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Dragons Forever


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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Pauline Yeung, Deannie Yip
  • Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen
  • Writers: Cheuk-Hon Szeto, Gordon Chan, Yiu Ming Leung
  • Producers: Leonard Ho, Pui-Wah Chan, Raymond Chow
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Japanese, Georgian, Thai
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305261415
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dragons Forever" on IMDb

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Fight sequences are top notch and very well coreographed.
J Brenner
Dragons is easily one of the best Chan movies created, and perhaps one of the greatest H.K. martial arts cast every assembled.
dominion_ruler
The acrobatics will blow you away, and the final fight with Benny "The Jet" Urquidez is one you'll never forget.
J.B. (jbliang@princeton.edu)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Fitzgerald on March 24, 1999
Format: DVD
First let me say this is one of my favorite Jackie Chan movies, especially with the addition of Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. Lots of great fights and stunts, but unfortunately none of the standard Jackie Chan outtakes at the end of the movie.
The DVD transfer is not up to Hollywood standards, but considering the source material it is not too bad - much better than the pan-and-scan VHS version I had previously seen.
The re-mixed Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was relatively clear, but the sound effects during the fight scenes were overdone with typical kung-fu movie sounds whenever characters took a swing or made a kick. This was very apparent when Benny the Jet "cracks" his neck - it sounds like he's made of balsa wood. This is no different from the VHS version, but with the directionality of the surround mix, the sounds become even more distracting.
There were some differences from the VHS version: a scene was missing where Yuen Biao visits his psychiatrist. This ommission makes his character's motivation a little harder to understand, but other than that you're only missing out on a little comedy.
Also, there were no subtitles to the song lyrics in the middle of the movie. This is unfortunate, because the subtitles on the videotape version were unintentionally hilarious ("our hearts walk arm in arm...a touch, and sparks of electricity leave my heart strings atremble, love is conveyor belt of warmth"). DVD owners will miss these wonderful lyrics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2000
Format: DVD
I have seen a lot of Jackie Chan movies and own a lot also. I never saw this one until I bought it a week ago. No rental place had this movie, GRRR. I heard it was great and so I waited for the DVD version and I bought it, and WOW! this is my favorite Jackie Chan movie now. Its funny and has lots of fights. And not just any fights, but some of the best fight scenes in any JC movie. The boat scene is awesome and the finale is SPECTACULAR. I loved Yuen Biao at the end of the movie, this is the best fighting I have ever seen him do. Also Jackie has a rematch with Benny "The Jet" from Wheels on Meals and this fight is just as good as the first one. If you havent seen Wheels on Meals then go rent it and watch the last fight with Jackie and Benny, one word describes that fight, AWESOME. The only thing I didnt like about the movie was how the boss of the bad guys was puffing away on his cigar, he looked really stupid doing it so much, but that is a tiny little teeny tiny problem. If your gonna buy a Jackie Chan movie, buy this, you will love it.
The DVD version I have is just like the Young Master version if you happen to have that. It is subtitled in like 10 different languages, readable thank god. It even has a filmography that gives a list of all the movies Jackie, Sammo, and Yuen have been a part of. And it has their biographies, brief but enough so you know where they came from and how they got here, etc. The sound is good and picture quality is pretty good also. But hey, JUST BUY IT cause you cant hate this movie, its impossible!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Smith on October 1, 2004
Format: DVD
Jackie Chan's box office success with the Rush Hour movies has cemented his reputation as a film legend. Although fellow martial artists Samo Hung, Yuen Wah and Yuen Biao will never reach his status, their fights together in Dragons Forever (MIA) rescue the film from its convoluted plot.

Jackie is blessed with the grace of Kelly, the stunted charm of Roger Moore, the comic timing of Benigni and the nose of a caveman. Despite a few colourful bruises, his nose survives Dragons Forever intact. The same goes for his romance with the heroine - it's not without its kicks and twists, it takes a hammering but goes the distance.

Jackie plays Mr Lung (nickname: Big Nose), an unorthodox lawyer whose techniques include beating up a client and forcing a witness to admit her love for him while under oath. The narrative defies logic at times, with characters acting erratically. The blame for this must lie with director Samo Hung, who gives some of the best scenes to the loveable arms dealer he portrays. Fed up with living in Jackie's shadow, he made no more films with the superstar.

A pity, because any flaws in the plot or the subtitles are compensated by intricately structured action sequences. As with the best Jackie Chan fights, most of these set pieces involve sparse sets and a minimum of props. The audience are left to marvel at slow-motion acrobatics and crafty stunts. The main villain's come-uppance is particularly memorable, as he is injected with hard drugs, falls from a gantry and drowns in a narcotic soup.

Dragons Forever is mercifully economical in length - a herd of extras pile into shot as the credits roll, brushing aside scenes that must have cost more than a series full of Casualties. The audience is left to marvel at the action-clogged climax, confirming GQ Magazine's appraisal of Jackie as 'the biggest martial arts movie star of all time.'
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. N. K on September 1, 2001
Format: DVD
The reason I think this movie deserves a four star rating over a five star rating is simply because of the scenes with all three brothers; there just aren't enough! I LOVED how they played the three heroes that worked together in Project A, but here, their working together is constantly shrouded by their innabilities to cope with one another; mostly Sammo's and Yuen's characters'. In fact, the only time that you see the three fight a fight together is between each other! Personally, I didn't much care for the bar fight, for it seemed rather randomly placed, as well as hard to follow.
Anyone who has seen these three men knows that they are all martial arts masters! When the three of them fight each other brutally outside of Ling's house, while the scene was only about a minute in length, it was one of the best martial arts scenes I've seen yet. The end fight scenes were masterly done as well. The fight with Sammo Hung trapped in the factory was quite good, and then the one where Jackie Chan and Yuen Baio come to find Sammo Hung was incredible. Especially the fight between Jackie Chan and Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. I'm sure you've heard about the two famous fights between Jackie and Benny; they're both considered legendary, and I say that they are every bit worthy of being so.
Under this action, however, is still an enjoyable movie. No matter how predictable I found Jackie's big question in the end court scene to be, I still loved the scene throughout. I also liked how Yuen Baio was clearly mentally disturbed, yet as we see him, we find out it isn't a disturbance of mind in a bad way necessarily.
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