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Dragon Lord Review


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Another typically serious-meets-silly entry into Jackie Chan's body of work, Dragon Lord covers the twin issues of stolen Chinese artifacts and bizarre Chinese team sports. The latter is the more interesting part of the movie, beginning with a rugby-like game that has hundreds of competitors climbing a rickety bamboo cone to grab a ball on top. Later, Chan and pals engage in a cross between soccer, badminton, and hacky sack. None of it has anything to do with the threadbare plot, but it's great eye candy. Chan's stunts take a back seat, however, to ridiculous humor, such as two guys trying to conceal their urinating into a stream from nearby children.

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Project A Review


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Not a personal favorite, though Project A has earned the raves of many as Jackie Chan's best movie. The story of pirates off the coast of old-style Hong Kong and Chan's naval officer-turned-policeman who tries to stop them is a bit derivative of any number of pirate movies, but it's the fight scenes -- especially those with sidekick Sammo Hung -- that make Project A a winner. Shot before Chan had broken every bone in his body twice, the spry Chan had such agility and quickness it's truly frightening to watch.

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