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Thunderbolt (1995)

Pik lik foh (original title)
In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Chan Foh To (Jackie Chan) has to beat a supercriminal street racer.

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Gordon Chan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Chan Foh To
Anita Yuen ... Amy Yip
Michael Wong ... Steve Cannon
Thorsten Nickel ... Warner 'Cougar' Kaugman
Yuen Chor ... Uncle Tung / Foh's father (Alfred's father in US version) (as Yun Chor)
Hoi-Yan Wu Hoi-Yan Wu ... Dai Mui (Daphne in US version) (as Daisy Wu Oi-Yan)
Chung-Han Man Chung-Han Man ... Sai Mui / May (Sammi in US version) (as Man Chun-Han)
Yûzô Kayama ... Coach Mirakami (as Kayama Yuzo)
Kenya Sawada ... Saw (as Sawada Kenya)
Ken Lo ... Kong (as Houi-Kang Low)
Chi Wah Wong ... Mr. Lam (as Tze-Wah Wong)
Kar Lok Chin ... Coach's Assistant (as Ka-Lok Chin)
Corey Yuen ... The Doctor (as Cory Yuen)
Marie Eguro Marie Eguro ... Miss Kenya (as Eguro Mari)
Kam-Cheong Yung Kam-Cheong Yung ... Cheong, mechanic (as Peter Yung Kam-Cheong)
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Storyline

Jackie plays Foh, an expert mechanic who has returned from Japan after a master course at Mitsubishi Motors. He runs a small business in Hong Kong along with his father and two sisters. In his spare time, he also helps the police out by checking cars that have been illegally upgraded. One night, psychotic street racing driver Warner Krugerman, aka Cougar, speeds past Foh and the cops. Foh gets into a car and stops Cougar heroically. Cougar lands in jail, but breaks out eventually. He gets revenge on Foh by trashing his business and kidnapping his sisters. The only way Foh can get his sisters back is by racing cougar in Japan. He now must retrain himself in race car driving so he can be at his best to race Cougar. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 August 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunderbolt See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

HKD 2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theme song, which is in Cantonese at the beginning and in Mandarin at the end, is sung by Jackie Chan. See more »

Goofs

Chan Foh To wears dark colored shoes during the autoshop fight but near the end of the fight when there is a close-up shot of his foot kicking the lead henchman in the face, his shoe is white. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different openings were shot for the film. In the Japanese print, Jackie, while training at the Mitsubishi car plant in Japan, breaks company rules by test driving a prototype without permission. As a result, he has to return to Hong Kong. In the Hong Kong print, Jackie simply completes his training, has an amusing encounter with the boss's daughter, then leaves Japan of his own accord. See more »

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the very definition of mixed bag
5 March 2004 | by illeatyourdogSee all my reviews

First off, this review is based off the version used on TBS and one thing I learned that TV versions of films (other then the obvious editing for content and length times) often zoom up way too close to have the picture fill up the screen. Anyway, thius movie is enjoyable in sections, not really as a whole. One key difference that seperates this film from all other Jackie Chan films (except for maybe the protector and Crime Story to some extent) is that the movie goes for a serious, dark, and gritty tone. Kackie Chan himself is very (or at least does his best to be) hardedged and unmerciful. That in of itself is difficult to watch becuase that is not Jackie Chan and if anything it cuases more giggles becuase hes actually acting tough (not that hes not tough but he is not known for being a tough guy, hes known more for being a nice guy you dont want to p*** off). Even the story is a hugedetour from what his fans are used to mianly due to the fact that the movies focus is on racing: both on the street and on the track. That cuases a problem becuase it is very difficult to incorporate martial arts action scenes into a film into a race film in any sort of concievable or even tolerable fashion. That being said, the way the story incorporates both amazing kung-fu and int4ense racing is done very poorly. You have a villian who is insanely obssessed with racing and getting people to race. Its one thing to always want to prove you're the best, its another thing entirely to nearly kill (along with kidnapping his two sisters) the guy you want to race in order to get him to race. The villian himself is horrible (even for a Jackie Villian. What makes this villian even worse is that he cant even fight so he cant even save some face that way, he is just poor villian). However, this is a Jackie Chan movie, not a Steven Soberdough movie, so its the action thats important. Again, this is a huge mixed bag becuase there really is no way to smoothly transtion to an intense race scene from kung-fu. But the big mixed feeling comes from the most incrediblely choreographed, staged, and performed fight scenes (and race scenes) shot and edited in a bizarre manner. The name Tony SCott came to mind with some of the shot choices since the figh6t and race scenes feature rabid fire editintg and extreme close-ups that confuse rather than contribute. Another downfall for the fight scenes (for Jackie Chan purists especialy) it is all too obvious thjat a double is used for Jackie Chan (ironically enough, if you are a huge Jackie Chan afficionado you should notice right away whena double is used since the double fights in a different manner than Jackie Chan). This could be the cuase for the editing but somne shots still show it clear as day that a double was used. Again, this is real disconcerning for Jackie Chan fans since one the mian reaons to like Jackie Chan is becuase he doesnt use doubles. Nevertheless, the strange editing choices contiue into the race scenes. Now, the first race scene between Jackie Chan adn the villian was actually done rather well, even if shot a bit too close). The final race however (instead of a final fight. Another dissappointment to Jackie Chan fans) is just one huge mixed bag. You have some incredible race footage and crashes, but most of it is undercranked givning it an irregular feel that takes away from the intensity. It really boggles the mind as to why the director made the decesion to undercrank (of course you could say that about the editing and shooting of the fight scenes as well). So, to put it simply, if you just enjoy action scenes (although lacking the jackie chan sense of humor) then its worth a gander and possibly a purchase. If you can get opver the fact that an obvious double was used (and dont minf undercranked racing footage), then its worth a gander and possibly a purchase. If you prefer to beleive that Jackie Chan never uses doubles, dont even watch it once, the pain will be too great.

sidenote: for those Jackie Chan nuts out there (me included) I have read that the main reason why a double was used was becuase he was recovering from an earlier injury. Of course, you could always use this defense: since the film involved wires and Jackie chan (at the time which would 1995) did not like using wires, he probably prefered to have a double used for those scenes (of course this defense wont hold up for too long).


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