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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Lord : Don't be confused, This is a good film.
Dragon Lord is the first good Jackie Chan film. All the elements of a classic Jackie Chan film came together in this film for the first time: 1) The well-trained but clumsy underdog hero whose adolescent tendencies get him into big trouble. 2) The use of almost cartoonish humor, blended with spectacular, sometimes death defying stunt work 3)sometimes brutal hand to...
Published on August 9, 2001 by Christopher J. Jarmick

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light on the Action, but Excellent Stunts!
My jaw dropped when I watched the Chinese hackey sack game. You'll cringe at the beginning of the movie as Jackie falls fromt the top of a human tower! OUCH! But the fight scenes were pretty lame and there wasn't a very good villain either. If you want a movie with a good villain and great action, get Young Master.
Published on January 16, 2000 by macjeff


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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Lord : Don't be confused, This is a good film., August 9, 2001
This review is from: Dragon Lord (DVD)
Dragon Lord is the first good Jackie Chan film. All the elements of a classic Jackie Chan film came together in this film for the first time: 1) The well-trained but clumsy underdog hero whose adolescent tendencies get him into big trouble. 2) The use of almost cartoonish humor, blended with spectacular, sometimes death defying stunt work 3)sometimes brutal hand to hand fights with a bare minimum of bone breaking sound effects or blood.
This was only the second film Jackie directed. His first was Young Master and that film established Jackie as the martial arts Buster Keaton. However that film could not break out of the utterly formulaic restrictions the martial arts film and producers insisted upon.
Dragon Lord does change the formula and drastically. It also was not a box office success in Hong Kong and Jackie would work with his friends and Sammo (and fufill his contractual obligation to appear in the dreadful Cannonball Run 2 in 1983) before directing his first full-fledged Chan-masterpiece Project A in 1984. Dragon Lord was originally conceived as a sequel to Young Master, to be called Young Master in Love. But continuity did not allow the film to be an official sequel. It was first released (barely) to the U.S. as The Dragon Strikes in 1982. At this point in his career, Jackie knew he was not going to follow in the footsteps and be the new Bruce Lee for producer director Lo Wei. He had other things in mind and almost got what he was after with Dragon Lord.
For nearly the entire first hour of Dragon Lord , Dragon (Chan) and his best friend Cowboy (Mars) vie for the attentions of a young woman who's name we later learn is Sexxy. We are treated to an incredible display of stunt work in a opening title sequence of a Football game (not soccer) , Chinese Style. Forget about protective gear or the refs calling anyone for unnecessary roughness. 90 stunt people received minor injuries and Jackie hurt his chin so bad he was in pain when he tried to talk .
Later Cowboy and Dragon run into a field of tall grass after a pheasant and meet a desperate man trying to hide from some thugs. The thugs start to rough up Cowboy and Dragon but realize they are just kids and not connected to the man they want.
Dragon, sneaks out of his house and gets away from his studies to try and meet the young woman of his dreams but runs into his best friend and rival Cowboy. Cowboy seems to take the upper hand with a dirty trick performed in front of Dragon's father. But Dragon gets another opportunity and he has a plan. The plan involves staging an attack so that supposedly Cowboy can be a hero, but instead it's Dragon that is about to become a hero. Tempers flare however and Cowboy and Dragon fight and it becomes clear the attack was staged. The girl is not impressed and Cowboy and Dragon get into trouble and stop being friends.
Eventually the two friends make up and compete in a Chinese shuttlecck match which is played like soccer only instead of a ball the players use a shuttlecck )without rackets keeping it off the ground and moving it around without using their hands). The nearly fifteen minute sequence involving the playing of this game is a highlight of physical dexterity and stunt work. Picture the best hacky-sack players you have ever seen , now add non-stop acrobatics to the mix. Wow.
Next Dragon tries to send a note to the girl Sexxy. The kite carrying the note blows in the wrong direction and Dragon goes to retrieve it. He finds himself on a roof top and there is a top secret illegal smuggling operation going on below him. Men with spears try to get him and they almost succeed. Smugglers are stealing Ming Vases to ship out of the country illegally.
Dragon's father gives Dragon a test on his studies, and in another comic slapstick sequence Dragon manages to cheat himself through his father's examination.
