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The Medallion -- A Hong Kong cop protecting a sacred child is brought back from the dead with the use of a magical medallion in this martial arts action-comedy with a supernatural twist.
The Medallion -- A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.


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A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jackie Chan ... Eddie Yang

Lee Evans ... Arthur Watson

Claire Forlani ... Nicole James

Julian Sands ... Snakehead

John Rhys-Davies ... Cmdr. Hammerstock-Smythe

Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Lester (as Anthony Wong)
Christy Chung ... Charlotte Watson
Johann Myers ... Giscard
Alex Bao ... Jai (as Alexander Bao)

Siu-Ming Lau ... 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
Bruce Khan ... Snakehead Thug

Nicholas Tse ... Waiter

Edison Chen ... Waiter

Scott Adkins ... Henchman
Matt Routledge ... Henchman (as Matthew James Routledge)

Reuben Langdon ... Henchman (as Reuben Christopher Langdon)

Mark Strange ... Henchman (as Michael Strange)
Hiro Hayama ... Henchman (as Hiroyoshi Komuro)
Han Guan Hua ... Henchman
Neilí Conroy ... Interpol Receptionist
Billy Hill ... Miles Watson

Tara Leniston ... Jai's Nurse

Nicola Berwick ... Kidnap Nurse (as Nikki Berwick)
Paul Andreovski ... Kidnap Porter
Howard Gibbins ... Professor of Archeology

Rick Nathanson ... Physician
Alfred Cheung ... Chinese Professor
Mona Lynn ... Astrologer

Kirk Trutner ... Hippie Scientist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ricardo Mamood-Vega ... Interpol Agent Martin (uncredited)

Uri Schwarz ... Interpol Agent (uncredited)

Matthew Sturgess ... Interpol Agent Harrington (uncredited)

Chris Torres ... Henchmen (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Chan 
Writing credits
Alfred Cheung (story and original characters)

Bennett Davlin (written by) (as Bennett Joshua Davlin) &
Alfred Cheung (written by) &
Gordon Chan (written by) &
Paul Wheeler (written by) and
Bey Logan (written by)

