in the sky covered by the dark clouds that represent the depression. Illuminated the eyes.

    The greatness of comedy is that it magnifies the imperfections in life, let us laugh and then draw us a mouth. Amidst the laughter in the first half, I started to prepare a dozen for the tears in the back. Let the mood relax when the two little thieves are remedied, not even aware of what is coming. Then, they parted abruptly, struck fiercely, and punched on the soft underbelly of the heart, when tears shed naturally. Crying with a smile, smiling with a cry. This is the successful comedy model.

    The fight in the last scene is actually estimated that many people are impatient to watch it and more worry about the child who hangs up at any time. Although, this is a commercial movie, everyone knows it will be a member of the group. There will be bread, milk will be, and children will be good. But the heart is still tugging, as people in the film alternate between sorrow and joy, and with the plot uneasy. Looking at the distant ambulance and the two "children" crying on the ground, who is the one rescued? I can't even believe that this was the production team that used to make such inexplicable films like "Myth". It seems that Jinshi is always produced in gravel piles.

    When I saw the premonition of the baby plan, I was excited. Jackie Chan 's movie finally made me feel like a classic Hong Kong movie. To be precise, Jackie Chan 's style charm. The flexible and funny fighting scene is back. Although it may not be that young guy anymore, he is fighting, maybe not so coherent and flexible, but he is doing the ultimate, which is enough! This movie can be found that the Hong Kong film has been changing, but fortunately, whether it is the director or the lead actor, that classic taste has been preserved!
  • Stskyshaker13 November 2006
    I really wanted to give it a positive rate as I really like Jackie Chen, but unfortunately, after watching it I can't, if being objective..

    The plot is weak, none of the characters are genuinely developed into real depth, and many of them just make you wonder where the heck is his/her place in the whole plot!?? The storyline is always being dragged and the fight scenes feel so redundant, I kept saying "please, please just use a gun to skip these!"

    I give Rob-B-Hood two more stars one for the lovely baby(he may be the most vivid character in this movie), one for the respectable dedication by Jackie(the overall failure should not be blamed on him). I'll be expecting Jackie Chen's next performance, and I'll also try to avoid the production from others in the crew..
  • People who watch Jackie Chan for the martial arts maybe will be disappointed! This is a comedy with some martial arts in it! Nothing spectacular although there are some nice stunts involving the baby! Actually this movie is proof that JC is trying to become more of an serious actor! In my opinion he successfully achieves a combination of drama and comedy! In the end they even managed to surprise you! If JC stays on this route I will support him all the way! This is the third movie he made in HK after his adventures in Hollywood! And again it is obvious that the movies he made and will make in Hong Kong are far superior to his Hollywood movies (not including the excellent Rumble in the Bronx,Battle Creek Brawl and the protector)!
  • Mr Nice Guy Jackie Chan turns evil. This is the highlight of the film. But like all Jackie Chan movies, this one too fun-action fare. So don't worry. Finally, everyone will be happy. The film follows a group of thieves made up of Thongs (Chan), Octopus (Louis Koo), and Landlord (Michael Hui). They steal for different reasons. Thongs is a compulsive gambler who faces debt collectors at his door. Octopus spends his fortunes to court a rich girl. Landlord does not spend his loot, but saves all of it and keeps it in a safe in his house. Soon the safe is broken into, and in a desperate bid to earn money they become the privy to a plot to kidnap the grandson of a rich tycoon. Predictably, things go wrong, and the thieves end up taking care of the baby, from singing lullabies to changing his diapers. If the plot sounds familiar, then you have seen this kind of films before, from Home Alone to Baby's Day Out. But when there's a Jackie Chan in the project, it's bound to be hilarious. The film has its funny moments, and Chan's signature action set-pieces as well. Sadly, however, Chan is past his prime. It's not the Rush Hour anymore. Yet, he does his best with admirable flexibility. The kid in question also lights up the screen. Even if you are not a Jackie Chan fan, you can have a dekko, provided you have nothing better to do.
  • People know Jackie Chan as Drunken Master. They know him as a crime fighting hero who always has to put the innocent before him. Rob B Hood is Jackie Chan as a robber who works with his partner and his boss. This movie was excellent from Jackie's amazing scenes to his amazing comedy in acting. After watching this film, I was stunned with how sad it mad me. To describe this movie very shortly is saying... ...imagine a world when Jackie Chan is an evil robber who turns into a caring person for a young infant. He has to "mother" to a young little boy with his crime committing friend. In the end, this film has a very good ending, not a pish posh ordinary one.

    Reference: Check out the movie, Tsotsi. Rob B Hood and Tsotsi are very much alike with life growing experiences.
  • Erucolindo25 June 2007
    I think the best way to sum up this film is with the simple description: 'Raising Arizona' in Cantonese. What it lacks in Coen Brothers-esquire snappy dialogue (which it really doesn't lack that much; Jackie Chan again proving to be a talented writer), it makes up for with clever, funny set pieces that any other man over 50 would probably find quite hard to pull off. You've got to admire him for that, even if you don't like his films. But, I do. So, I admire him a lot. What we've got here is your basic 'Burglars-capture-baby-and-learn-to-love-him' with martial arts and stunts to put CGI animation to shame. Jackie Chan still has it. Let's just pray that he continues to have it for a good long while to come.

    To sum it up, I'd rather watch this film one hundred times than most of the drivel of the equivalent 'budget' that comes out of Hollywood. Adam Sandler, eat your heart out. You're not Jackie Chan.
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    Two important points about my review. First it contains spoilers and second sorry for my bad English, because it is not my foreign language.

