dragon ma young

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Black Mask 2: City of Masks
(2002)

why? why? why?!?!?
This movie is a well made movie. It was made by two of my favorite HK directors, Yuen Woo Ping and Tsui Hark, who have made so many great movies I cant even list them all. Plus, they're collaborating on a sequel to a really good movie. And yet, this movie is a piece of crap. Really it is. There isnt any real kung fu, just a bunch of animal people flying around, smacking into each other. The plot is about as horrible as you can get, even for an action movie (and i dont expect much from an action/kung fu movie...except for ACTION and KUNG FU, neither of which are here). It makes me sad that so many great people were involved in this movie, but I should have known it wasn't good because Jet Li didn't return for this, and taking his place is some guy i dont know, and he's fighting a bunch of pro-wrestlers. Pure crap, avoid at all costs.

Wo hu cang long
(2000)

Crouching Tiger, Schmouching Tiger (6 out of 10)
All right, this movie was pretty good. Very well made, very beautiful. Also, very boring. The choreography is good yet scarce, but i mean Yuen Wo Ping has done much better and much more in alomost every other film he has done. this is the kind of movie i relate to punk rock (and i do the same with horror movies). This is the "blink 182" of kung fu movies. Its mainstream, so much better are out there (something along the lines of Drunken Master, Enter The Dragon, and the 36 Chambers film are the Rancid, Sex Pistols and The Clash of the genre) and this is what the people think every kung fu movie is like. Good movie, but just not THAT good.

The Protector
(1985)

6 out of 10
I DIDNT HATE IT! which really surprised me, because everyone on IMDb said this movie totally sucked and I went in expecting the worst. Sure Jackie is miscast, but other than the addition of curse words, his character isnt any darker than in Crime Story or Police Story 2. The action is slow, but better than any of the American action junk I've ever seen. Plus, there is tons of full-frontal nudity! Bet you didnt expect that from a Jackie Chan movie, did ya? I can understand why JC was disappointed with it, because it is nowhere near as good as almost any of his other 80's-90's movies, but it aint all that bad. Go in thinking you will hate it, and you just might like it.

She he ba bu
(1978)

5 out of 10
Not a typical Jackie movie. Jackie is always a nice, doesnt quite know whats goin on kinda guy, but in this movie he is one bad-ass dude. All these people want a book he has, but Jackie aint giving that thing up, so you can bet he will fight a whole lot to keep it. this movie just didnt do it for me. I like the Jackie we know and love(or serious Jackie when he does it well), and this wasnt him. From what I hear, a lot of other fans like this movie for the same reason I dont like it, so you might want to check this one out.

Dong jing gong lüe
(2000)

5 out of 10
When I saw this movie at Blockbuster, I was so excited. I had heard great things about it but didn't think I would ever be able to see it. But I did, and it isnt all that great. The martial arts battles are good, but there was too much John Woo-like slow-mo shots during them. I really liked most of the characters in the movie, especially Tony Leung, he is one of my favorite actors. But the biggest problem this movie had was the story. Not so much a bad story, it just isnt that exciting. If you are a fan of Tony Leung and John Woo movies, I suggest you pick this up, but if not, then you might want to stay away.

Wong Fei Hung
(1991)

9 out of 10
I'm really not that big of Jet Li fan, but every once and a while, I would enjoy one of his films so much it just make me want to rush out and see them all. This is definatly one of those films. Of course, by the time I write this, I have already seen most of his films, but this one is the one that made me like Jet Li alot more than I used to. Jet plays Wong-Fei Hung, and this Fei-Hung character, well, he does not like guns. I really like Jackie Chan's Wong Fei Hung better, but, I am a much bigger fan of Chan then I am of Li. But Li plays the part very well, and is backed up by a terrific performance by Yuen Biao. I didnt see a lot of that wire-fu stuff, which is good, I really hate wires. The fights are awesome and so is the plot. Check this one out, its really good.

Huo shao dao
(1990)

4 out of 10 *spoilers*
Let me tell you right now, this movie is not good. It is no different then any other prison escape movie ever made. I bought this movie the first time I saw it for sale at some video store, not knowing that it was Island On Fire, but I should have, because it under the title, The Prisoner. I had recently seen Island On Fire at my friends house, and I was sorely disapointed. The few scenes Jackie has are ones to be charished, because those are the only good scenes in the movie. Sammo Hung was good in the movie, but whoever wrote this movie needs to take some kind of screen-writing class, because the lines in this movie are completely horrible. Jackie only did this movie as a favor. So that explains why he would ever be in a movie like this. You should see it, but dont expect much.

