Fantasy Mission Force (1982)

Synopsis: (From back cover) “In the Japanese theater of war, during WW2, Jackie Chan joins a crack commando unit organized to retake a fortune stolen by the enemy during a bloody raid.  The group is led by the mysterious “Devil Sergeant,” who ruthlessly leads the men through increasingly vicious battles as they near their objective.  But Jackie soon finds himself caught in a deadly double cross, and faces a battle unrivaled in screen violence.  With the lives of hundreds of resistance fighters at stake, Jackie’s forces have no choice—they must prevail.” 

Debbie's Review:  This movie is nothing like what the cover suggests (which is typical of these older re-releases that attempt to cash in on Jackie’s fame). It’s a goofy comedy which, although it has its own kind of screwball charm I suppose, tries way too hard to be funny. It’s got everything from references to Rambo and James Bond, to Nazis to vampires. However, Jackie has three really entertaining scenes in this film, which was the second of three favors he owed to Jimmy Wang Yu in return for helping him escape from Lo Wei and the Hong Kong triads early in his career. Wang is the star of the film, not Jackie, and it also features the beautiful Bridgett Lin. Jackie plays a sort of wandering con-man/thief with a female partner.

His first scene is a hilarious mock-fight with a gigantic Japanese fellow. The sparring match begins with a game of one-up-manship involving who’s got a bigger cigar, followed by a bit of priceless kung-fu clowning. In Jackie’s second scene (very short), he and his female partner try to rob the commando unit, and not only do they walk away empty handed, but Jackie can’t even coax a kiss out of Lin (even by making an adorable pair of fish-lips at her!) In the third, and funniest scene, Jackie winds up fighting a group of ninjas clad in short leopard skins, and it’s not until he accidentally winds up grabbing one by the front of the shirt that he realizes they are women. The series of expressions that cross his face as he explores her shirt are some of the funniest I’ve ever seen!

The final scene, an all-out battle between Jackie and Wang, is surprisingly entertaining, and actually lasts for quite a few minutes. If you are a completist, this one does have some interesting Jackie moments, but the movie as a whole is uneven, silly, and much too violent for a comedy.

Score: 3/10

Reader Reviews

KUNG FU SUPERCOP's Review: Only one way to say this:Amazing film in HK cinema history.So weird its excellent.Jackie Chan is not I reapeat not the star of the film.He is In the film for a couple of scenes but look on the bright side,he fights in the final fight and is the only character besides his buisness partner who does not die.No one know's the realese date.It could be 1979,1982,1984 or 1985.I think its from 1979. The star is not even Wang yu(the killer meteors)It is Brigette lin(police story) The story starts off as the 4 major generals getting caught by the japenese.Then About the choise of people until they choose don wen.Don wen gets his old soldiers to help him.They go through numerous misadventures and they meet Jackie chan a couple of times. Cameo apperance by Adam Cheng.

Score: 8/10

Funky Dragon's Revie:  WOW !!! this movie was so cool.Its one of those movies that are so bad they are great.This is not a Jackie chan movie.Jackie is on the cover but is only in the film for a little bit.But he and his partner are the only ones to live in the movie and jackie gets to have a final fight.The first part of the movie is how the generals got caught by the Japenese.The next part has a man who sings and robs a reataurant its hillarious.then it shows how he meets don wen and the form the fantasy mission force.The next pearson is a criminal who escapes from prison during a fight with a guy.Then it shows Jackie chan and his partner who set up a plan to get money by hiring some lookalike jackie is supossed to wrestle.They start with aa smoking fight.Then the real wrestler comes and Jackie still beats him.They get a run in with the police who is also just a con artist.This movie is hillarious not hillarious because its bad but because its goofy.Next we see a girl and a guy who are also con artists they drink a glass of beer and shoot a pair of womens clothing off.Then they see some guy who knows about them then thay all have a big rumble.then it shows the cop and the girl again.the police con joins the fantasy mission force but promised his girlfriend he would not.So she blows her house up and goes to the place.She ends up joining it too.There are other two guys that join it too.In the movie they get captured by amazon woman and jackie saves them.They also goet! caught in a haunted house and have a big bloody battle for the hostages.But what i dont get is they dont save the generals at the end jackie and his friend runs off.I agree with ??? this would be Rated R for violence,language and some sexual content.But you can still watch it with your kids because it has kiddy humor.It would have gotten a higher rating if jackie was the star.

