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The Medallion [Aug. 24th, 2003|02:21 am]
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I have a crush on Jackie Chan. I admit it. So I went to see The Medallion after my usual breakfast in Chinatown.
It's...well...it has wonderful scenes of pure brilliance, but then other scenes are...not so good. There seem to be more special effects in this movie than in other Jackie Chan movies. And that's sad, in a way...we're being Matrixed and Crouching Tigered to the point where the filmmakers think we don't want to see simple kung fu action anymore...and we do.

Jackie is lovely in this, as ever...but he's 50 next year and it's starting to show. Still, there are marvelous, comedic scenes where he makes fun of himself (including one jibe that he's "not as young as he used to be"). I also love how polite Jackie is; he can somersault over a dining couple's table in hot pursuit of a bad guy...but he never fails to apologise or say "excuse me."

And...the one thing I absolutely adore about Jackie Chan movies...there's always a marketplace scene. There's always a scene showing a bustling market full of foodstands, live chickens and fish, exotic vegetables and...oh! Everytime I see a Jackie Chan movie, I vow anew to visit Hong Kong, at least. I could have some serious fun wandering about the market that's shown in the opening scenes of this film.

It's no Drunken Master, but it's okay...just don't pay full price to see it.

Oh, and I don't care how lame or dorky it is...I've just decided that Jackie's on my list, instead of Winston Chao, and that's the end of it.
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[User Picture]From: kteeski
2003-08-24 06:15 am (UTC)
I saw a review of it the other night on the news and they mentioned how ridiculous the Matrix-like stuff was...
But with every movie that I've seen with a favourite actor in it that got bad reviews...there is always something forgiving.

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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-08-24 08:10 am (UTC)
Right...

Like that What a Girl Wants...how bad could it be with Colin Firth in it?
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[User Picture]From: kteeski
2003-08-24 08:15 am (UTC)
I know, or some of the John Cusack movies I've seen.
I'd pay to see either of those men tie their shoes for 2 hours.
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[User Picture]From: jayasankarvs
2003-08-24 11:13 pm (UTC)
Jackie is God. A polite, well-mannered, funny God. And I totally endorse that part about us being Matrixed and Hidden Dragoned to no end.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-08-24 11:58 pm (UTC)
He is such a gentleman...

And thank you...In parts of this I was longing for the simpler Jackie...even like the one in Shanghai Knights, where he does his little homage to Gene Kelly...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-08-27 07:27 am (UTC)
You mean there's someone out there who doesn't have a crush on Jackie Chan?

There was a bit of that special effects crap in "The Tuxedo" and not nearly enough straight kung fu. But there is a scene where he's working the swords that was hot.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-08-27 12:22 pm (UTC)
Guys don't think girls like him. Dave and I were talking about it, and he's like, you're probably the only woman who'd put him on your list...and I told him about his 10,000-member fan club in Asia and the girl who tried to commit suicide when she found out he was married...

Oh, yeah. He's got...charisma. I go for charisma in a big way...if you look at my list...yeah. Jackie, Markku, Breckin...that's what they have in common! Charisma!

I need to see The Tuxedo...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-08-28 07:28 am (UTC)
He seems like one of the sweetest people on the face of the planet. And when he grows his hair out... whoa, mama... Plus, there's just something about martial artists... He's on my list.

"The Tuxedo" was very... eh overall. But the scene with James Brown is worth it. A friend took me to see it when it came out, and we were howling at that part.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-08-28 07:47 am (UTC)
I love that he looks good with long or short hair.

I just have a thing for Asians. I always have had, but I don't go on about it much; it seems a bit, I dunno...wrong to fancy one race over others some how, when it's a different one. Not sure why; maybe because it smacks of White Man's Burden? But even in high school...I thought the Asian guys were yummy.
Thing is, usually they don't tend to date "our kind." They have family expectations to fulfill, and they are strongly encouraged to marry Asian women. Men carry on the line, etc. You'll notice the girls are free to date whomever they want...you always see Asian women with white men, but rarely the opposite. Oh, it happens (heck, I should talk!)...but not as often as the other way round. Even in this day and age.

Another reason I crush so on dear Jackie. He likes Caucasian women!
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-09-02 06:16 am (UTC)
As per usual, I'm with you on this one. Asian guys are hot. I mean, I don't think those J-Pop bands are getting by on their talent (Teru from Glay = Hubba).
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-02 06:36 am (UTC)
Do not get into Hong Kong Cinema. You will never leave the house...

As if I didn't have enough problems, now I have a crush on Stephen Chow...especially at the end of God of Cookery when his hair's gone grey...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-09-02 07:24 am (UTC)
Chow Yun-Fatt. That's all I'm saying.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-02 07:45 am (UTC)
You know it's bad when you watch a Jackie Chan movie and start noticing that the bad guys are cute, too...
Oooh, and for the "classics"...Winston Chao. Man, I can't wait for my DVD copy of Flower Drum Song</i>...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-09-02 11:26 am (UTC)
In North American cinema, at least, the bad guys usually are the cute ones.

I forgot: Tony Leung. *homer-esque drooling*
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-02 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes...He's in the other movie I got this weekend. Dorea's mad for him as well...I like him...but for some reason he didn't do it for me as much as Stephen Chow did. Maybe I need to see him in something else...
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2003-09-03 05:37 am (UTC)
The clips I've seen from "In the Mood for Love"... muaaahhhaaahaaaa...

Another: Toshiro Mifune with shave and a haircut. Good god.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-08-31 06:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. I bought it used this weekend.

I actually lost it at: "My name's Tong...James Tong..."

Yeah. I'm easy. But ew. Bugs.
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