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Operation Condor is a very funny Jackie Chan movie which is the sequel to the 1987 film Armor Of God.However when released in America they released this film first so the 1987 film Armor Of God is called Operation Condor 2 in America.I remember renting this film on VHS a very long time ago but I did see it about one year ago on UPN.This film has all the Jackie Chan charm.Great fight scenes,stunts and action but also lots of slapstick comedy to keep you happy.This film is about Jackie Chan and two other people who try to find hidden Nazi gold but others want it as well.Operation Condor is a funny and good film and I recommend it.
Jackie Chan has made some of the best kick ass films in the world. I rate his films much better than Bruce Lee's and if you want to challenge that then all you have to do is watch this, the first Amour of God and Project A and you will see how accomplished his films really are.
I really like Operation Condor, because of some scenes which are so refreshing in this world of rehashed Hollywood. The wind tunnel scene has already been mentioned in other reviews, but it really is amazing to watch.
I do miss the desert scene in the original version that was cut out of the US version, with the water bag and tube. You get a glimpse of it in the outtakes at the end. I thought the US version was very streamlined and definately flowed much better than the original version, and the dialogue was vastly superior. However, for the sake of originality, it's always nice to have all the scenes intact.
It really is too bad the Spanish actress Eva Cobo De Garcia doesn't have more roles in other movies - I quite enjoyed her presence in the movie.
For lovers of adventure, this movie is a must. It captures the thrill of travel and adventure much better than a James Bond movie, because somehow the adventuristic ambience is more strongly felt if that makes any sense. I feel it captures it better than even an Indiana Jones movie. The reason being that unlike a Bond story, or Indiana Jones story - you really do get a feeling that Jackie is on a "free and easy", whereas Bond/Jones is a "package tour" if you know what I mean. All the whacky random stuff that happens in a Chan film helps to contribute to the "free and easy" feel.
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Technovision)
Sound format: Mono
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) comes under fire from all sides whilst on a mission to retrieve Nazi treasure buried in the Sahara desert.
One of the most popular films in Chan's extensive filmography, this superior sequel to ARMOUR OF GOD (1986) is clearly patterned after the success of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), but Chan's movie celebrates its American influences whilst remaining defiantly Asian in concept and execution. It isn't perfect, by any means: The female characters are rendered almost entirely subordinate (Carol Cheng, Eva Cobo De Garcia and Shoko Ikeda give OK performances under the circumstances), and some of the Arab stereotypes are borderline offensive (prompting protests by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee when a re-edited version - OPERATION CONDOR - opened in US theaters), but viewers willing to overlook these conspicuous blunders will be treated to some of the most astonishing set-pieces of Chan's entire career.
In fact, the entire movie is a showcase for world-class stuntwork, photographed in glorious widescreen by veteran cinematographer Arthur Wong. Chan is clearly doubled in a number of sequences (notably a car-and-motorcycle chase during the film's opening stretch), but there's no denying his participation in the show-stopping finale, where Good and Evil engage in mortal combat within a vast underground labyrinth, culminating in a spectacular wind-tunnel sequence which took *months* to film and sent the entire movie over-schedule and way over-budget. Released in the UK as OPERATION CONDOR: ARMOUR OF GOD II.
Jackie is an Indiana Jones type character who, with the help of 3 attractive ladies, has to track down some hidden Nazi gold. Following him are two bumbling Muslim terrorist types who are entirely harmless, and later on a group of sheiks and ex-Nazis.
With a healthy dose of Kung Fu action and kickass motorcycle chases, as well as gunfights and ample doses of comedy, Operation Condor is a must own for any Jackie fan.
Also see Operation Condor 2: The Armor of the Gods, a prequel which is almost as entertaining.
Made in Hong Kong, the film is dubbed in English so beware of that. Things may not always sound in sync. The humor is mostly slapstick so I would assume this film would appeal a lot more to men than women. There almost no profanity and no nudity so if some of the intense action scenes don't bother you, you might let your kids see this. They'd probably like it and get plenty of laughs.
Chan always has a few unique action scenes. In this movie, the most memorable one is at the end involving huge fans, greatly affecting the combatants in a tunnel. Fun to watch.
If there was ever a vote for some of Chan's most annoying supporting characters, Operation Condor could be the winner. The film features some truly bothersome characters who just get on our nerves, mainly the two Arabic goldseekers, the hotel owner, and Chan's three female sidekicks. But I somehow managed to ignore them enough to enjoy the movie, and enjoyable it is.
Once again, the plot is a mere shell for some great action sequences. This time, Jackie Chan plays a secret agent code named Condor who has been assigned to search for Nazi gold in Egypt. With the help of three female sidekicks, he must battle mercenaries and goons who are also searching for the lost treasure.
Operation Condor is one of Chan's better movies, while not up to the heights of First Strike, Who Am I?, Police Story, or Drunken Master 2, it is infinitely superior to the awful mess that was its predecessor, Operation Condor 2 (it's really not a sequel).
The action sequences shine through again as they feature some great martial arts fights. The film comes off as mostly a fun adventure/comedy for the first hour until about 75% of the film's martial arts action blows through in the last thirty minutes. During this half hour Jackie does some incredible stunts and extremely entertaining fights inside a large abandoned Nazi fort. The best fight is saved for last, as it features Jackie fighting two mercenaries in a wind tunnel. It's a real knockout and it truly defines the phrase "breathtaking."
