Police Story 2013 | Police Story: Lockdown (2013,2015) – 6/10 Jackie Chan hostage crime thriller movie review

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Cast / crew
Producer: Jerry Ye
Producer: Lu Zheng
Director, Editor and Screenplay Writer: Ding Sheng
Jackie Chan: Zhong Wen
Liu Ye: Wu Jiang
Jing Tian: Miao Miao
Liu Hai Long: Pi Song
Zhou Xiao Ou: Wei Xiao Fu
Yu Rong Guang: Captain Wu
Wu Yue: A Yue
Liu Pei Qi: Chief Zhang

Police Story 2013 | Police Story: Lockdown (2013)

Policeman Zhong Wen is invited by his estranged daughter, Miao Miao, to meet at a nightclub as she wants to tell him something important but a hostage situation unexpectedly explodes and Wen will be required to go above and beyond his professional duty.


There’s enough of dramatic interest to make some stretches of Police Story 2013 tense, interesting and quite good. Sadly, the area where the film falls down is in the action. Poor compositing replaces what would have been done with stuntmen for real in Chan’s heyday (arguably New Police Story (2004) is the last great Jackie Chan action movie though The Myth (2005) contains the last great Jackie Chan action scene – rat glue factory); watching an old man, Jackie Chan, get beaten up is in no way fun and it’s also almost distressing to see his fight scenes have fully degenerated into Hollywood-style editing blurs to disguise the lack of any actual technique or speed.

This movie contains strong violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

The Young Master (1980) – 7/10 martial arts action movie review

Cast / crew
Producer (Presents credit): Raymond Chow Man Wai
Producer: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung
Actor, Action Choreographer and Director Dragon: Jackie Chan aka Lung Cheng
Writer (Screenplay): Lau Tin-Chee
Writer (Screenplay): Tung Lu
Writer (Screenplay): Edward Tang
Action Choreographer: Feng Ke-An

The Young Master (1980)

On the day of a martial-arts challenge, the Red School’s star fighter is injured, and a young student has to take his place.


Martial arts showcase featuring very little in the way of coherent story but proved to be a breakthrough film for Asia’s pint-sized action god Jackie Chan. This is not a completely rounded film, it has no immediately obvious story (though you can work it out if you try and if you make up bits of your own) and the links provided to get from one fight to another are very lacking. But the fight sequences and martial arts prowess on display is simply staggering. Jackie also introduces his trademark balance between action and humour and it is this dual-pronged attack on the funny bone and any bone which raises this above most martial arts fare.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue, mild nudity, extended strong martial arts violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow aka Se ying diu sau (1978) – 6/10 Jackie Chan period martial arts movie review

Cast / crew
Jackie Chan
Lung Cheng
: Chien Fu
Siu Tien Yuen: Master Pai Cheng-Tien
Director: Yuen Wo Ping
Hwang Jang Lee: Lord Sheng Kuan
Producer: See-Yuen Ng

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow

Se ying diu sau (1978)

Chien Fu is the dogsbody and punching bag for a local martial arts school but is eager to learn fighting for himself. He is about to find himself in the middle of a deadly battle of techniques as the master of Eagle Claw technique has been eliminating everyone who knows the Snake Fist technique and is only left with two to kill.


After failing to take up Bruce Lee’s mantle, producer See-Yuen Ng decided to move Jackie Chan into martial arts movies balanced with comedy. The result was this and, later that year, Drunken Master. Both are purely fight scenes with just enough story to justify them and a tiny bit of comedy here and there. The best comedy moment comes as Chan follows the two masters up a wall (onto the largest roof in movie history for the final fight: it’s open countryside!). They both ascend using near-superhuman ability and skill. Chan tries to follow but just bounces off. He leaves shot for a longer run up and, without missing a beat, returns with a ladder. It’s a very nice gag, brilliantly timed. As to the action, it’s mostly pretty impressive. There’s an imaginative fight with Jackie as a puppet, some very impressive technique with a food bowl (from director Yuen Wo Ping’s Dad), great physicality in the training and fight sequences and a decent, not overlong, final fight which even features what appears to be an unassisted triple jump-kick from Hwang Jang Lee. It’s BBFC 18 for no obvious reason though perhaps it’s because everyone has gigantic moles on their faces. It’s most disconcerting. Yes, that’s probably it.

