Wheels on Meals (1984)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fun-filled action-comedy shot in scenic Barcelona. Two food-truck operators entangled between a gang and an imbecile private investigator.
2) Lola Forner as Sylvia is a femme fatale.
3) Final battle: Jackie Chan vs Benny Urquidez.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Moby: My condition is that I accept all your conditions.

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 

PROS –
N/A

 

 
CONS –
1) A series of action sequences stitched around a weak plot. The production team wasn’t able to make even a decent poster for the film.
2) The terrible supporting cast makes it unbearable to watch. The huge mining truck played a better role than the actors.

 

 

 
QUOTE –
Traveling so far, I just don’t want to be disappointed.

The Protector (1985)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Boat and dock area stunts are few mentionable scenes.

 
CONS –
1) This is one disappointing Jackie Chan movie devoid of any fun. The main problem is the stale story of two NYPD cops traveling to Hong-Kong to rescue a kidnapped girl from some drug-lord.
2) The wimpy boss Harold Ko made the climax ridiculous. His henchman Benny Garucci, the “ex karate champ” was equally feeble.

 
QUOTE –
Billy Wong: Beware of Hong Kong mosquito with high heels.

Winners & Sinners (1983)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Final Sammo Hung warehouse kung-fu battle with the Triad.
2) The cigar smoke scene. Hilarious!
3) The invisible prank; the car pileup crash
4) Sammo Hung smashing out of the glass window; Jackie Chan skating below the truck.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Rookie: Of course you do it; the smart ones talk and the dumb ones act.

New Police Story (2004)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Jackie Chan’s prison escape scene got to be the only entertaining scene.

 
CONS –
1) A darker tone than any previous Jackie Chan movie. It’s very difficult to enjoy his action movie when the comical element is removed.
2) Emotionally disturbed parkour-enthusiast rich brat on a crime spree. There is high production value on action sequences but lacked soul.
3) Weak supporting cast.

 

QUOTE –
Goon: How to spell regretful?
Frank: Look it up in the dictionary while you are in jail you’ll have a lot of time.

Project A (1983)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fun-filled action-packed movie in the 19th century in Hong Kong. A must watch for Jackie Chan fans.
2) The Clock Tower stunt. The fascinating part is that Jackie Chan performed the stunt twice.
3) Great supporting cast that includes Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Hong: Password.
Fats: Beat me.

The Foreigner (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) An Irish political thriller with lots of Irish sing-songy accent

 

Cons –

1) While the movie is projected as “Taken-With-Jackie-Chan” – it’s a political thriller where Chan is the third wheel
2) Hardly any memorable action scenes

 

 

Quote –

 

“I say jump, you say where”.

Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Beggar So: an introduction to his family
2) Hwang Jang Lee as Rubber Legs: and the Drunk Mantis music
3) The Grand Duel: Beggar So Vs Rubber Legs
4) The revelation of a astonishing mythology: “Books, Magic, Sickness, and Wine”
5) Linda Lin Ying as Beggar So’s wife

 

Cons –
1) Yuen Shun-yee as Foggy

 

Quote –
“He’s like a dragon – he exists, but no one knows where.”

Drunken Master II (1994)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT  – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Anita Mui outstanding performance as Wong’s Step-Mom.
2) Ken Lo’s split.

 

 

CONS –
1) No reason why TIME Magazine listed Drunken Master II as one of the “All-TIME” best 100 films.
2) Don’t expect any relation to the previous cult classic Drunken Master (1978)

 

 

QUOTE –
Wong Kei-ying: Water floats, but also capsizes boats.

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Beggar So – larger than life character.
2) The Cat vs Snake Scene
3) Hwang Jang Lee as the leader of Eagle Clan – equally powerful antagonist.

 

CONS –
-n/a-

 

QUOTE –
Pai Chang-tien: Don’t reveal what you’ve learnt, unless conflict is unavoidable.