By: Aaron McGuire, staff writer
Jackie Chan is back! After a series of dramatic roles and some minor roles, Jackie Chan decided to make another big action movie called Armour of God 3: Chinese Zodiac, set to be released Dec.12th, where he returns as his old character Asian Hawk to find the 12 heads of the Chinese zodiac. This movie has been hyped for several years but a lot of people don’t know about the original movie, Armour of God.
In Armour of God, Jackie’s character Asian Hawk with the help of his friends Alan (Alan Tam) and May (Lola Forner) have to rescue Alan’s girlfriend, Lorelei (Rosamund Kwan) from a group who wants Asian Hawk to give them the Armour of God in return for Lorelei.
Armour of God was Jackie’s biggest hit in Hong Kong and the third highest grossing Hong Kong film of all time. Some fans even call it the best. This movie is also well known as the movie the Jackie Chan almost died in. In a stunt where he jumped from a wall to a tree to another wall, Jackie falls from the tree 15 feet onto his head. From this accident, he cracked his skull and had to have brain surgery. To this day, he has a plastic plug in his skull. The cast has a lot of different people involved. Alan Tam is a singer, Lola Forner is a Spanish model, and Rosamund Kwan is a Hong Kong actress.
There is an American release of this movie that is cut by 15 minutes, has an English dubbing, and changed the music which ruins the movie. They also rated it R for reasons unknown. If you want to watch this movie, watch the original uncut PG-13 Hong Kong version in Cantonese with English subtitles. You might not want to keep reading the English subtitles, but it’s better than listening an English dub that practically ruins the whole movie.
Overall this movie is really exciting, fun, and action-packed movie that has some of the best fight scenes I’ve seen. This movie has a great opening, but make sure you keep watching for the outtakes.
Hong Kong Version: 10 out of 10
English Version: 5 out of 10