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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun film for women who usually dislike action., March 9, 2000
This review is from: Twin Dragons [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is one of my favorite Chan movies. The whole film is played for laughs using the classic plot line of twins separated at birth who are reunited by accident as adults. The twins mix identities in many scenes leading to fish-out-of-water humor. I particularly enjoyed the scene in which the street-tough twin, Boomer, conducts an orchestra as a stand-in for the famed-musician twin, John Ma. Through his tremendous energy (and acrobatics), Boomer inspires a tepid orchestra to musical heights it has never known before. Another really funny scene is the battle in the Mitsubishi testing factory at the climax. Here, the theme of the twins-acting-as-one, which has brought laughs throughout the film, reaches its manic peak as Boomer helps martial-arts-impaired John Ma take down the villain. Both of these scenes, especially the one in the factory, are so hilarious, my kids and I were slapping each other on the back and howling with laughter.
For those who love Jackie's stunts, there are some amazing ones in this movie. One in particular blew me away: when he leaps through the window of a car feet first.
I also like very much that in Twin Dragons the women aren't just objects to be rescued from the villain, as happens with such annoying predictability in most action films. Instead, in this movie, something I've never seen before in quite this way, the rescue-object is Boomer's ridiculous male best-friend, a scrawny fool who's always in trouble, because he's addicted to baiting bad guys. Because Boomer's pal is such a manipulative little jerk, the audience can freely enjoy it when he frequently gets his comeuppance in the form of dumped-on-the-rear slapstick.
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Kate McMurry
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