Shanghai Noon
(2000)

6 out of 10
A Jackie Chan comedy can be good even without a lot of action, as long as it is very funny. Shanghai Noon has a large lack of the action Jackie fans have come to expect from the man. But it is an American production, so how much awe-inspiring action can we really get? Well, I was hoping for more than this. But let me tell you, this movie is funny. I was laughing out loud the whole time. Jackie Chan plays an imperial guard sent to America to rescue a princess, and Owen Wilson plays a train robber, and when they meet up, its almost non-stop hilarity. Chan and Wilson play so well off of each other, and have great chemistry. The action is very...well...its not up to Chan standards, and not as exciting as I was expecting it to be. But as a comedy alone, it works very well. So if you want a good laugh, this is a good movie to check out. But if you want to see some sweet fights, check out some of Chan's older movies, like Drunken Master 2 or Project A.

Fei ying gai wak
(1991)

8 out of 10
I like this one a little more than I do the original. It is funnier, better choreographed, has great chemistry between the 3 main stars(even better than the original, which had great chemistry!) I do feel this films plot was a little better also, but that isnt saying much. This takes everything great about the first, and takes it up a notch. Now if only all sequels could do that!

Ging chaat goo si juk jaap
(1988)

7 out of 10
This is the first sequel to one of Jackie's best films. While not as good as the first, it is a very good movie with some very good fights. The only thing I really didn't like about this one was its more serious tone. The first one was more of a goofy comedy(more of, I know it wasnt a goofy comedy), and this one was definately more like a police drama with some small doses of humor thrown in. But Police Story 2 is still good, and a good Jackie Chan movie to check out. The worst of the Police Story series, but thats not saying much. Also, the ending explosion was sweet. Just thought I should mention that.

Fei lung mang jeung
(1988)

10 out of 10
The last of the 3 Brothers films is undoubtedly the best. Yes, even better than Project A. It took me a while to find a copy of this Chan-Hung-Biao classic, but as soon as I found it, I immediately bought it. I payed 29 dollars for it, and it was totally worth it. It has some of the best action choreography I have ever seen. It is a fast, hilarious, action-packed ride that everyone can enjoy. I think that every single person should see this film, because if you havent, you dont know what action really is.

'A' gai wak 2
(1987)

6 out of 10
Not as good as the first one for sure. Not a bad movie by itself, but it really could have used the return of Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, who were out filming Eastern Condors at the time. The films fight sequences were not as good as the first films, and the humor wasnt as funny. I feel like I'm bashing this film, which isnt the case, because it is a good film, it just doesnt live up to the original. I still recommend to check it out.

Lung hing foo dai
(1986)

7 out of 10
This is Jackie's version of Indiana Jones. And you know what, I like this one better. It is also the film that nearly killed Jackie, even though the stunt he was doing was a fairly simple one. I really enjoy this movie and charish it because it could have been Jackie's last. Its plot doesn't really matter, because as with all Jackie movies, we are seeing it for amazing action and hilarious comedy. This has both, but im lesser doses. It is almost like a romantic comedy, because it deals with a love triangle between Jackie and two of his former band-mates(he used to be in a band called The Losers, with some girl and Alan Tam). This film is all in good fun, but it doesnt reach the level of martial-arts greatness that Drunken Master 2 or Project A do. Still, check this one out, its really good.

Ging chaat goo si 4: Gaan dan yam mo
(1996)

9 out of 10
This is my favorite of all the movies released theatrically in America with Jackie Chan. Police Story 4 is my favorite out of the Police Story series, and is very fun to watch. Jackie plays Jackie, and he plays this character very well. The ladder battle is one of the best fights I have seen in a long while. Obviously, you dont have to see the Police Story movies in order, because they released them all out of order, going something like 3, 4, 1, 2. I recommend seeing them 4, 1, 3, 2. This one is the best and you should check it out right away!

Seong lung wui
(1992)

6 out of 10
This movie is more of a comedy than an action movie, but is very good none the less. Jackie plays twin brothers, John Ma and Boomer, that were seperated at birth. Ma is a world famous composer, and Boomer is a street wise, strong, auto mechanic. When they meet up on accident one day for the first time, as you can imagine, wackiness ensues. There are only two real martial arts battles, both of which are good, but really aren't needed, because they really dont go with the main plot, just a boring sub-plot about Boomer's friend who owes money to some guy, or something like that. But you should see this movie just for Jackie playing two brothers, and he plays them hilariously. A good comedy, with some good action thrown in. A must for Jackie fans.

'A' gai wak
(1983)

10 out of 10
This is my favorite Jackie Chan movie. It has the best martial arts battles I have ever seen. It is very, very funny. Chan, Hung, and Biao are all in top form and are great in this. It is a masterpiece and is beautiful, and I love it more every time I see it. This has just recently been released in the US, and so I recommend you rush out and rent or buy it now. This is the best, and is great in every, single way possible.

