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Armour of God
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Chinese: 龍兄虎弟


Jackie Chan and Alan Tam

Year: 1987
Director: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai
Producer: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung
Writer: Szeto Cheuk-Hon, Edward Tang Ging-Sang, Lo Gin, John Shepard
Action: Lau Kar-Wing, Jackie Chan's Stuntmen Association, Danny Yuen Ching-Yeung
Cast: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam Wing-Lun, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Lola Forner, Ken Boyle, John Ladalski
The Skinny: Spectacular action set pieces compensate for the annoying and sometimes insulting filler that populates this eighties Jackie Chan action-adventure.
 
Review
by Kozo:

This action/comedy from the late eighties teams Jackie Chan with pop star Alan Tam. Chan is the Asian Hawk, a modern Indiana Jones-type adventurer (read: grave robber). Heís called into service to find the Armour of God, a set of armor that was supposedly used by some deity. His incentive is the kidnapping and ransoming of his ex-girlfriend Rosamund Kwan.

However, Alan Tam is Rosamundís current flame and Jackieís ex-partner in their pop group, The Losers (an in-joke on The Wynners, Alan Tamís former pop group with Kenny Bee). With Alan in tow, Jackie heads to Europe in search of the armor. Then they fight many people.

First of all, the stunts and action are terrific, with some incredible set pieces that are vintage Chan. Sadly, the story/plot is not so hot, and former Miss Spain Lola Forner is incredibly wooden even when dubbed into Cantonese. Rosamund Kwan pretty much does nothing in an extended flower vase performance. Alan Tam is Alan Tam, which is great for some people but no so great for others. Overall, this film works best when Jackie Chan shows his stuff, and when he does, the film is as entertaining and exhilarating as they come.

However, when Chan isn't onscreen, fast forward. What happens between the action sequences renders the film nearly unwatchable. The filler is crass, culturally ignorant and frankly mind-numbingly boring. But the action is tops. (Kozo 1996)

 
Notes: • Jackie Chan was hospitalized during the shooting of this film when a stunt went awry. When the ending outtakes roll, not only do they show Chan being taken away on a stretcher, but they also show the actual accident which rendered him unconscious and seriously injured.
• Acquired by Miramax/Disney, cut and dubbed, then released on video in the United States as Operation Condor 2: The Armour of the Gods.
Awards: 7th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination - Best Action Design (Lau Kar-Wing, Jackie Chan's Stuntmen Association, Danny Yuen Ching-Yeung)
 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
Also see: Armour of God II: Operation Condor (1991)

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