Produced by
Bill Borden .... co-executive producer
Jackie Chan .... executive producer
Willie Chan .... executive producer
Alfred Cheung .... producer
Tim Kwok .... co-producer
Candy Leung .... co-producer
Rick Nathanson .... line producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adrian Lee 
Cinematography by
Arthur Wong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Don Brochu 
Ki-Hop Chan 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Wannipa Thaima 
Production Design by
Joseph C. Nemec III 
Art Direction by
Alan Cassie 
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat 
Conor Dennison 
Anna Rackard 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Woollard 
Costume Design by
Grania Preston 
Makeup Department
Roisin O'Reilly .... assistant makeup artist
Simon Rose .... additional prosthetics technician
Martina Byrne .... make up artist: crowd (uncredited)
Production Management
Narimon Atibaed .... production manager: Thailand
Veerapol Atibaed Billy .... production supervisor
Howard Gibbins .... production manager
Chris Lowenstein .... production manager
Jenny Manriquez .... post-production supervisor: LA
Panyawadee Sangchai .... production supervisor (as Panyawadee Navarut Na Ayudhya)
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor: London
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Aarniokoski .... second unit director (as Doug Aarniokoski)
Susan Drennan .... third assistant director
Kamolporn Iamsakul .... third assistant director
Sharon Lam .... first assistant director: Ireland
Chedpong Laoyant .... first assistant director (as Cherdpong Laoyont)
Nick Laws .... first assistant director
Lemon Liu .... first assistant director: second unit
Sylvia Liu .... first assistant director
Gary Wing-Lun Mak .... first assistant director
Tippawan Mamanee .... first assistant director: second unit
Tara McNamee .... assistant director
Brian 'Joker' Mulvey .... second second assistant director: Ireland
Suzanne Nicell .... second assistant director
Ka-Wai Tong .... second assistant director: Hong Kong and Thailand
Art Department
Ravi Bansal .... concept illustrator
Graeme Bird .... model maker
Tony Boston .... props
Leslie Burns .... third unit art director
Somm Suthinee Chantakarn .... set coordinator
Sarawut Chincharoen .... location
Tamara Conboy .... graphic designer
Stephen Daly .... storyboard artist
Cos Egan .... set dresser
Eoin Egan .... props
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Emma Hunt .... art assistant
Anna Kirwan .... assistant buyer
Chuchat Koosongdham .... assistant art director
Kate McColgan .... art department coordinator
Philip Murphy .... props
Boontawee Thor Taweepasas .... construction buyer (as Boontawee 'Tor' Taweepasas)
Jil Turner .... props buyer
Jason Whetzell .... third unit assistant art director
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Oliver Wong .... art director: Hong Kong
Sound Department
John Chalfant .... sound effects editor
David B. Cohn .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos de Larios)
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound designer
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Virom Jaroensuk .... boom operator
Drake Jenevein .... sound editor (as Drake Jenivein)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pamela Nedd Kahn)
Larry Kemp .... sound editor
Namchai Kongchayut .... boom operator
Larry Mann .... supervising sound editor (as Lawrence H. Mann)
Carla Murray .... sound editor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer
Jeff Sawyer .... sound effects editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... sound editor (as Scott Tinsley)
Simon J. Willis .... production sound mixer
Chris Winter .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher Winter)
Special Effects by
Kevin Byrne .... special effects supervisor: Ireland
Gerry P. Farrell .... special effects technician
Kevin Nolan .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Aithadi .... lead 3D animator: MPC
Henry Badgett .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Angela Barson .... compositing supervisor
Simon Brown .... lead research and development
Gary Brozenich .... sequence lead
Peter Connelly .... digital compositor
Mark Curtis .... digital compositor
Marion Davey .... visual effects production coordinator
Paddy Eason .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Elman .... visual effects editor
Chris Elson .... digital compositor
Michael Elson .... head of production: MPC
Matthew Gidney .... lead technical director
Rachael Haupt .... concept artist
Rachael Haupt .... creature designer
Charley Henley .... digital compositor
Rob Hill .... digital camera operator
Robin Hollander .... digital artist
Rudi Holzapfel .... digital compositor
Lorea Hoye .... visual effects line producer: MPC (as Loreah Hoye)
Merrin Jensen .... visual effects producer
Lars Johansson .... CG supervisor
Paddy Kelly .... visual effects production coordinator
Tom Kimberley .... roto/prep artist
Ines Krüger .... digital compositor
Ines Krüger .... digital painter
Stuart Lashley .... digital compositor
Wendy Lee .... visual effects production coordinator
Sarah Lockwood .... digital compositor
Aron Makkai .... cg animator
Andrew Marshall .... cg animator
Dan Neal .... 3D artist
Catherine Nelson .... digital compositor
Steve Pang .... visual effects assistant editor
Simon Payne .... animator: MPC
Olivier Poujaud .... lead compositor
Richard Stammers .... digital artist
Jelena Stojanovic .... sequence supervisor
Kat Szuminska .... digital compositor
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Malin Tvedt .... digital compositor
John Van Hoey Smith .... data operator
Sheila Wickens .... digital compositor: MPC (as Sheila Gorman)
Christian Zeh .... digital compositor
Howard Berry .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Martyn Drake .... systems: MPC (uncredited)
Richard Yeomans .... visual effects runner: MPC (uncredited)
Bradley James Allan .... stunts
Paul Andreovski .... stunts
Lan Hai Han .... stunt coordinator
Yu Haoer .... stunts
Jun He .... stunts (as He Jun)
Te Hu Hsiao .... stunts (as Siu Tak Fu)
Han Guan Hua .... stunts
Tin Chiu Hung .... stunts (as Sammy Hung)
Allen Keng .... stunt performer (as Allan Keng)
Chi Kit Lee .... stunts (as Lee Chi Kit)
In Seob Lee .... stunts (as Lee In Seob)
Chung Chi Li .... stunt coordinator (as Li Chung Chi)
Ke Ming Lin .... stunt coordinator (as Lam Hark Ming)
Giedrius Nagys .... stunts
Chang Dong Oh .... stunts
Hyun Jin Park .... stunts (as Park Hyun Jin)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt driver (reshoots only)