Score: 8/10

???'s Review: I thought it was a great movie.Ok so Jackie is not the star so what this movie has everything.Ghosts,Comedy,Violence,refrences to James Bond and...Rocky(Yes Rocky) The story is about a team called the fantasy mission force who has to save hostages from the japanese.Jackie is not in the fantasy mission force but he does help them sometimes.He and his partner are the only ones that live through the movie and Jackie does fight with the bad guy at the end.This is not really a kung fu movie but more of a gun movie.Today this movie would be Rated R.The point is watch it if you like movies with lots of action and Comedy and you wont mind if jackie is only in the movie for a little bit.But if you dont then i dont think you should watch it.

Score:9/10 (would have gotten a 10/10 if it was a JC movie.) 

Glen M's Review: Peculiar, that's how I'll describe this see-saw of a movie. Okay, if you watch this movie with high expectations you'll be dissapointed, if you did what I did and read the back of the movie (Jackie Chan and a group of others take on Nazi's), your expectations are a little lower and you are able to enjoy the movie a bit more. As others have mentioned, there's not a whole lot of Jackie in it but that's still okay, I think this was one of those movies he did as a favor to a friend if my mind is correct. This movie's finale is amazing, histerical, and just plain stupid, the main characters are all in a warehouse with something the Nazi's want so the Nazi's are busting in. The Nazi's are all wearing masks that look like a hawk's skull, a cape and they're driving cars from the 70's and 80's (this is supposed to be in WWII). So the Nazi's drive into the place and for some reason this pop song that sounds like the Chinese Beach Boys kicks in as the final battle takes place. *Spoiler* By the end, everyone dies except Jackie, which is dumb because he was hardly in the story so i'll take a point off for that but i'll award another point for the movie having a fatalaty by sword up the butt.

Score: 4/10

Laurie's Review: Well, OK...this one is really weird. But maybe we are missing something here  - a cultural barrier perhaps?

I remember how strange the humor of Monty Python was at first, and how it grew on you after a while (particularly in altered states!).

One fun note - that Chinese Vampire's can only hop, and we get to see that!

This film also has the dubious distinction of making the "Off the Wall" chapter in Hong Kong film guide "Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head" by Hammond & WIlkins.

What little Jackie appears, he is (of course) wonderful, but if you're looking for a Chan film, you'll be disappointed.

BUT...If you're looking for something totally crazy and off the wall and can let go of all expectaions, I think this movie can be alot of fun. I sure laughed!

Part of the low score only reflects the small amount Jackie appears.

Score: 3/10

O Review: Just a few minutes with some nice moves the rest SUCKS* This one is a real sleeping movie and dont drink some coke just to stay awake... it isn't worth it for this one.
Without Jackie I had give this one 0/10 but Jackie doin some nice things so...

Score: 1/10

Joe's Review: I don't know, it wasn't that bad to me. In fact, I haven't seen it for a real long time so I will go do that right now. From what I remember, there's lots of violence, and some comedy. You might hate it, but just hang loose and you might be enjoying it.

Score: 5/10

Brendan's Review: Man, this movie sucks. Ranking alongside NEW FIST OF FURY as having the worst and most incoherent storyline of any movie, EVER, this is crap, in one word. Jackie only appears for about 10-15 minutes, and has one okay fight scene, but it doesn't redeem this "movie". Again, standard kung-fu plot for the time. You notice with these reviews that I don't do much plot discussion-that's because there isn't one in this movie. Was more violent than your average Jackie film, but in reality is not really a Chan flick. Pretty bad.

Score: 3/10

The People's Chan's Review: This is a little old, and Wang Yu is the star, not the Chanster. A few okay fight scenes, but the plot is a total waste of time.

Score: 2.5

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