This eventually all leads to a show-down with the thugs and smugglers for Cowboy and Dragon and the incredible 20 minute fight sequence finale of the film. A fight sequence which is full of all of the best of Jackie's trademark moves and humor, with only the barest minimum of any wire work or trickery. It's pure Jackie acrobatics for 20 minutes straight and a must see for all Jackie fans. He would re-stage and upgrade the fight slightly (with different characters) to end the Hong Kong film version of The Protector (the American version of this film with Danny Aielo is to be avoided except for the curious to compare it to the superior Hong Kong version of the film which Jackie re-edited and directed additional martial arts sequences for -including a new ending).
Dragon Lord doesn't represent Jackie's finest (look to Drunken Master 2 aka Legend of the Drunken Master and Project A part 2 for that). The first hour of the film feels too light and episodic. The use of music punctuates sequences in much the same way cartoon music is used. The sports sequences are knock-outs but they feel disconnected from the narrative of the film. It isn't until the final 40 minutes the film seems to come together when it generates a little bit of suspense and then delivers the knock out final fight sequence. Chan's direction and choreography though a bit repetitious after a while is impressive.
If you like Jackie Chan at all, put this one on your must see list and if your thinking maybe you'll buy it.. it's worth having!
- -Christopher J Jarmick,is the author of the steamy suspense thriller The Glass Coccon with Serena F. Holder
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece in pieces, September 16, 1999
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This review is from: Dragon Lord (DVD)
This is an excellent Jackie Chan film, I've seen it on video and it's longer by about ten minutes. This DVD has cut a lot out of the original. The comedy in this movie is very funny and the fights are excellent. This DVD doesn't do it justice. One whole comedy scene is cut out. The action is still there, thank God, but the comedy adds a lot to this film, balancing it out more nicely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, October 17, 2011
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If you want action and comedy at the same time this is your movie. With a 1/2 tea spoon of comedy, a 1/3 tea spoon of Action, a 2/4 tea spoon of comedy and a hole lot of Jackie Chan makes any movie awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Jackie's early directing efforts, March 18, 1999
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This is one of the films that started to break him away from the cheesy Kung-Fu flicks by Lo-Wei to his well known period action comedies like "Project A." This film has a really basic plot involving bandits stealing Chinese treasure. But it isn't important, this film is just a collection of enetertaining action scenes and comedy. Some notable scenes are sporting events. One involves grabbing a ball from the top of a large tower, and another involes a game which is like a cross between hacky sack and soccer. This film is most noted for being in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most takes for a single shot, over 2,900!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light on the Action, but Excellent Stunts!, January 16, 2000
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"macjeff" (Tacoma, Washington) - See all my reviews
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My jaw dropped when I watched the Chinese hackey sack game. You'll cringe at the beginning of the movie as Jackie falls fromt the top of a human tower! OUCH! But the fight scenes were pretty lame and there wasn't a very good villain either. If you want a movie with a good villain and great action, get Young Master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars kam & ronson blu ray version, May 5, 2014
This review is from: Dragon Lord [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
this review is for the HONG KONG release, KAM & RONSON version.
i'm very happy that i purchased this one instead of the crappy US release.
this version is a different cut than the one that's out there!
its 103 minutes longer with never before scenes!
the only scene that's missing in this one , is the scene where Jackie & mars fire the cannon at the end.
this version has outtakes! and what is a JACKIE CHAN film without outtakes?!
this blu ray includes a behind the scenes feature ( yes, behind the scenes!!)
as well as the original trailer.
as for the picture quality...
its incredible and the audio isn't bad either.
the subtitles are very accurate and this version has a better cover art than the US release.
i'm even going further to say its better than the UK HONG KONG LEGENDS version.
if your're a JACKIE CHAN fan, than do yourself a favor and get a copy!
i'm glad that i did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, January 28, 2015
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Good price, fast shipping! Thanks
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Upscaled?, January 23, 2013
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J. Hunt "Toon-Freak" (ann arbor, mi United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dragon Lord [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
We need to start knowing if these recent blu-rays of chinese films are just dvd upscales and not really high definition restoring the picture.. These companies keep ripping us off giving us films that are on dvd for less than 5 dollars and giving us the same exact copy upscaled to blu-ray.. SHAME ON YOU FORTUNE STAR and KAM AND RONSON! These companies are stealing your money Jackie Chan!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan, what can one say, January 4, 2000
This review is from: Dragon Lord (DVD)
If you are a Chan fan get this and get 'em all. If you have only seen Jackie in US films, they are poor compared to the Hong Kong productions. If you get hooked, you will want them all. DO IT!
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