Armour of God (1986)
aka Operation Condor 2

Synopsis:  A group of Italian monks intent on ruling the world are searching for the mysterious "Armour of God:" five pieces of medieval armor which were used by the Crusaders in their search for the Holy Grail. Two of the pieces are already in the monksí possession, and the other three have recently been acquired, at some considerable trouble, by the Asian Hawk (Jackie, playing a sort of economy sized Indiana Jones). But before the monks can reach the armor, it is sold at auction to a millionaire art collector. So the monks kidnap Hawkís former girlfriend, who is now involved with his former best friend, and hold her hostage until he delivers the remaining pieces of armor.

Debbieís Review:  This film was a phenomenal success for Jackie in Asia, breaking all box-office records and becoming one of Hong Kong's highest grossing films of the 80s. This is also the film that almost killed him.  Early in the film he does a minor stunt in which he jumps from one castle wall, grabs a tree branch and swings to another wall. The first take went fine, but Jackie, ever the perfectionist, didnít like the way the landing looked. So he decided to do another take, which as it turned out, was a big mistake. The branch broke this time, plunging him about 30 feet to land head first on a rock, fracturing his skull and driving a bone fragment into his brain. Emergency brain surgery saved his life, but to this day he has a plastic plate in his head that vibrates when he hums. If youíre ever lucky enough to meet him, ask nicely and he might let you put your finger in the hole. Ask loud, though, because he canít hear too well out of that right ear any more. 

The publicity from the accident probably didnít hurt the box-office returns any, nevertheless Armour of God is a hugely entertaining film, with lots of thrilling stunts and high-tech action, and goofy 80s style humor. It also has a great cast, with Lola Forner and pop idol Alan Tam as Jackieís side-kicks, and Rosamund Kwan as the ex-girlfriend. I have to admit it grinds down a bit in the middle, but it kicks back into high gear for the ending, with Jackie taking on a few dozen monks, and then defending himself against four suspiciously masculine-looking Amazon warrior women. Both fights are thrilling and hilarious. 

Then for the big finale, and just to prove that a little thing like a near-fatal accident wasnít going to make a quivering sissy out of him, he jumps off a cliff onto an airborne hot air balloon (at least thatís how it looked from where I was sitting). 

Score: 8/10


Reader Reviews

Fox's Review: Armour of God wasn't as good that I thought it would be, mainly because the story isn't that interesting. Jackie Chan has to trade parts of the armour of God to get his kidnapped ex-girlfriend back. He, Alan Tam and Lola Forner ends up in a castle with munks (who is the kidnappers) where they are gonna rescue Rosamund Kwan. But sadly, the coreography of the few fighting scenes isn't of the usual Jackie Chan standard. You never think "Wow, that was truly amazing" or something like that. Not even the two last fighting scenes where Jackie Chan takes on a couple of dozen munks and four masculin women is something to cheer about. I have critizied Armour of God quite a lot, but it is actually a good movie. It's just that Jackie Chan has made a whole lot better movies.

Score: 6/10

Troy Bradley's Review: I loved this movie. I only started getting into Jackie about 4 years ago, and this was one of the first of his movies I'd seen. I was laughing through the entire thing. I would have to say my two favourite parts were at the beginning, with the rubber ball down the mountain, and the giant fan fight seen. I found it interesting that it only made it to North America in 1995 or so (not sure on the EXACT date), but was made in 1991. Anyway, great movie, great fight scenes. A must see.

Score: 10/10

Anonymous Review: Oh man!! I can't believe Jackie survived from such a bad accident. But anyway I'm glad he did & lucky he weren't paralysed or anything. This is one of my best JC FILMS. I quite like the car-chase in the middle of the film with some good stunts. In the end of the film Jackie really did some good fighting especially fighting with those Karate womens. I quite enjoyed that scene. I thought there were alot of music in that film but I quite liked it. Worth getting this movie.

Score: 8/10

Philip the13 year old Chan fan's Review: This is one of my personal favourite Jackie Chan films. the action has a good tempo and the fight at the end is superb. the comedy comes thick and fast, and as for the car chase... the big jump is absolutely superb. all in all. go to your local supermarket and buy this film. one you have to see to believe.

Score: 10/10

Drunken Review Master's Review: When I rented this movie it confused me becausen the box said "Operation Condor 2:Armour of Gods" I thought it was a sequel to Operation Condor but it wasn't so don't be confused like me. Any way when I saw it it didn't get me like Operation Condor did. I mean there cool stunts and music but the spanish woman and the singer and all those evil monks I thought it was kind of dumb, not to mention in my opinion a very overrated fight between Jackie,the monks,and the amazon women. All in all I thought after seeing the whole movie I agreed Operation Condor was more my action.

Score: 6/10

Glen M's Review: This film mostly showcases Jackie's talents in action and drama as they sort of left comedy a bit behind. I found it to be sorta slow in the middle but that final fight with the black women made up for it, holy! They are fast! (was I the only one who had a nightmare with them in it after watching the film, lol). I'd have to reccomend renting it first then buying it just to be safe.

PS. Love Jackie's song at the end of the movie during credits.

Score: 8.5/10

Tine's Review: I love Jackie!!! And I love this movie!!! it's so funny! And the fights are great! That's all I can say about!

