MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,015 this week

The Medallion (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy  |  22 August 2003 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 26,093 users   Metascore: 38/100
Reviews: 129 user | 97 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

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), (as Bennett Joshua Davlin) , 4 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 17 Feb 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 14 Feb 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 19 Jan 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Medallion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Medallion (2003)

The Medallion (2003) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Medallion.
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 | 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
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 | 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
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
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 5.5/10 X  

It's a high-kicking battle on the dark side when an ace vampire slayer and his beautiful sidekicks wage the ultimate martial-arts showdown with one of the most dangerous of the undead.

Directors: Dante Lam, Donnie Yen
Stars: Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
The Myth (2005)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, whom is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named OK-soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.

Director: Stanley Tong
Stars: Bing Shao, Jackie Chan, Weixing Yao
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets.

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Mak Bau
Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 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
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Georgie is handsome, stylish and charming - but he's gay and his old-fashioned father is the leader of one of Hong Kong's powerful Triads. Should Georgie's lifestyle get out his father's ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Fung
Stars: Eason Chan, Daniel Wu, Karen Mok
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
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lester (as Anthony Wong)
Christy Chung ...
Charlotte Watson
Johann Myers ...
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


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:

$130,927 (Japan) (18 June 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After seeing credited director Gordon Chan's rough cut, Columbia hired Douglas Aarniokoski to shoot new sequences and re-edited the film extensively. See more »

Goofs

Eddie uses a "NOD" (night optical device) to check out the dock before they get out of the water, but leaves the lens cap in place. 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

References Lee Evans: So What Now? (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Cue the Pulse to Begin
Written by Richard Jankovich
Performed by Burnside Project
Courtesy of Bar None Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Entertaining, Fast-Paced Genre Melder
13 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Every 1000 years a child is born who can wield the power of two halves of a supernatural medallion, which can bestow superhuman strength and immortality, as well as take life away. Snakehead (Julian Sands), your typical crook with world domination ambitions, has discovered the identity of a modern-day chosen child, and pursues him. Meanwhile, Hong Kong police detective Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) and Interpol agents Arthur Watson (Lee Evans) and Nicole James (Claire Forlani) have been pursuing Snakehead because of his criminal activities, and stumble into the grander scheme.

While The Medallion is certainly not a film without flaws, it is satisfying on the whole if you approach it as a comic book/cartoon-styled Jackie Chan actioner. The film combines even more genres than that, actually, and there are times when it seems almost to be a spoof of James Bond-styled thrillers. There are also more straightforward comedy elements--especially when Evans is on screen, the film almost becomes a slapstick farce--there are Matrix-styled fantasy/action aspects, and there is a romance subplot. On top of all of that, The Medallion moves very quickly. Director Gordon Chan packs a lot of information into the film and barely pauses for a breath--if you blink, you're likely to miss some bit of crucial action, a plot point, or a joke.

In short, it's a complex stew of different genres, with a mixture of adult themes and childlike lightheartedness, wrapped in a dense mythology of fantasy and served at a non-stop, breakneck pace. Undoubtedly, those qualities will turn off a great deal of viewers, whether because they hate MTV/attention-deficit-disorder-styled editing, genre hopping or a lack of real-world believability. I don't mind any of those qualities, and in fact I tend to prefer films that forgo realism.

I only had two small complaints about The Medallion. One, it took me a few scenes to get up to speed with the film, both plot-wise and in terms of style. Once I got into the groove, though, I didn't want the film to stop--enough that my second complaint is that the film was too short (and in general, I strongly dislike the fact that most films seem to be forced by studios to end within 90 minutes). I wanted to see more of these characters, especially Evans, who stole most of the scenes he appeared in. Jackie Chan fans seeking a return to films that are solely kung fu-oriented will likely be disappointed, but if you have broader tastes, The Medallion might hit the spot. An 8 out of 10 from me.


28 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why this movie is so horrible smrtguy1982
Peanut butter and 'Jelly' sandwich?? matt-akers
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:
?