As for the comedy, some of it's not bad. The whole hotel sequence that involves Jackie fighting two mercenaries and one of his female partners trying to cover her nude self is quite comical. The wind tunnel scene is also humorous.
Some people might not be able to stand all the goofy dialogue and acting in the first half but I promise if you can stand that tiresome material you'll be rewarded with true Jackie Chan action.
Its about a couple of people who get stuck in the desert and are assigned to find treasure from world war 2.
This has some good stunt sequences. And its high-budget so that always makes things better.
Rated pg-13 for action violence , and mild nudity.
As a government agent, Chan is sent out with a female desert guide to search for the tons of lost gold in a buried WW2 Nazi base in North Africa. Along the way, Chan picks up another female accomplice, the German granddaughter of a former base officer.
Several other governments are also aware of the gold, but don't know its location. They either fight Chan or try to follow him to the gold. Good, believable story. Great scenery.
This was more of an action movie than the other one, and it included one spectacularly choreographed car chase in the city. One little mistake could have gotten someone killed, and yet everything appeared flawless. Perhaps some of it was CGI; it would be less risky. During that chase a baby was rescued, and this was pretty amazing in and of itself. Of course, the baby was obviously inserted at a different time and never had to be used in the action scenes. That baby was really cute.
From the city we moved to the desert, with lots of action and comedy. And pretty girls. And one of those girls wearing only a towel and losing it twice. If this movie wasn't edited, nothing was seen that couldn't be used on broadcast TV. In one case, the girl had put on pants.
A standout character was the man in charge of the hotel in Africa. He was very funny and very offensive. A lot of the humor was based on double meanings and misunderstandings, so it wasn't really dirty. Then there were the offensive stereotypes, which didn't bother me.
Lots of good fights, bumbling villains, and some real suspense toward the end as our heroes get put in serious danger. Can they be rescued? Let's hope so. However it happens, it's going to be exciting.
The movie was better and more interesting than the previous part, the story line was more basic and straight forward, and the screenplay was humorous and thrilling. There were more stunts and more effects in this one. Armour of God one was a hit with one girl on Jackie's trail and another being saved.
In this part we have two girls on his trail and another was met along the way, I guess the producers were, "If two girls can make this much money, what will three girls bring " well they brought in the cash. Armour of God two was a success.
There is a rumor that a part three was going to be made at one time but I guess that is what it is a rumor.
The tale of this flick goes thus; Jackie is hired to find World War II Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert.
He teams up with three misfit ladies and they head out to Africa to find it, on their way they stopped over at a hotel where the manager is more interested in cash than anything else, they are followed by two guys who could pass as the three stooges without a Moo.
Then add to the twist mercenaries who are ready to kill anyone who gets in their way as they too want the gold.
The movie is funny as the makers focused more on humor and the screenplay is one that is worth dipping the hat for.
The cinematography is what kills me in this movie as I keep on wondering how many cameras were being used to shoot this movie. In the desert there are shots that are quite interesting to see, as this movie was shot in 1991 and all I can say is well done Jackie.
All in all the two sets of Armour of God are movies that any Jackie Chan lover will enjoy so take a sip of it, and savor the taste.
Hawk or Jackie depending on which dubbed version you're watching (Jackie Chan) is asked to recover Nazi's gold hidden in the Sahara desert. Ada (Do Do Chen) who works for the government, tags along. Jackie also meets Elsa (Eva Cobo), and Momoko (Shoko Ikeda) along the way. There are gang of Arabs, and ex-Nazi group after the gold. They are each after the key that Jackie's entourage has.
Comedy, and actions are pure Jackie Chan in this movie. Maybe this movie has the best mixture of them both. Casting is good, and I think Do Do Chen and Eva Cobo were spot on for their role.
How Jackie got out of the mess in the end, I'll never know, but the adventures in the middle were one of the best I've seen.
A movie that's entertaining for wide audiences, and I'm sure it will be the favorite of many fans in the future.
This time, Jackie is teamed up with the female equivalent of the Three Stooges, to find a cache of Nazi gold which was rumored to be hidden deep in the desert.
While the first half of this movie is a bit slow, the time is used for great character development and to establish the plot line. The second half is classic Jackie Chan action, great plot, and many laughs.
I was actually a bit impressed with this one, the first time I saw it.
This was the production at which I declared that his work was finally beginning to get the investment capital which it deserved. If I'm not mistaken, this was the first high-budget production featuring his talents. The rest were way, WAY low budget.
Get through the sometimes slow first half, with horrible dialog, and dubbed voices, to enjoy the action-packed fast-paced, all out rousing second half.
It rates a 7/10 from...
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The budget made for some really fun stunts and fights.
My only real complaint is that some funny stuff was cut out of the US version (the desert scene(s) and others) that should have stayed. Since the funniest clipped scene involves a canteen that Jackie has early in the film the initial reference to the canteen makes no sense in the US version because you never see it again for the rest of the darn film.
Oh yeah, and check out the Colonel's Daughters BMW with the automatic lowering doors.... Too cool.