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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Emily Chu, Hoi Mang, Ching-Ying Lam
  • Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fruit Chan
  • Writers: Barry Wong
  • Producers: Lam Chua, Ma Wu
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304392206
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

The action is good, very good.
A Customer
I think this movie is pretty good, but I could barely watch some of the parts because it was turning too mushy... too "chick-flick"ish.
"4lifenet"
They play brothers in the film, not much unlike Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rainman.
Tracy J. Rivadeneyra

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Hogan on February 27, 2006
Format: DVD
This is in response to the Feb. 5th review titled "ORIGINAL IS BETTER~!"

While I agree with the message, it was put the wrong place. While in most cases the R1 releases of Hong Kong films are heavily cut and dubbed, these releases by Fox, are actually done by the fantastic HK company Fortune Star, and only released under Fox. They contain the UNCUT film in the original Cantonese language (DTS too!), as well as the English dub. As usual the picture quality is more than fantastic. The only downpoints are the usual Fortune Star downpoints: Hardly-to-no extras, and slightly edited sound fx,(but in this case no original mono sound). Also the subtitles are actually dubtitles, but are not terrible. In all, this is still one of the better versions of this film on DVD, especially for under $10.

PS. As for the argument that "no other countries have their own cuts, like France," maybe you should look into Luc Besson's distribution of Asian (especially Thai) films.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The 14 Amazons on January 26, 2003
Format: DVD
Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung completely re-invented the Hong Kong action movie in the 1970's and 1980's, and Jackie especially was the undisputed king of the HK box office. Heart Of The Dragon was a brave step for them, a movie that largely eschews action and focuses on drama. I guess they wanted to prove that there was more to them than best-in-the-world action direction, and here they prove it beyond doubt. The dramatic performances of both are excellent, and Sammo's direction is wonderful. It's a really moving story, very well told.
Obviously they knew that the fans out there expected action though, so the movie has a few small fights and then a largely unnecessary but brilliantly filmed action finale that lasts a good 20 minutes. The movie would probably have been just as good without it, but one cannot complain about a 20 minute action scene when such masters of the art were behind it. Even if the action is all you care about, the quality of the finale here is so good you will not want to miss this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Turnaround365 on November 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
First, this is not your typical Jackie Chan movie. Although the action's there, it's sandwiched between the real focus of this movie--a touching tale of a man torn between responsibility towards his handicapped brother (portrayed memorably by Samo Hung), and the chance to realize his dream of becoming a sailor. If you're looking for action, you may want to look elsewhere . . . if you want to be suprised by Jackie's acting range, or if you're a completist, don't miss this one. It's certainly a quality film. And if you're into sappy foriegn films, you may be suprised just how good this one is. Samo and Jackie are brilliant together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Although a great mix of action and drama, this movie made in the mid-80s, which has recently seen the light of day in the states, is missing too much. This movie is missing about 2 fight scenes that add nearly 10 minutes. Two fight scenes mean too much missing. Some of the action in the finale was deleted also. Where would a Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Hong Kong action film be without numerous fight scenes? Some of the music has been changed or taken out that enhanced the mood of the scenes. I am a great fan of Jackie Chan and Hong Kong cinema but I am tired of seeing fantastic action films cut of their action. This movie would have been 5 stars had it not had too much missing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buzaru on February 7, 2004
Format: DVD
While this has action-and whenever Sammo directs, expect Jackie to be a juggernaut, the real story is the bond between them. Through the story(and the real life events behind this movie) Jackie and Sammo show themselves as inseperable. Jackie walks hand in hand with Sammo at a time when critics were circling around Sammo like vultures on roadkill. While the story will lead you to be upset with yourself for laughing at a person with disabilities(which you will) you will find redemption in seeing them staying in a relationship no matter what. Jail, jewel thieves and the merchant marines cannot split this duo. Their bond comes through, even if you see the film in Japanese with English subtitles, which was my first experience with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was a big surprise! Jackie Chan is a very good actor, as is Samo Hung. The story is about a frustrated cop who must sacrifice his dreams to care for his retarded brother. The action actually takes a back seat to the story, for a change. It's very moving, somewhat reminiscent of "Rainman". Chan's performance has surprising depth to it. It takes a minute to get used to the British voices in the English dubbing--weird to hear Chan & Hung with English accents, although this dubbing job was far less jarring than most of the American dub jobs I've heard. Highly recommend!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film was Jackies first movie that concentrated more on the drama than on the Action. There is still enough action to keep the pace going, but Jackie and Sammo really put their effort into the dramatic scenes.
The movie is about a police officer (Jackie) burdened with the responsibility of taking care of his mentally retarded older brother (Sammo). Sammo is accidentally caught up in a robbery and is kidnapped, and Jackie must save the day.
The action is good, very good. I really was gobsmacked when Jackie ran up the wall and summersaulted backwards off of it, but the dramatic scenes are just as good. When the theme tune kicks in, the scene is intensified to a point where your eyes feal like somebody is peeling 1000 onions right in front of your face.
I think that this is a quality film and that you should buy it.
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