Shi di chu ma
(1980)

5 out of 10
I had huge hopes for this movie, it being written, directed, and starring Chan, but it didn't meet all of my high expectations. It is quite funny, but not hilarious like Drunken Master. The martial arts scenes are well choreographed, but they aren't exilerating or breathtaking by any means. This movie helped Jackie become the great director and star he is today, but it isn't his best work or even close, by far. I do suggest seeing it if you are a big Jackie fan(like me), but casual viewers wont like it as much. Also, Yuen Biao shows up, and that is always good. Good movie, but not great.

Mi ni te gong dui
(1983)

9 out of 10 *possible spoilers*
Oh God, I really wanted to hate this movie. I really did. I paid 5 dollars for it and only bought it so I could have all the Jackie movies. So I watched it, trying to find things to hate about it, because I really didnt want this stupid movie, but I ended up loving it. Im really mad at myself for it. But it is just too good(or so bad its good) to hate. Jackie Chan has a smaller role than usual, but he has the best role in the movie, because out of all the good characters, he is the only one to live. And he is the only one to really fight. This movie has the theme from Halloween 2 in it, and plays happy music during the battle scenes against the Nazis where everyone is dieing. This is a crazy movie, and I really loved it. Sometimes you can find it in a 2 pack with Master With Cracked Fingers for only ten bucks or so, and that is definately a good deal. If you like "so bad they're good" movies, or are a fan of Jackie, this is one to check out.

Xiao quan guai zhao
(1979)

6 out of 10
This movie was fun. I really thought it was TOO much like Drunken Master, but not as good. I just felt that Jackie was desparate to recreate the success of that classic, so he just did pretty much the same movie over again with some changes included. But at least he picked Drunken Master to rip off, because that movie is awesome. I make it sound like this movie is bad, but that isnt the case. Its a good movie, very enjoyable, just not original.

Rush Hour 2
(2001)

8 out of 10
Wow! When I saw the trailers, I didnt think this film was going to be much good, because of the lack of action in the first Rush Hour, and the fact that sequels are usually worse than the first. But Jackie said that RH2 was better than number 1, and he was right! More action, funnier humor, this film is a big improvement over the first! A must for all fans of Rush Hour and Jackie!

Jackie Chan Adventures
(2000)

5 out of 10
I never really watch too much TV, and i almost never watch cartoons, but i was flipping through the channels on morning and noticed this. A Jackie Chan cartoon? Thats a really good idea, so little kids can get a taste of the Jackie we know and love! Not a bad show either. I dont think it has enough fighting for a Jackie Chan cartoon, but it still had some, and the humor was present. Ive seen the show a couple of times now, and it has never ceased to entertain. Little kids who cant watch R-Rated (for NO good reason) Jackie movies like Drunken master 2 and Supercop, should definately check this out, its a fun ride of a show.

Yat goh ho yan
(1997)

7 out of 10
Jackie is back with more action and humor than ever! although the actress that plays Lakeisha is aweful, and there are too many slow mo shots, this movie is very enjoyable. it also marks the return of sammo hung in jackies movies (or Jackie in Sammos movie, which ever you like better), so that makes it worth checkin out all by it self!

Hung fan kui
(1995)

7 out of 10
This was Jackies "big break" in America. I saw it in theaters the first day it came out, and it was a great experiance, because i had only seen Jackies movies on old pan-and-scan VHS before this came out. A very good movie, with an even better marketing campaign. I would have liked a big martial arts battle at the end, but we got some hovercraft thing, which isnt totally disapointing, but it could have ended much better. This has all the things that make Jackie great, humor, awesome fights, and Jackie just playing a great dude. Even though i didnt like the ending, this is still a great movie, and you should all check it out.

Jui kuen II
(1994)

10 out of 10
I cannot stress enough the needed viewing of this film by everyone. It is the best Martial Arts film ever made, no questions asked. It is hilarious, breathtaking, and heart-breaking. Ive seen it well over 15 times, and it hasnt lost any of its initial charm. Brilliant, great movie that no one should miss.

Jung on zo
(1993)

7 out of 10
I'll tell you what, I was not expecting this! I had never known about Crime Story before I came over it in my local video store. This was about 3 years ago, and I was a big Jackie fan , but I hadnt seen all his films yet. So I rented this, thinking it would be a funny slapstick action flick. Boy, was I ever wrong! This is the most serious Jackie movie ever! Even more serious than pre-Drunken Master movies! This is as dark as Jackie comes. But was it any good? Hell yeah! This movie was awesome! Jackie plays the part of a troubled cop perfectly and the film focuses more on the story than the action. Not a bad thing, and a nice change of pace for Jackie. He should take more roles like this to broaden his horizens, cause this movie ruled!

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