Score: 10/10

James's Review: A very under-rated Chan film. Some brilliant fight sequences, choreography, well-done screwball comedy and some very memorable stuntwork. The Indiana Jones-style action adventure plot and general style of the film also helps make it a really fun, enjoyable ride.The music score is also well-placed and perfectly suits the overall mood and feel of the film.Definitely among the man's very best efforts.

Score: 9/10

Joe Cool's Review: A good film from Jackie, nothing brilliant or ground-breaking, but enjoyable nonetheless. Some very good fights, and a good adventure feel to the film.

Score: 8/10

Storm of JC's Review: Anything I can say about this movie is that it's just extra-ordinary.
Who wonders actually that this is among Jackie's best, for it was partly shot in my hometown (Graz)!

Score: 10/10

OJJE,S Review: I think that this movie is a really good movie the action is better than ilike it when chan is in the car chase it is exicting wacthing it . And this is my first jackie movie I've seen where he gets that big injury jumping on the tree my favorite part is when he is jumping from a high moutain to a hot air ballon. Great stuff from Chan the man worth seeing this any time.

Score: 8/10

Nikola Nikolov's Review: It`s my favourite film .... I love Jackie his my idol !!!!!!!!!!!I`d love to have this film..

Score: 10/10

Amy's Review: I actually rented this movie to see the outtakes including the scene that almost killed him. By the time the credits rolled around, I almost forgot about the outtakes! I love this movie! Notice how his hair is shorter at the beginning? He had to grow it out after the accident to cover the hole in his head! This is on my to-buy list!
AND, the dubbing wasn't that bad, either!

Score: 9/10

JC biggest fan's Review: this movie is one of Jacke Chan's best I mean best.

Score: 10/10

Chan Fan's Review: THE BEST CHAN FLICK EVER! Excellent from every angle, the fights the stunts the humour.

Score: 10/10

Steven Richardson's Review: This is the best J.C. film I have seen to date along with Thunderbolt which is also amazing. It's funny, brilliant soundtrack, brilliant fight scenes. Also the film that introduced me to Jackie. Watch it now- it's one of his best.

Score: 10/10

Peter A's Review:  Watch this movie- it is probably Jackie's second best after Project A. This film nearly killed Jackie, and keep that in mind when watching the truly awesome action and stunts of this film.

Score: 9/10

Joe's Review: The more I watch it, the more I like it. Too bad that Lola Forner is butt-ugly. Middle is slow, but the car chase (which is the best Chan car chase) and the end is worth it. 

Score: 7/10

 

Salim's Review: Ok, I am totally upset by the fact that Armour Of God was only given 8/10, why? Because it is my favourite ever Chan film along with Wheels On Meals. I mean, yeah, there are only 2 fight scenes, but they are SO awesome, and the stunts are just amazing. Personally, I don't think Lola Forner is ugly, I thought there would be a romantic scene between her and Jackie after saving Laura, but I am glad there wasn't, because what they did instead of that made me laugh SO much. Jackie changed it from the normal style of movies where the hero kisses the girl, instead he says ""The whore again?"" That was a totally awesome idea. 

Secondly about the film, no-one can forget some of my favourite lines ever in a Jackie Chan film, where the religious leader asks Hawk what religion he believes in, and he replies by saying that the name of his god is money. 

Thirdly, the film has a brilliant soundtrack ( the Chinese version, the English songs are a bit dodgy ) even though I can't understand a word of the songs in there. 

Fourthly, well, the last fight. HOW good were they. I mean the monk fight, despite how short it is, is possibly my favourite scene ever in ANY film, rivaling with the Chan vs Benny fight in Wheels On Meals and the Chan vs Ken Lo fight in Drunken Master 2, the fight is just so brilliantly done. The fight between him and the Amazonian women is brilliant as well, especially due to the fact that he holds back during the whole fight because they are women, but finally when one of the women gets her heel stuck in the gap, a really proud smile grows on his face and he kicks and punches her as hard as he can. ( please everyone, watch this scene multiple times on your VCR's, it makes you laugh more and more each time). 

TO conclude, I would like to say, PLEASE, everyone who has this film, don't just leave it in the corner to gather dust just because it has only 2 fight scenes, this really is one of Jackie's greatest films, well, to correct myself, one of THE greatest films ever made. And if you are really a Jackie Chan fan like myself, you will enjoy even the parts when he is talking because he is just so funny. Thanks very much for reading this.

Score:10/10

Brendan's Review: This is my FAVOURITE Jackie Chan movie.

I love every aspect of this film. The action is great, the fights are shot brilliantly, the stunts are great, and ACTUALLY LOOK DANGEROUS, seeing as they actually were for Jackie.

Plot based on Indian Jones, which is a good thing.

If you love Chan and haven't caught this one yet, go see it -now!!!!

Score: 9/10

The Drunken Master's Review: Armour of God, recently released in the US as Operation Condor 2, is one of Jackie's best films ever! Just because there aren't many fights doesn't mean it's a bad movie, I mean, c'mon! Keep this one out there on the shelf, shiny as the Armour of God. Jackie is definately trying his hardest, and those god darned people at Dimension actually kept in the outtake when Jackie almost died! God, it's horrid. But the film is great, so don't miss out!

Score: 10/10

Adam JC fan's Review: This was the movie that almost killed Jackie Chan, when he was doing a stunt to jump into the tree and the branch broke. A piece of his skull was lodged into his head. He immediately had surgery. This movie was pretty good. The best parts of the movie was when Jackie fights the four women and when he jumps on the top of the hot air balloon. 

Score: 7.5/10

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