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The Medallion (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 22 August 2003 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Yang
... Arthur Watson
... Nicole James
... Snakehead
... Cmdr. Hammerstock-Smythe
... Lester (as Anthony Wong)
... Charlotte Watson
... 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
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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

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Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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22 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Highbinders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HKD 149,975 (Hong Kong), 17 August 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,111,324, 24 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,108,977, 19 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,268,701, 16 June 2012
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2.35 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

[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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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

Break the Madness
Written by Aaron Carter, Stephen James Barry & Rene Padilla
Performed by Cirrus
Courtesy of Moonshine Music
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One of Jackie's worst!
3 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

They had $35 million or so dollars to make this movie! If you've seen plenty of Hong Kong movies like I have, you know they are able to stretch a dollar to incredible levels. So you might think that this would be the Hong Kong movie to rule over all others.

Think again! The first and obvious mistake they made was having Jackie using wirework and other special effects. Huh? Did they somehow forget that Jackie made a name for himself by NOT using wirework and special effects? Plus, you could see that he was taking real risks by not using that stuff, so his antics were more thrilling and entertaining as a result. Also, ANYONE could have easily done what Jackie did in this movie because of all the special effects work - so what was the point of hiring Jackie?

Even with all the money and time put into these action sequences, they are a mess. The editing gives us a different shot every millisecond or so, making it hard to get a handle on the action. (Also, the camera was a lot closer to the action than in Jackie's other movies, so much so that even seeing the movie in widescreen still makes it confusing at times.) Look at Jackie's other movies - the camera stays back, and the editing is kept to a minimum. We see everything of the action in those movies, and the minimum editing prevents any breaks in building excitement.

Speaking of editing, the American editors did a TERRIBLE job altering it for North American audiences. The story makes no sense, with even a lot of the minor details not being explained. (For example, the surprise revelation of Watson's wife.) The DVD contains a number of deleted scenes, though watching them clears up very little of the confusion - in fact, the deleted scenes just reveal new murky details that add MORE confusion! I suspect there were a number of other scenes cut that did explain things better, but that were left out by Sony in perhaps embarrassing realization their American editors did a terrible job.

But even with a story that would make no sense, this would still be tough going, not just with the mishandled action scenes but also because of the movie's incredibly bad sense of humor. Particularly with Lee Evans' character, who is unbelievably annoying - at least the editors showed SOME sense by cutting out some of his painful scenes. So even if you have a region-free DVD machine and are a die-hard fan of Jackie, I strongly suggest you don't even pick up the Asian DVD release of this movie when it comes out!


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