Bu (Shu Qi) finds a message in a bottle and travels to Hong Kong to see
Albert (Tony Leung) in the search for love, but things take a different
direction when she meets CN Chan (Jackie, of course!).
Added to this love story is LW (Emil Chow) who is CN’s friendly
rival – who arranges a match or two with Alan (Brad Allen).
Review: So many things can be said of this film…it’s totally unlike
anything the star has produced before.
It’s a full-on romance, heavy on comedy – but Chan plays it
straighter than ever, has no Big Stunt, no real bad guys, nobody wants
to kill anybody else, and all of the protagonists are respectful,
considerate and civil. Chan allows himself to get upstaged in every department –
Tony Leung and Emil Chow provide the laughs (as does as a cameo
appearance by Chow Sing Chi), Leung and Qi give reasonably good acting
performances, and Brad Allen provides the thrills.
Maybe that’s being unfair to Jackie, as he does pull off some
excellent moves as usual, but no one can take away Brad Allen’s
jaw-dropping antics in his two scenes with Jackie.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that the re-match between the
two fighters near the end of the movie is one of my all-time favourites!
It has such profound unspoken dialogue, excellent pace,
choreography and provides Jackie’s only comic moment (that
incidentally nods a head at Jackie’s “Emotional Kung-Fu” moment in
Fearless Hyena made twenty years ago!).
It’s also quite lengthy, giving the viewer plenty of time to
a oddity in the whole Jackie Chan catalogue, but if you fancy a change
of pace, the non-lethal and quite shockingly fresh mix is certainly
worth a look.
final point: In the west,
the rights to this movie are currently held by Columbia Tristar.
As with Who Am I, they saw fit to remove whopping great chunks of
this movie in order to please the general public and anger every fan.
The Hong Kong DVD, however, has almost all of the extras that the
US version has – with the exception of the audio commentary and
isolated score. In
addition, it has Jackie and Vincent Kok answering a series of questions
(in which the latter describes Shu Qi as “Very moody and
temperamental. And quite a
brat ”. Shock!
Horror!), a music video and a press conference.
And if you’re worried about the quality of the subtitles, it
has the best I’ve seen so far in Hong Kong discs.
There’s no reason not to go for it!
7 ½ /10
Fox's Review: This isn't a
"typical" Jackie Chan movie where the story lets him get into
conflicts with bad guys. Instead, the focus is on the relationship
between Jackie Chan and Shu Qi. Gorgeous is a mix of romantic comedy and
action, and the result is amazing. The director Vincent Kut Tak-chiu has
done a greet job, and so has Jackie Chan as an actor, producer and
writer. It's actually a good thing that Gorgeous don't have so many
fighting scenes because then the focus wouldn't be on the love story.
Gorgeous is one of Jackie Chan's greatest work in his career, and
considering all the high quality movies he has made, that means that
this is a future Jackie Chan classic.
Fan1986's Review: Screw all you people that knock this movie.
The fights against Brad Allen are some of the best of any Jackie
movie,as far as one on one goes. This is a fantastic movie, I'll even go
as far as to say that it is one of my top 5 of his. The story is good,
the acting is good, and Hsu Chi is beautiful. This is a fun lighthearted
movie with no violence, and it shows how great of a fighter little known
Brad Allen really is. Buy this movie, along with DM1,
DM2,Supercop,Project A, Miracles, and, of course, Young Master.
Score: 9,maybe 9.5/10
Corey Gonzalez's Review:They dubb the
movie a white guy voice they could of at least gave him a chinese
voice.but the fight at the end with his real life body guard was grate
hes pretty good jackie u better watch him he might think about taking
over ur fame.how do i send a message to jackie if any of even read these
things we right. i bet jackie doesnt even read these so wat do we rigth
them for oh so we can think were righting to jackie him self or even may
be some one gives it to him but i no its just to make every one think
that SO IF WE WRITE U SHOULD RIGHT BACK JACKIE but i still got to give
it up to jackie hes grate oh and if ur reading this did u really play a
stunt man in fist of fury with bruce lee thats all i got to say but
maybe u could get ur but on the computer and write some of us every now
and then we not ur fans for nothing
[Corey, Jackie doesn't see our
reviews. This is just a fan site, I don't actually know Jackie, nor have
I ever received a letter from him. Try visiting his official site, Jackie-Chan.com.
Maybe you can contact him there. And yes, Jackie was a stunt man in Fist
Review: I absoloutley love basically every chan film hes made that ive
actually seen(about 35) but this was horrible the only reason i kept
watching it was for the battles with his australian stunt man Brad Allen
and they were only mediocre to a Chan Standard. Instead of this get a
real Jackie CHan action film eg Police Story or Project A. i know that
Jackie was tryin something a bit different but it if u really want to
see this movie rent it.