This movie contains bad language and strong martial arts violence, real cat-versus-snake fight.

Classified 18 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.

Robin B Hood (2006, Jackie Chan Action Comedy) – 1/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Jackie Chan
Executive Producer: Jackie Chan
Executive Producer: Albert Yeung
Executive Producer: Willie Chan
Executive Producer: Wang Zhongjun
Director: Benny Chan
Jackie Chan: Thongs
Louis Koo: Octopus
Michael Hui: Landlord
Chen Baoguo:
Gao Yuanyuan: Melody
Matthew Medvedev: The Baby
Writer: Jackie Chan
Writer: Benny Chan
Writer: Alan Yuen
Writer (Story): Alan Yuen
Biao Yuen: Steve Mok
Wong Yuk-man:

Robin B Hood (2006)

Thongs and Octopus are master thieves but useless humans. Thongs has a serious gambling problem and an alienated family and Octopus blows his money on women and things to impress women while being horrible to his pregnant wife. After their boss Landlord has his ill-gotten gains stolen, he comes up with a plan that will net them $7 million in one go but he fails to tell Thongs and Octopus exactly what they’ll be stealing this time.


This is a near-unbelievably poor Jackie Chan film which builds up from Jackie stealing medicine from a hospital to, arguably, the most stupid, genuinely astonishing and audience insulting climax in movie history. Don’t let this awesome picture of Louis Koo hoovering up the baby or the fact that Jackie’s character is called Thongs tempt you into watching this. Remember how Gorgeous was stupendously dull in between all-time classic fight scenes? Well this is similar except the fight scenes are merely okay and in-between we have Jackie Chan making up for a lack of homosexuality and poop in his earlier movies in addition to being an gambling-addicted baby-kidnapping thief aided and abetted by a feckless wastrel. It’s really far worse than I’m making it sound.

This movie contains mild swear words and dangerous behaviour including putting a baby in a washing machine, in a deep freeze and defibrillating it using a car battery, martial arts violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Shinjuku Incident (2009, Jackie Chan Crime Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Executive Producer: Jackie Chan
Producer: Willie Chan
Producer: Solon So
Writer: Derek Yee
Writer: Chun Tin Nam
Jackie Chan: Steelhead
Director: Derek Yee
Naoto Takenaka: Inspector Kitano
Daniel Wu: Jie
Xu Jing Lei: Xiu Xiu / Yuko Eguchi
Masaya Kato: Toshinari Eguchi
Toru Minegishi: Koichi Muranishi

Shinjuku Incident (2009)

Chinese farmer Steelhead illegally travels to Japan to find his girlfriend who left a year or so ago to make her fortune. When he arrives, he discovers the streets are not paved with gold. Not unless you’re willing to paint them with blood first.


This is unquestionably the best written Jackie Chan movie in his entire career. Shinjuku Incident has an interesting story in an interesting setting with convincingly crafted characters. Jackie exhibits a baffling character trait where he refuses money as a gift or for services rendered but is happy enough to steal, cheat and kill for it. This isn’t a good man forced to do bad things; he sees a, criminal, shortcut and takes it and discovers he’s rather good living on the wrong side of the law. There have been a few Jackie Chan movies where they said ‘you’ll see Jackie as you’ve never seen him before.’ This is the first and only time it’s been true. What’s amazing is that the setups for Chan-tastic fight sequences are all there but then he either runs away (and gets reinforcements) or flails inelegantly. He’s not even called Jack or Jackie in the movie (his name is Steelhead though, which is sufficiently awesome). It really is a genuine shock and is another reason to see this movie, if only to experience that surprisingly deep feeling.

