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The Twin Dragons (1992)

Seong lung wui (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 9 April 1999 (USA)
Identical twins are separated at birth, one becoming a streetwise mechanic, and the other an acclaimed classical concert conductor. Finally meeting in adulthood, they each become mistaken for the other and entangled in each other's world.

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Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Ma Yau / Die Hard
Maggie Cheung ... Barbara
Teddy Robin Kwan ... Tarzan (Tyson in US Version) (as Teddy Robin)
James Wong ... Mr. Ma - Twins' Father
Sylvia Chang ... Mrs. Ma (Twins' Mother)
Kirk Wong ... Crazy Bull
David Chiang ... Sgt. Chiang / Hotel security (as John Keung)
Mabel Cheung Mabel Cheung ... Tsui
Alfred Cheung ... Boss Yung
Lung Wei Wang ... Wai
Anthony Chan ... Hotel concierge
Nina Li Chi ... Tammy
Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung ... Cafe cashier
David Wu ... Cafe waiter
Philip Chan ... Hotel Manager Chen
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Storyline

On holidays in Hong Kong, Mrs Ma gives birth to identical twins. A criminal in the same hospital attempts to escape, taking one of the twins hostage. The child is lost during the confusion, and Mr and Mrs Ma return to New York with one child. Years later, John Ma is a famous conductor and pianist, unaware that his twin brother "Boomer" is a mechanic/race car driver/bodyguard in Hong Kong. When John travels to Hong Kong to give a concert, the twins get caught up in each other's business, about which they are anything but experts. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Now, Twice The Action, Fun And Adventure! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some shootings, non-stop martial arts violence, and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

9 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin Dragons See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,829,990, 11 April 1999

Gross USA:

$8,359,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,359,717
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1999) | (UK version) (dubbed) (UK)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (US version)| Mono (original release)| Dolby Digital (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung: Birthday party guest. See more »

Goofs

Fingers on the piano often don't match the notes being played. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Miramax US version features new English dubbing, music, and is cut by approximately 15 minutes from the original Hong Kong release. Missing scenes include, but not limited to the following:
  • Tyson decides to call Barbara before he and Boomer leave for the mainland. Boomer remarks that Tyson doesn't have her number but this doesn't bother him as he produces a phone book.
  • In the hospital scene, the henchmen bring in a "healer" to try and cure their boss. The healer only succeeds in creating chaos and fed up, the doctor (Lau-Kar Leung in a hilarious cameo) "thunder-punches" him into a wall.
  • During the scene where John is showing Barbara how to play the piano, she has a dream sequence where she is singing a Cantopop song to a receptive audience.
  • Rocky mistakes John for Boomer and begs him to take him on as his student. Trying to get rid of him, John tells Rocky to go "buy a piano" to "stengthen his fingers".
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Connections

Featured in Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture: Ruslan and Lyudmila
(uncredited)
Composed by Mikhail Glinka
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User Reviews

Not too bad...
26 December 2000 | by edwardscissorhands99See all my reviews

I liked this film, yet it's quite different than other Chan movies. There are only 2 major, martial arts fights in the film (one at the beginning, and one at the end), but there are many explosions, stunts, chases, gunfights, and other things, that make up for the lost martial arts. Chan does a great job, and is hilarious as always, as he plays double roles. I loved the bath scene the best ("How did you get your clothes off so fast?"). Even though there are some stupid gags, some pretty bad special effects, and worst of all: no bloopers, this is overall an OK film, and is worth seeing.


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