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Meltdown (1995)
"Shu dan long wei" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jacky Cheung ...
Frankie Lone
Chingmy Yau ...
Helen
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Joyce
Kelvin Wong ...
The Doctor / David Wang (as Wong Siu)
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Fai-Fai
Billy Chow ...
Kong
Ma Wu ...
Frankie's Father
Charlie Cho ...
Charlie
Ben Lam ...
Rabbit (English dubbed)
Chung-Hsien Yang ...
Detective Chow Kam (Joyce's Boyfriend)
Suki Kwan ...
Li's Wife
Bobby Yip ...
Ugly Extra
Tak Yuen ...
Salvage-Corps Man
Corey Yuen ...
Wai
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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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Frankie tricks the henchman searching for him and his dad by placing his sneaker just barely visible behind the wall and jumps the guy from behind after he shoots at the shoe - falling flat on his face. We then see Frankie doing pushups with both his shoes on again. See more »

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Joyce's Boyfriend: Ah Joyce come on! You want me to beg?
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A Violent spoof of Action films
7 July 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Violence runs rampant throughout `Meltdown'. If you're not a fan of gore there's a good chance you won't like this movie. Bouncing Betty mines, time bombs, impaling, electrocution, dismemberment by helicopter blades, graphic gunshot wounds and death are among the dark and gruesome violence that balance out the comedic spoof this film is.

`Meltdown' itself is a spoof on both Die Hard 1 and 2 (Ironically it came out the same year as Die Hard 3). Terrorists dressed exactly like those in Die hard 2, right down to the urban fatigues (and trademark sunglasses for the evil military leader) Take over a high rise building, the plot of the original Die Hard. The geeky black computer hacker is replaced in this film by an equally geeky Indian computer hacker. Fans of the Die Hard trilogy will certainly enjoy the parallels `Meltdown' makes to the `Die Hard' trilogy.

`Meltdown' goes beyond a simple movie spoof. The semi-protagonist of the film `Freddie' is a composite spoof of Chinese martial arts movie legends Bruce Li and Jackie Chan. Freddie takes Chan's zaniness and silliness to extreme farcical levels, while wearing the yellow jumpsuit and uttering the kung fu sounds that Bruce Lee will always be remembered for.

The Kung Fu in this movie is average at best. It's not one of Jet Li's best performances, but then again it isn't bad. What the movie lacks in kung fu, it makes up for with the aforementioned gratuitous violence. The parody is what makes this film worthwhile. 6/9 stars.


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