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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.


Gordon Chan


Alfred Cheung (story and original characters), Bennett Davlin (as Bennett Joshua Davlin) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Diana C. Weng ... Undercover Woman (as Diana Weng)
Pok Fu Chow Pok Fu Chow ... High Priest
Tat-Kwong Chan ... Monk
Wai-Cheung Mak ... Monk (as Mak Wai Cheung)
Anthony Carpio Anthony Carpio ... Guard Monk


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


One of the reasons for extensive re shoots was Columbia Tristar's discovery that Bey Logan's shooting script for the movie borrowed large sections including entire scenes and dialogue from Mark Goldblatt's horror comedy Dead Heat from 1988. See more »


When Eddie jumps through the burning curtain holding Jai, the blanket wrapped around Jai catches on fire, but is completely unblemished in the next frame. See more »


Snakehead: [after fleeing the henchmen who are after the Medallion, Eddie runs into Snakehead in the forest] We meet again... Eddie Yang.
Eddie Yang: Where's the boy?
Snakehead: My guest is of no concern of yours. All that matters is that you have the other half of the medallion.
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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 »


Referenced in Medallion (2016) See more »


Break the Madness
Written by Aaron Carter, Stephen James Barry & Rene Padilla
Performed by Cirrus
Courtesy of Moonshine Music
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User Reviews

It Almost Worked!!
23 August 2003 | by jrat6200See all my reviews

Being a long time fan of Hong Kong cinema and a big Jackie Chan fan, I had high hopes for The Medallion. Shanghai Knights was pretty good. When I saw the trailer for The Medallion, it showed Jackie performing as usual plus the cgi crap. But, I wanted to give it a chance. A lot of film experts and other sources of information gave insight into the movie, and it received a lot of promotion. I thought Jackie would return to his original style in this one considering his age. I'm going to look at two perspectives of film, the pros and cons.

PROS - There were two action scenes where Jackie doesn't do any wire martial arts nor requires cgi involvement during the first half of the movie. Given the fact that Jackie is reaching 50, he can still get down. The female lead was great. Claire Forlani exceeded my expectations of the female character, and her acting wasn't really bad either. She gets to do some martial arts herself (couldn't stand Jennifer Love Hewitt in The Tuxedo egh!!!). Lee Evans provides the comic relief along Jackie's martial arts and stunt work. I liked the way Hong Kong and American filmmakers collaborated to do the film. Look out for veteran Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong in a supporting role as the bad guy.

CONS - The cgi incorporated into the film just didn't do it for me. Filmmakers can't use cgi for everything. I'm tired of seeing people running through trees and jumping over things that's not possible in reality. The plot in the film had to many holes and seemed to be rushed at times. Jackie's acting didn't seem to fair well including the chemistry between him and Claire. It seemed to dull. Julian Sands wasted his time in this film. Hope he takes this as a lesson learned. Bey Logan's writing skills needs a brush up before he can continue on in my opinion. I hope he doesn't utilize the same form in the upcoming movie, Kung Fu Master. The mystical kid in the movie annoyed me too much, and he only said two sentences throughout the whole movie. Repeating the Golden Child theme is just ridiculous.

All in all, the movie was alright. Compared to Jackie's recent American releases, this better than The Tuxedo but less than Shanghai Knights. Jackie doesn't have to take every movie offer he can. Take a break and come back with the Police Story series or something. This is a type of movie that can only be seen once or twice if you want to consider your judgement about the movie.

My final vote 6/10

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Hong Kong | USA



Release Date:

22 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highbinders See more »


Box Office


$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,111,324, 24 August 2003

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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