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Skiptrace (2016)

Jue di tao wang (original title)
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A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.

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Renny Harlin

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Jay Longino (story), Jay Longino (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Bennie Chan
Johnny Knoxville ... Connor Watts
Bingbing Fan ... Samantha Bai
Eric Tsang ... Yung
Eve Torres ... Dasha (as Eve Gracie)
Winston Chao ... Victor Wong
Jeong-hun Yeon Jeong-hun Yeon ... Willie (as Junghoon Youn)
Shi Shi ... Leslie
Michael Wong ... Tang
Dylan Kuo ... Esmond (as Pin Chao Kuo)
Zoe Zhang Zoe Zhang ... Ting Ting (as Zhang Lanxin)
Wei Na Wei Na ... Officer Wu (as Na Wei)
Charlie Rawes ... Sergei
Michael Gor ... Dima (as Mikhail Gorevoy)
Sara Maria Forsberg Sara Maria Forsberg ... Natalya (as Sara Forsberg)
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Storyline

Still blaming himself for the untimely demise of his best friend after nine long years, the veteran Hong Kong police detective, Bennie Chan, still finds himself on a wild-goose chase, trying to expose the elusive criminal kingpin known only as "The Matador". So far, nothing has changed, and Bennie's main suspect--the corrupt entrepreneur, Victor Wong--is, above all, legally untouchable. However, when Samantha--his late partner's only daughter--has a brush with the mob, Bennie will have no other choice but to seek help from an improbable ally: the flamboyant American gambler, Conor Watts, who has serious problems of his own with the Russian mafia. Now, the unlikely duo must cross the vast landscapes of Mongolia and the Gobi Desert to return to Hong Kong in one piece, as the Matador is still unknown. Will Bennie ever find the hard evidence he needs to put him once and for all behind bars? Written by Nick Riganas

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Justice... takes a real pair. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence, some suggestive content, language, brief nudity and drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | Mongolian

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skiptrace See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,579,287
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First movie written by Jay Longino and BenDavid Grabinski. See more »

Goofs

When Bennie dives for Yung's watch, the building is falling outward towards the water. The next scene shows the building falling to the left (when viewing from outside). See more »

Quotes

Connor Watts: Hey, Sergei! You look different somehow! Did you shave your back? Start walking upright? Heh! Good times!
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Crazy Credits

Film bloopers screen side by side with the credits. (no subtitles) See more »

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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

From NY to LA
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis) and Joey Katsaros
Performed by King Juju
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Jue di tao wang: I enjoyed it despite it's best efforts
11 January 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Okay bear with me on this one, this is one of those films that I enjoyed yet I fully understand an argument against me doing so.

You see Netflix decided to make another buddy duo with Jackie Chan, he's done great work with Chris Tucker, Owen Wilson and even Lee Evans before so it made sense. There is just something about him that screams buddy movie, so here they pair him with Johnny Knoxville which has been met with a very mixed reception. Do they have chemistry? I personally thought so.

It tells a rather generic action movie story (As they tend to do) with lashings of comedy to keep it interesting and in my view both of these leads excel in that department. They both have great natural comedic timing despite not really coming from that background, Chan from martial arts and Knoxville from.......stunts?

An old school buddy movie with over the top sequences, the odd couple dynamic and Chan's trademark comedy stunts/fight scenes I was enthralled but the films flaws are overwhelming.

Many jokes miss their mark, some moments seem awkward, the fights are considerably tamer than we're used to (Chan's age no doubt a factor), and the whole thing has a really PG vibe to it. Truth be told the movie has a lot more flaws than I'm letting on but it's qualities outweigh them and I found it an enjoyable, fun, throwback movie.

I understand the criticism, but I really enjoyed it and would love a sequel.

The Good:

Leads do a great job

Eve Torres is ageing like a fine wine

Some funny moments

Awesome buddy movie dynamic

The Bad:

Littered with flaws in pretty much every area of the film

PG cuteness hurts the film


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