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Fun, Goofy Kung-Fu Movies
Mary | Toronto | 07/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First things first: only one of the three movies on this DVD ("The Young Master") actually stars Jackie Chan. The others where either had action choreography done by him ("36 Crazy Fists") or have a short cameo ("Fantasy Mission Force.")
"Young Master" is an enjoyable movie, similar in tone and style to his relatively early "Drunken Master" period. The first half has its lulls, but the second half picks up with some terrific action and comedy.
"36 Crazy Fists" actually has footage of Jackie doing choreography tacked on at the beginning, adding sleaziness to this hilariously bad epic. Obviously intended as a rip-off of "Drunken Master," this is truly awful, but it's entertaining in an odd sort of way.
Chan apparantly did "Fantasy Mission Force" as a favour to Jimmy Wang-Yu, who helped get him out of a contract. This is a completely wild, insane movie, full of Amazon women, odd references to American movies, a singing hobo, and even vampires! It's wonderfully stupid in every conceivable way, although, truth be told, the final battle between Jimmy Wang-Yu and Chan is relatively exciting.
Like most DVDs that try to cram three movies on them, this looks pretty atrocious. "Fantasy Mission Force" and "36 Crazy Fists" are both panned-and-scanned, and they look very claustrophobic. "Young Master" is in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, making it the best looking of the bunch. It still, however, looks smeary, faded, and fuzzy. As an extra feature, there is an average Jackie Chan biography, as well as some "film facts" in the form of liner notes."
Do not be duped!
Bex | WA, USA | 05/20/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, first of all, I was tricked by packaging when I first started my Jackie Chan collection. Trying to own every movie he's ever made in the shortest amount of time (I have since learned better), I bought 36 Crazy Fists because it touted Jackie as actually being in the film. NO! Jackie is NOT in the film, he was the action coordinator. Do not fall into the trap I fell into. The main actor, though, Tony Leung Kar Fai, I believe, did act rather Jackie-esque in the comedy department and the stamp of Jackie is vaguely on the film, but he's not in it. As for Fantasy Mission Force- well, in Jackie's own words about the premise: "If it sounds ridiculous, that's because it IS." He did the movie a favor to someone who had helped him out. Big mess that included the Triad. Yes, this is one of those movies Jackie would rather not have you see nor really admit he's been in. He shows up halfway through the film and somehow turns into the hero of the film, even though he's an overalled bumpkin. But he knows how to fight! There are Nazis, vampires and zombies, I think. It was all very confusing. You'd be better off injecting LSD directly into your eyeballs; you'd get the same effect. Horrible, awful movie. So do Jackie a favor, learn from my mistakes and wasted money and just skip this one altogether. Of course, if you're doing what I'm doing, which is to collect ALL his movies no matter how crappy they are, then you'll eventually have to bite the bullet and this to your collection. Hold off as long as possible. As for Young Master... well, that one was really good. I definitely recommend Young Master. Some great action in that one. Also features Yuen Biao. Vintage Jackie. **Three stars ONLY because Young Master in included**"
Only 1 good movie, but not a bad 3-pack for the super low pr
morgoth | omaha, NE | 07/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is the cut version of Young Master, but still a good movie. The English dubbing is very memorable. I suggest getting the Fortune Star version, but this is still not a bad deal. This is my favorite kung fu comedy, and my favorite Jackie Chan movie. Actually, it is one of my favorite comedies from any genre. The kung fu is also tops. Whang In-sik is scary good as the villain. The only way Jackie can defeat him is to drink some opium water or something and turn into Superman at the end. This is one crazy movie. It also stars the guy with the claw from Enter the Dragon, Lily Li, Fung Hak-on, Lee Hoi Sang, Wei Pai, and Tien Feng (Bruce Lee's master from The Chinese Connection).
Picture quality is not bad. Just don't go into this expecting it to be perfect by any means.
The 36 Crazy Fists-
This is not a very good movie, but it has a really fun final fight with Yen Shi-kwan. Fung Hak-on and Tony Leung Siu Hung also have a couple good fights. The best part about this movie is that there is a behind the scenes making of that is played at the start. There is footage of Jackie Chan choreographing the action, and this stuff is even better than the movie itself. It must have been a promotional featurette or something. There is an announcer explaining that because of his contract, Jackie could not appear in this movie, and he hopes that you can forgive him.
Picture quality is bad, but still watchable.
Fantasy Mission Force-
During the late 70's Jimmy Wang Yu must have run out of ideas, because all of his movies started becoming complete trash. Jackie Chan was a superstar at the time this movie was made, and even he can't save it. There is also a young Brigitte Lin on hand and Adam Cheng has a cameo, but sadly Jackie Chan is the only good thing about this movie. The story is unforgiveablely bad, and only 1 or 2 action scenes are good. I can't say enough bad things about this movie. It starts out like it might be fun, but ends up taking a nose dive halfway through.
Picture quality is bad but watchable
All in all, not a bad 3-pack, but only worth buying because it is so cheap."