Jackie plays Billy Wong, a New York city policeman whose partner is
killed on duty. He is assigned a new partner (Danny Aiello, in what has
to be the worst pairing in movie history) and given a dud assignment
guarding a millionaire’s daughter against kidnappers, because of the
reckless manner in which he went after his partner’s killers. I have
to admit, I don’t fully understand the plot, but Wong and Garoni
(Aiello) end up chasing the kidnappers all the way to Hong Kong, where
Garoni ends up being taken prisoner as well, so now Wong must save both
his new partner and the millionaire’s daughter.
Debbie's Review: Whether you like or hate this movie will
probably depend on whether you watch the original American, or the Hong
Kong version first. The American version was directed by James
Glickenhaus, who also directed Bruce
Lee in Return of the Dragon. The dialogue and the fights
are geared to make Jackie look like a scary, tough guy, but it just
doesn’t work. The fights are badly staged, and amateurish looking, and
the dialogue…well, let’s just say that no actor on earth could have
done much with lines like “Discretion is my middle name,” but when
you throw in Jackie’s barely intelligible English, the results are
just laughable. On the positive side, you DO get to hear Jackie use the
“F” word for the only time in his career (well, okay…until
“Burn, Hollywood, Burn,” but who’s ever gonna see THAT one?). But
the American version is vulgar, tasteless and just plain stupid.
The Hong Kong version, on the other hand, was
reworked by Jackie after he went back home. He cut out most of the senseless
nudity, and re-shot many of the fight scenes, making them much tighter
and realistic-looking. The big fight between Jackie and Bill
“Superfoot” Wallace, which was flaccid and fake looking in the
American version is now taut and exciting. He also added a sub-plot
involving a pretty girl, but unfortunately I can’t tell you what it
is, because my HK version is dubbed in Cantonese/Mandarin and doesn’t
have any subtitles! And even at that, it’s still a better film than
the US one. Jackie also added one completely new fight in a work-out
room against two male dancers. He uses the weight lifting equipment as
weapons in a really clever, funny scene that’s much too short.
And because it’s dubbed into Jackie’s native language, his
acting seems much better, making him totally believable as a tough,
So, my recommendation is: if you can only afford
one copy of this movie, try to get the HK version (with subtitles if you
can find it!) But if you can get hold of both copies, it’s fun to
compare the two versions, to see how much a little editing and some
dubbing can do for a film!
American version: Score 3/10
Hong Kong version: Score 5/10
Anonymous's Review: The hongkong
version of this film is preedy good with great martial arts scenes. By
the way Debbie, the director of the american version james glickenhaus
whas noth the director of bruce lee's return of the dragon that film
whas both written and directed by bruce himself. [Err, yeah, I knew
that. I was just testing you guys. - Debbie]
Review: I've only seen the U.S version, but it's absolutly wonderful
fun! The whole thing is just hilarious! Hearing Jackie say something to
the effect of 'I don't want your money, I want your ass!' is making me
laugh just thinking about it, and if Jackie walking into a lab full of
naked chicks doesn't make you smile, than you're too serious! I guess
you have to be lover of bad movie to appreciate it...
Review: I didnt see the HK version but there arent so much things to say
about American version, the film is terrible the only 2 enjoyable
things are JC's fight scenes and counting his jackets in the film ,more
than 6 :)
Master's Review: Recently, I rented this film. It cost me $.99.
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!
This film is without a doubt Jackie's worst. Poor Jackie, darn the Americans! Oh yeah, that's us. Never mind.
Buy the HK version.
Aww, c'mon, DM...it ain't THAT bad,
Joe's Review: I have only seen the American
version, but to Debbie I think the girl is the one is from The Killer.
Sally something I think. anyways, bad movie with some decent stuff once
in a while.
Adam's Review: I bought the Hong Kong Version and was very pleased. I previously went crazy on watching Jackie's early stuff, so seeing him in an 80's American movie was cool. I like the feel of the movie. Has a rich 80's feel to it. Jackie went back and redid the nasty
bits (have yet to see the American version). Because I have the HK version I didn't hear any of Jackie's foul speach, but
I saw him mouth it, and that made me chuckle. I really liked this