5.2/10
29,316
132 user 98 critic

The Medallion (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 22 August 2003 (USA)
Trailer
1:44 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.

Director:

Writers:

(story and original characters), (as Bennett Joshua Davlin) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Tuxedo (2002)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A hapless chauffer must take a comatosed secret agent's place using his special gadget-laden tuxedo.

Director: Kevin Donovan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong
Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Director: Tom Dey
Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief, and a French artist on a worldwide adventure that they can circle the globe in 80 days.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent
Who Am I? (1998)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.

Directors: Benny Chan, Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This action movie unfolds with the story of Bei, a salesman at a workout equipment store, who harbors dreams of adventures. It all starts when on one normal dull day, Bei follows his ... See full summary »

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Min Kim, Eric Tsang
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone
Robin-B-Hood (2006)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Thongs and Octopus accept a job from their landlord: Kidnap a baby. Soon, the baby awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather.

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Michael Hui, Louis Koo
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano
Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Miki Lee
Rush Hour (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lester (as Anthony Wong)
Christy Chung ...
Charlotte Watson
...
Giscard
Alex Bao ...
Jai (as Alexander Bao)
...
Antiquerium Dealer (as Lau Siu Ming)
Diana C. Weng ...
Undercover Woman (as Diana Weng)
Pok Fu Chow ...
High Priest
Tat-Kwong Chan ...
Monk
Wai Cheung Mak ...
Monk (as Mak Wai Cheung)
Anthony Carpio ...
Guard Monk
Edit

Storyline

Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its magical powers for his own nefarious plans. Written by AB

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Highbinders  »

Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$406,318 (Hong Kong) (15 August 2003)

Gross:

$22,108,977 (USA) (17 October 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally title was "Highbinders". See more »

Goofs

When Eddie gets off the chopper you can see the camera in the back window of the SUV that he is getting into. See more »

Quotes

Snakehead: [after Nicole falls to her death and Eddie is unable to save her, Snakehead tries to persuade Eddie to join him] My brother... don't be sentimental. It's so... unnecessary. It's so human. So normal. You and I will live forever. We are the lords of time. We can take whatever we want, whenever we choose. What difference can a simple life like hers make to us? We are immortal!
Eddie Yang: Let me show you!
[Eddie flies upward to begin his duel with Snakehead]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film are shown during the closing credits, ending with a shot of Eddie and Nicole flying through the air away from the castle. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #31.1 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Twist and Shout
Written by Bert Berns & Phil Medley
Performed by Andy Summers y Los Musicos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of Jackie's worst!
3 January 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

They had $35 million or so dollars to make this movie! If you've seen plenty of Hong Kong movies like I have, you know they are able to stretch a dollar to incredible levels. So you might think that this would be the Hong Kong movie to rule over all others.

Think again! The first and obvious mistake they made was having Jackie using wirework and other special effects. Huh? Did they somehow forget that Jackie made a name for himself by NOT using wirework and special effects? Plus, you could see that he was taking real risks by not using that stuff, so his antics were more thrilling and entertaining as a result. Also, ANYONE could have easily done what Jackie did in this movie because of all the special effects work - so what was the point of hiring Jackie?

Even with all the money and time put into these action sequences, they are a mess. The editing gives us a different shot every millisecond or so, making it hard to get a handle on the action. (Also, the camera was a lot closer to the action than in Jackie's other movies, so much so that even seeing the movie in widescreen still makes it confusing at times.) Look at Jackie's other movies - the camera stays back, and the editing is kept to a minimum. We see everything of the action in those movies, and the minimum editing prevents any breaks in building excitement.

Speaking of editing, the American editors did a TERRIBLE job altering it for North American audiences. The story makes no sense, with even a lot of the minor details not being explained. (For example, the surprise revelation of Watson's wife.) The DVD contains a number of deleted scenes, though watching them clears up very little of the confusion - in fact, the deleted scenes just reveal new murky details that add MORE confusion! I suspect there were a number of other scenes cut that did explain things better, but that were left out by Sony in perhaps embarrassing realization their American editors did a terrible job.

But even with a story that would make no sense, this would still be tough going, not just with the mishandled action scenes but also because of the movie's incredibly bad sense of humor. Particularly with Lee Evans' character, who is unbelievably annoying - at least the editors showed SOME sense by cutting out some of his painful scenes. So even if you have a region-free DVD machine and are a die-hard fan of Jackie, I strongly suggest you don't even pick up the Asian DVD release of this movie when it comes out!


19 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Peanut butter and 'Jelly' sandwich?? matt-akers
why this movie is so horrible smrtguy1982
Jackie Chan's latest movies alyman007
Medallion HEAVILY CUT by distributor simon_booth
what was the deal with the wife? ldivinag
jackie chans brilliance is that he doesnt use special effects eaglesj610
Discuss The Medallion (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?