This movie contains mild swear words and substance abuse and strong graphic violence, gory and very unpleasant scenes and mild non-sexual nudity, sex scene.

Classified 18 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.

The Myth aka San wa (2005, Jackie Chan Fantasy Action Romance) – 5/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Executive Producer: Jackie Chan
Executive Producer: Willie Chan
Director: Stanley Tong
Jackie Chan: Meng Yi / Jack
Kim Hee-Sun: Ok Soo
Tony Leung Ka Fai: William
Mallika Sherawat: Samantha
Choi Min Soo: General Choi
Tam Yiu Man: Xu Gui
Writer (Screenplay): Stanley Tong
Writer (Screenplay): Wang Hui Ling
Writer (Screenplay): Li Haishu
Stunt Choreographer: Jackie Chan
Stunt Choreographer: Stanley Tong
Producer: Willie Chan
Producer: Solon So
Producer: Barbie Tung
Writer (Story): Stanley Tong

Myth, The aka San wa (2005)

Quin Dynasty: General Meng Yi oversees the transfer of Concubine Li to his Emperor’s kingdom but a battle quickly ensues. As they make their escape alone, they develop a love that will survive anything, even death.


This is an attempt at a cross-generational romantic fantasy but an entirely broken script is given way too much screen-time to be overlooked. You spend all of the non-action sequences trying to work out what’s happening regardless of the usually misleading and contradictory words. It starts with a baffling sequence where Tony Leung Ka Fai attempts to save his betrothed by stabbing Jackie (who is the only thing stopping her falling to her death), then they all leap off the cliff anyway and it only gets more nonsensical. It’s largely a good-looking film (the effects are poor) and the score is nice but, of course, we’re here for the action. The action sequences are generally good with the best being the Rat Glue Factory fight, which includes the flexible eye-candy of the almost indescribably hot Mallika Sherawat and punctuated marvellously by a pair of comedy underpants (though I don’t know why you’d want to glue rats to anything ;) ). It’s a classic. The early coffin fight is also superbly orchestrated showcasing the continued inventiveness and energy and comedy that Chan brings to his best sequences.

This movie contains martial arts violence, graphic period war violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Battle Creek Brawl aka The Big Brawl (1980, Jackie Chan Period Martial Arts Fighting) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Fred Weintraub
Jackie Chan: Jerry
José Ferrer: Dominici
Kristine De Bell: Nancy
Mako: Herbert
Ron Max: Leggetti
Story and Screenplay Writer and Director: Robert Clouse
Writer (Story): Fred Weintraub
Producer: Terry Morse, Jr.

Battle Creek Brawl aka The Big Brawl (1980)

Jerry is forced into fighting for Dominici in The Battle Creek Brawl to get his brother’s fiancée back.


Given the disdainful reputation this film seems to have garnered as Jackie Chan’s first American production, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the imaginative, complex fight sequences and light balletic touch that marks Chan’s action of this period is completely intact. There is a complaint that the fight scenes are filmed at normal speed making them seem a little less frenetic than action in Chan’s Hong Kong movies (which are slightly undercranked). At the time, though, this wouldn’t have meant anything to audiences as they had not seen original Jackie Chan movies. Perhaps of more importance is that some of the camera angles and editing in the fight scenes do not quite capture the action at its best, largely because American crews had never filmed this kind of lengthy, complex action before. While certainly not as exhilarating as Chan’s best work, looking back, it is remarkable how unadulterated it is and it sits comfortably alongside Chan’s contemporary Hong Kong output and is certainly not embarrassed by it.

This movie contains mild swear words, bad language, adult dialogue, mild sensuality, melee and martial arts violence, knife violence and melee and martial arts violence, knife violence and mild sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.