Kim Woo Sang .... stunts
Gang Wu .... stunt performer (as Wu Gang)
Guo Yang .... stunts
Philippe Zone .... stunt coordinator
Scott Adkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ricardo Alexander .... stunts (uncredited)
Nicola Berwick .... stunts: knight 2 (uncredited)
Paul Burke .... utility stunts: Ireland (uncredited)
Marky Lee Campbell .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Anthony Carpio .... stunts (uncredited)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Tat-Kwong Chan .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Sau Yat Ching .... stunts (uncredited)
Brendan Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Eigo .... stunts (uncredited)
Dominick Hewitt .... stunt double: Lee Evans (uncredited)
Han Guan Hua .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
David Ismalone .... stunts (uncredited)
Bruce Khan .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Rocky Lai .... stunts (uncredited)
Reuben Langdon .... stunt double: Julian Sands (uncredited)
Reuben Langdon .... stunts (uncredited)
In Seob Lee .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Bey Logan .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lui .... assistant fight choreographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Lui .... fight trainer (uncredited)
Wai Cheung Mak .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Markus Schuetz .... stunts (uncredited)
Donal O'Farrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel Patrick O'Neill .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Hyun Jin Park .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Jude Poyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Reilly .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robinson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Mark Strange .... stunts (uncredited)
Matthew Sturgess .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Don Thai Theerathada .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Torres .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Benny Urquidez .... fight trainer (uncredited)
James With .... stunts (uncredited)
Kwok Fai Yung .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barnard .... director of photography: second unit
Darryl Byrne .... assistant camera: time-lapse photography
Donal Caulfield .... cinematographer: time-lapse unit
Hugh-Thomas Cavanagh .... electrician: Dublin
John Conroy .... focus puller: "b" camera
Tony Devlin .... gaffer
Richie Egan .... grip
Sarah Francis .... clapper loader: extra unit
Robert Hamilton .... video assist operator
Stan Hoyt .... electrician
Patric Kickham .... video assist operator
Seamus Lynch .... electrician
Philip McKeon .... first assistant camera
Anthony Meade .... additional clapper loader
Philip Murphy .... grip
Stephen Murphy .... additional assistant camera
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Matt Skinner .... director of photography: second unit
Surachet Thongmee .... gaffer: second unit
Jimmy Wong .... camera operator
Jimmy Wong .... camera operator: "a" camera
Animation Department
Robert Hemmings .... animator
Casting Department
Prayoot Attasilapakit .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Wain .... costume supervisor
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer (as Karen Yip)
Editorial Department
Ray Boniker .... assistant editor: LA (as Raymond Boniker)
Jeff Gullo .... assistant editor: LA (as Jeffrey S. Gullo)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
John Keel .... post-production assistant
Alan Z. McCurdy .... first assistant editor (as Alan 'The Dragon' McCurdy)
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Cameron Spencer .... assistant editor: avid
Claus Wehlisch .... assistant editor: London
Mark Wright .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Gary Lionelli .... composer: additional music
Gary Lionelli .... orchestrator
Alexandra Patsavas .... music consultant (as Alex Patsavas)
Steve Porcaro .... composer: additional music
Steve Porcaro .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Eddie Cullen .... transportation captain
Fiona Mulvey .... assistant transportation captain
Other crew
Lark Bernini .... production coordinator
Miriam Cahill .... assistant to producers: Ireland
Sandra Campbell .... shipping coordinator
Sasha Charuvastra .... photo double
Catherine Geary .... location assistant
Donal Geraghty .... production accountant
Moira Houlihan .... unit publicist
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... action director (as Sammo Hung)
David Jones .... photo double
Bruce Khan .... assistant fight choreographer: Sammo Hung
Watanachon Kongthon .... set production assistant
Matt Kosokoff .... photo double: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Thailand
Matt Kosokoff .... stand-in: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Thailand
Ashifa Lalani .... first assistant accountant
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist
John McKenna .... senior armorer
Johnny Mulligan .... location accountant
Elaine Nicell .... assistant production coordinator
Anchittha Phongchub .... production assistant
Sven Rittershaus .... photo double
Edmund Sampson .... assistant location manager
Steve Sandford .... photo double
Somprasong Srikrajang .... set production assistant
Vasit Suchitta .... prosthetic effects
Weerasak Suriyo .... set production assistant (as Werasak Suriyo)
Thanita Thnatsong .... set production assistant
Clodagh Tierney .... location manager
Kathleen Weir .... script supervisor
Diana C. Weng .... dialogue coach: Mr. Chan
Sabine Wührer .... script timer

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Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sexual humor
88 min | 108 min (original)
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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 »
Continuity: When Eddie takes the "NOD" (night optical device) out of the water there is no lens cap on it, but when he puts it onto the click on his head there is a cap.See more »
[while shooting at a bad guy and frequently missing him]
Arthur Watson:[yelling] How dare you
[fires and reloads]
Arthur Watson:shoot at my
[fires and reloads]
Arthur Watson:*wife!*
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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining, Fast-Paced Genre Melder, 13 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

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.

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