    It was the year 1998 when Jackie became an international superstar with his smash hit rush hour. This movie was an typical American buddy movie. Rush Hour was a good movie but it never had that quality like Jackie's Asian movies have. In the next years Jackie more and more Hollywood projects including his greatest hit Rush Hour 2. But all his American movies are the same and the fans getting disappointed more and more. And also his HK movies did not get good critics (Accidental Spy which i found good). And his latest films like the tuxedo and medallion are cruel to watch. They weren't jc movies. We can say, that Jackie lost his popularity.

    BUT in the year 2004 Jackie once again get back to his hk roots and filmed with very talented director Benny Chan a Asian smash hit action vehicle that shows Jackie's ability's one more time on a high level. And also this movie shows what Jackie can do as a actor too. Jackie is maybe not the next Robert de niro, but his acting skills are good and believable.

    The next project The Myth weren't the same level like New Police Story, but it was not a bad movie. I will say it was a movie which is a taste movie. ( I hope you know what i mean)

    And finally he did once again with director Benny Chan the last of three HK movies in a period. And what we see in Rob B Hood is a Jackie Chan we all like with his typically humor, typically action and stunts and also a completely new Jackie Chan.

    This time he plays a bad guy. A thief which is also in some terms like a real Jackie Chan but probably different. He gambles, he steal and he did things the normally Jackie characters doesn't do. So this movie is different now.

    The story is not new, but the ideas are refreshing and very funny. I have laughed a lot in that movie.

    The important question is, how is the action. Let me say Rob B Hood contains a lot of action ( even more than Police Story 1) But the movie is very long and thats the reason why the audience think it has not as much action like his previous films. But thats not true. One of the most spectacular scenes is Jackie jumping a 100 m building done from one air conditioner to another. Wow, i have never seen such a scene in any action movie.Another highlight is the fight Jackie vs Yuen Biao vs everyone. Very fast and very tricking fighting. There is also a trampoline fighting scene but this scene is not long but funny. In my opinion i think it could be better.- Than we have a car chase which is also very good. Than we have the ocean park action scene that contains a ferris wheel scene ( it tops the ferris action scene in My Lucky Stars ) and a very dangerous roller coaster action scene. And than we have also the final fight which is better than the end fight in New Police Story and much longer. Also it contains some movements i never see in any action movie. Don't forget the funny hospital action scene in the beginning of the movie. Rob B Hood also have some other small fights and stunts too. So let me say the action is very good and amazing. Truly, Jackie can not do the stunts he did when he was 30 or 40 years but what he did io Rob B Hood is not only very good for a man who is 52. Younger guys can not do some incredible stunts.

    So what can i say more. The sound effects are very good and the camera angles once again very untypically and very good.

    One point what i think that it is bad for the movie is the long screen time. Rob B Hood is definitely to long. Boredom is not often in the movie but it slows the movie a little bit down.

    Thats the reason why i gave 9 point and not 10
  • This Movie I Can't Really Tell You How It's Wonderful... It's (20 Out OF 10)..I Can Watch It 1000000 Times Again...Jackie Chan Is A Great Actor & I Love Him Very Much & I Didn't Except Such Movie From Him...This One Is Different From All His Other Movies..Really Awesome Movie..Great Story..In A Part Of The Film,I cried Bec. There SomeThing Bad Going To Happen...I Advice You:You Musssssssssssst See That Movie..Iam From Egypt,I Didn't Understand Their Language & Watched The Film With Subtitles But Although IT WAS A Wonderful MOVIE...I Really Can't Express My Feeling Towards That Film For You..I Loved Jackie Chan More & Moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.A Really Great Movie.You Can Get Subtitles From (WWW.MTSUBTITLES.COM).
  • I just saw this movie and I felt some other user comments were a little unfair. I really enjoyed Jackie's latest efforts and it was great to see Jackie and Yuen Biao back together on screen. The sad thing is I can't help but feel the character of the Landlord should've been Sammo Hung.......It had the potential to be a "3 brothers" film. Its true to say Jackie is slowing down although I detected perhaps only one piece of wire work in a scrap in his apartment (typically full of gadgets, split levels and sliding doors) there were more wires used in "The Myth".

    I watched the extended edition (I'm a Chanorak, what can I say) I don't think it drags at all. There's about 3 big fight sequences (One bad guy at the end looks like Mars - I wonder if he's his son? Perhaps one gag was taken from a fight in a filmed called "Rosa" with Yuen Biao and Tik Wei.) It also features a superb chase with an SUV, an armoured bank truck, a moped and a sedan. Jackie is back on form at the climax of this scene as he rescues the baby from being squished more than once at the last minute.

    Overall: worth seeing - I'm guessing it won't get released in the UK for a while if ever. Its quirky humour is very Asian. UK fans - I reckon you'll have to buy this from Hong Kong or somewhere in the East - if this ever gets to the UK it will be sliced to bits by the distributors - thats if it gets passed the Politically Correct Brigade - "Ooh you can't do that to a baby!!!" There is one scene - I won't say what it is, but my brother and I felt that it was a bit much given the thing in the UK news about off duty firemen and their camera phones - its to do with laundry - when you see it you'll know what I mean.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Alright, i just watched this movie with a friend of mine, and lemme start by saying we are both a big fan of Jackie Chan movies. first of all this movie is really great, regarding the story, action, comedy and drama. Jackie Chan manages to pull off another great acting job. the beauty of this movie is the action comedy scenes, where he fights and use of many obstacles around him to help him win the battles. The stunts are really great, I wonder if that air condition scene he did was with or without wires, and also wonder if that rollercooaster scenes were CGI where they arrive in fast speed towards him, or not.

    the fight between the two white tuxedo brothers, was okey. but i expected better fight choreography. but overall not bad.

    In generall this movie with a help of editing and cutting here and there for the western taste, it can actually be a big hit in the USA.And EU.

    I rate this 8 out 10, and I welcome Jackie back into HK action movies again!

    Sonic
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