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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.

Director:

Gordon Chan

Writers:

Alfred Cheung (story and original characters), Bennett Davlin (as Bennett Joshua Davlin) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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 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
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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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Genres:

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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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highbinders See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to tour guides at Dublin Castle in Ireland, Jackie Chan hopped onto the throne during filming. This made him the first person to sit on the throne since King George V. See more »

Goofs

The picture that the detective shows Eddie and his sidekick shows the Hong Kong thief with a bowler hat and glasses, but in a later shot, the picture on the page has no glasses nor bowler hat. See more »

Quotes

[When Jackie has Giscard trapped in the bins]
Giscard: Ever heard of police brutality?
Eddie Yang: Sounds like fun.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Break the Madness
Written by Aaron Carter, Stephen James Barry & Rene Padilla
Performed by Cirrus
Courtesy of Moonshine Music
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Disappointing but likable Jackie Chan film
13 April 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

"The Medallion" has a pretty good first half: there are enough scenes to prove that Jackie Chan's still got it, from a fight aboard a ship (where he ties a guy's arm to his leg using his own shoelaces and a piece of clothing!) to a fun freewheeling foot chase, and other minor stunts. But after Jackie "dies" and comes back equipped with superpowers, there are no more real fight scenes for him: they are all special effects - enhanced and wired. From a pure martial arts perspective, Claire Forlani's close-quarters fights near the end are the best that the second half of this film has to offer (more proof that Sammo Hung can make anyone look like a genuine martial artist!). The story is basically a rehash of Eddie Murphy's "The Golden Child", and it has a rushed feel to it (it's probably no coincidence that the DVD contains about 15 deleted scenes). But the cast is likable: Forlani is utterly lovely, Julian Sands is ideally cast as the immortality-seeking villain, and Jackie is always Jackie. "The Medallion" will probably disappoint most martial arts fans, but those who like the main actors will definitely get some enjoyment out of it. (**)


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