FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bundling women (the 3 stooges?) who are all connected in some way. However a team of ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan stars as the young warrior Hsu Yiu Fong. Hsu has been entrusted with the book of the "Art of the Snake and Crane," after the mysterious disappearance of the eight Shaolin ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan stars as a hot-shot lawyer hired by a Hong Kong chemical plant to dispose of opposition to their polluting ways. But when he falls for a beautiful woman out to stop the plant, Jackie is torn in a conflict of interest and asks his trusty friends Samo and Biao to help out at least until they discover the true purpose of the plant. Written by
On the Hong Kong Legends DVD release of Dragons Forever, Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan offers his opinion of why the film underperformed both in the domestic and Japanese markets. The primary reason cited is that the actors played roles against type. Jackie Chan plays a slick lawyer who chases women, in contrast to the happy-go-lucky everyman characters he usually plays. Similarly, Yuen Biao plays an eccentric and possibly mentally disturbed character, rather than the underdog character fans were used to. For Sammo Hung, rather than the timid character that's been described in earlier films, he instead plays like a rascal. Logan explains that in general, the cinema going public in Hong Kong are not as open to such departures of role as, perhaps, the public in the West would be. See more »
Boasting one of the most impressive casts ever with the 3 brothers Jackie Chan, Yuen Baio and Sammo Hung, Dragons Forever has been heralded by many as Chan's best movie and one of the top 10 martial arts movies ever created. Slap in legendary fighter Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (more than 200 hundred professional wins and not even one loss), and you've got yourself the most vicious fights ever seen on-screen. Jackie, Yuen, and Sammo even fight each other throughout the movie, and the finale, which contains a lot of improvisation, perfectly showcases each fighter's skills and, more particularly, Yuen's amazing acrobatic stunts.
Humor is preponderant in this movie, with scenes such as Jackie's and Yuen's first encounter, Yuen's "I've seen it in movies" attitude, and the druggie's esoteric, yet hilarious fighting attitude (a must see!). The plot is so-so, but manages to remain coherent without ever becoming a garbled mess, as is unfortunately the case so often. But who cares? This movie is an ode to martial arts and humor, not story.
Dragons Forever is indeed a movie of impervious precision that should be watched by all those who keep insisting that Chan's Hollywood flicks are better than his older Asian counterparts.
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