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Meltdown (1995)

Shu dan long wei (original title)
After failing to save his wife from 'The Doctor', Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chingmy Yau ...
Helen
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Frankie Lone
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Joyce
Suki Kwan ...
Li's Wife
Lik-Chi Lee ...
Lai Siu Tin
Chung-Hsien Yang ...
Detective Chow Kam - Joyce's Boyfriend
Kelvin Wong ...
The Doctor / David Wang (as Wong Siu)
Ma Wu ...
Frankie's Father
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Fai-Fai
Charlie Cho ...
Charlie
Billy Chow ...
Kong
Vincent Kok ...
Cameraman
William Duen Wai-Lun ...
Commander (as Duen William)
Chun Hung Cheung ...
Bomb Squad Member
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After failing to save his wife from 'The Doctor', Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an exhibition of the crown jewels of Russia at a Hong Kong hotel, and when the Doctor's gang take over the building in attempt to steal them, Kit is the only thing standing in their way. Will Frankie regain his courage? Will romance blossom between Kit and the nosy reporter? Who has the best Kung-Fu? Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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12 July 1995 (Hong Kong)  »

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This movie takes a cinematic swipe at Jackie Chan, with whom director Wong Jing had worked previously on the City Hunter live-action film. After the release of City Hunter, Chan not only disowned the film, but attacked Wong personally in the press. Through the character of Frankie Lone, Wong insinuated that Chan was actually a boozing womanizer and a fraud who did not really do his own stunts after all. See more »

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When Joyce is introduced in the hotel lobby she leaves with the female villain. The two of them leave the hotel with Joyce's boyfriend in pursuit. Suddenly, when they're outside they're no longer wearing their uniforms but dresses. See more »

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Bond: [Frankie tried an attack on Bond that didn't work and so tries to run away, but Bond catches up to him] When do I get hurt?
Frankie Lone: [smiles] Soon enough.
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References Sunset Boulevard (1950) See more »

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Good story and great action
8 February 2003 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Some people might think that this is a Jet Li film. Well, it is not. Jet Li IS there, and he kills a bunch of bad guys and causes trouble for the bad guy (The Doctor). But he is not the head character. He is in the movie from time to time, but not enough to be called a main character.

It starts out with Kit Li (Jet Li) as a army officer. His wife and some school children are trapped in a bus and Jet Li needs to disarm the bomb beneath the bus. He cuts the wrong wire and the bus goes boom.

We fast forward 2 years and now Kit Li acts as bodyguard for the Kung-Fu superstar Frankie Lone. Frankie Lone is known for making all of his own stunts (when infact, Kit Li, or some stunt double, is the one who makes the stunts).

One day Frankie Lone goes to see some Tzar jewels from Russia, displayed in a skyscraper. And then Terrorists run in, kill everyone on floor one and go up to the Tzar jewels and takes everyone hostage... But not Kit Li or Frankie Lone. While Frankie Lone runs around the building, avoiding terrorists all the time (he is to cowardly to fight them), Kit Li rushes the building with a cop and an uzi, and mows down enough terrorists to fill a football field with (well, almost. Its entertaining anyway).

Excellent writing and goofy acting and directing (intentionally) makes up for a superb action movie. I have seen people here complain about the Kung-Fu just being average in this movie, but I disagree. Its very good indeed. Might not be Jet Li's best, but at least it doesn't use CGI like so many movies today. its fast and entertaining. The final fight scene between Frankie Lone and that long haired terrorist dude is really awesome (and funny).

I give this movie a 9 out of 10 stars. Rent it, or even better, buy it!


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