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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung,
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung
One of Chan's complex scenes involved a Jianzi game requiring many takes for a single shot. This movie went over budget and took twice as long to shoot as was originally planned due to Chan's many retakes of shots to get them exactly as he wanted them. The opening bun festival scene was originally intended to end the film, but was moved, as Chan wanted a spectacular opening to the film. The final fight scene, which takes place in a barn, also featured elaborate stunts, including one where Chan does a back flip off a loft and falls to the lower ground. See more »
Around 1h19m (the barn fight scene), Cowboy (Mars) gets kicked off the loft by the Big Boss (Ing-Sik Whang). Dragon (Jackie Chan) is situated near the middle of the ladder. Just as the Big Boss kicks him in the back, the next cut shows him at the top of the ladder. See more »
Scenes of out-takes from the action scenes play under the credits. See more »
Of all the similarly-themed Chan flicks from the period (YOUNG MASTER and the like) I have to say that this one was my favourite. Made the year before he moved into bigger-budget period flicks, this is an inventive, thoroughly enjoyable Chan adventure, mixing together the best aspects of comedy and action whilst following a set, somewhat bizarre formula brought together in his earlier movies. Most of the film features non-stop comic hijinks, as Chan and his buddy Mars court the same girl and fall out over her, whilst there's a serious (if minor) sub-plot involving Chinese antiques being smuggled out of the country. Eventually, the plot less cross each other, resulting in a huge 20 minute fight finale in a barn, incorporating all kinds of major stunt work. Mars himself, usually in lesser roles in Chan's movies, shines in perhaps his best turn as the dim-witted friend who gets pretty fierce. Chan himself plays his typical bumbling happy-go-lucky character and his likability (is that even a word?) pays off in spades.
Perhaps the most original element of the film is the sports action, in which various teams play a game of football with one difference: they use a shuttlecock instead of a ball. Yes, it's as fast, furious and frenetic as it sounds, and makes for excellent entertainment just watching the skills of the players. The comedy is as broad as usual, one laugh involving somebody peeing over Jackie's leg, so you know the kind of harmless, childish tone to expect. The martial arts work is excellent with plenty of loose-limbed bad guys (led by Wong In-sik) who are EXTREMELY hard and solid work from the likes of Dick Wei. Chan himself runs up walls, falls from railings, and spins in the air in gravity-defying shenanigans, highlighted in the lengthy final fight which is riveting and in my opinion, in his all-time top five action sequences. Fans will know what to expect and love this fast-moving, fat-free adventure.
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