Gregory's Review: Wow. Shu Qi is more
beautiful than anything I've seen this week and I have seen some very
beautiful things. So there's not so much fighting in this movie, that
doesn't matter! This movie is almost as beautiful as Shu Qi. The fights
are not nasty, the atmosphere is light and dreamy, The fights that
Jackie does have are spectacular, funny and amazing to watch. Just like
everything else Jackie Chan does. Thank you Jackie for weaving your
magic once again. I am grateful to have this movie that is so suitable
for sharing with my five year old son (who loves Jackie Chan to bits).
P.S. did I say Shu Qi was cute?
Review: I have seen every single movie jackie chan have ever appeared
in(for real!). I am a crazed chan fan and I think Gorgeous is one of his
best works. I especially like the training sequence with nice & soft
background music. Although the stunt scene with Brad Allan is overrated
(Its more like a one on one boxing match rather than the usual Jacky
style fight) the fight scene has some very funny moments when *spoiler*
Jackie is dancing with Brad (good talent by both actors). Even though
this movie is not full of action and even though action-stunt-comedy
combination is all i look for in a chan film, i really liked this movie
because of the setting, direction and acting. I also like the motorcyle
fight with the baseball bats (cool trick). This film gives brad allan a
chance to act which he does pretty well, makes you think of jackie chan
when he used to act with other famous actors when he was young (like
bruce lee). could Brad Allan be the next Jackie Chan?......Naah!
Go Player's Review: This film is probably the most controversial JC film
of all... It's totally different from anything that I've been seeing. It
probably has the best story line for a JC movie. It's full of romance,
nobody wanna kill each other, and very satisfying happy ending. If you
were looking for big stunts in this movie, you better look for something
else. If you are looking for a good fight scene, you are in a right
place. There are two major fighting scene in this film. Both are JC vs
Brad Allen, and they are extremely good. Brad Allen is very impresive
martial artist, and his quick movements reminds me of Jet Li in his
younger days (and they are both short...). It seems like there are few
wire works, but it's not really obvious. Overall, it's a good movie to
watch, but I tell you. It's different. That's all I can say.
HERVEY TAYLOR's Review: Let me
start by saying that if anyone watches this movie, you must go into it
with an open mind. It's different than anything Chan has ever done. But
it is no "Miracles" or "Crime Story" or even
"Island of Fire"
Yet "Goreous" is Chan in a different, light hearted type of
way. I think that Jackie expressed himself in a uniquely different
manner in this film.
Before I saw it I had heard many things on the fans web sites. I didn't
know what to expect. But when I finally did catch it on satelite STARZ
network, I was highly amazed. This movie has a beauty to it that lets
you know that Chan can act, choreograph and appeal to his female
audience while still maintaining good fights.
There is no big stunts because this is a different film. But the fights
And Chan lets everybody know what happens to yourself when you stop
He's really a good actor and martial artist, but he shows that even
though he's the star of the show, he doesn't have to be the toughest or
win the fight every time. (Can anyone say Stephen Segal?)
This movie is pure entertainment. However the violent/ bone breaking
martial arts lovers will be let down.
Oh, the plot seems to be something everyone complains about too. But do
you want to see Chan or a Forest Gump Oscar Nominee?
I just say that it's a nice subtle change for Chan, and it delivers in
acting and fighting.
FLiXD's Review: As an action/comedy
movie it lacks action, and tries to be too serious to be funny - as a
romance, it's even worse. There's absolutely NO chemistry between Jackie
and Shu Qi. My least favourite JC movie, and that's including Master
with Cracked Fingers. Pure bilge, worthy of Hollywood at its most
Review: Guys...listen. If your girl doesn't like Jackie Chan, tell her
you have a great romance movie you wanna watch with her, and pop in
Gorgeous. This has the action scenes for the guys, and it has the
romance and goo goo stuff for the girls. Everyone is happy when you
Nicky's Review: gorgeous..
one of Jackie's serious movies.
not enough action but the last fight is absolutely amazing and their
dancing is cool ;)
This as well thumbs up, the kissing scences thumbs down. Great 1.5 hour
movie that is one of the PG movies but it is obvious that they are using
the same stuntmen for nearly all the movies. [ed. note: Psssst,
Manny...that would be the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. They're in all
Jackie's movies. Debbie]
J's Review: After the success of Rush Hour in 1998 when
Jackie's star status suddenly rocketed through the stratosphere, I was
really looking forward to how his HK work would turn out given his new
found commercial success.
Watching Gorgeous, I have to say I was disappointed. This was a sudden
and dramatic departure from the type of Jackie film I fell in love with
and to be honest, I wasn't prepared.
I would consider myself a pretty romantic guy and I like romantic films
(When Harry met Sally is one of my all-time favourite flicks) but when a
film like Gorgeous is so reliant on the romance angle, it has to
deliver, but this fails miserably, with cliched, corny dialogue and
unbelievable characters from Jackie and Shu Qi. The fact she is young
enough to be his daughter does not play well. I am no prude but this
would have been far more believable with a woman more of Jackie's age.
To be honest he loooked uncomfortable with the romance scenes with Shu
Qi, almost as if he knew it was going to look like he was a sugar daddy.
The sickeningly sweet score does not help either, the song played over
the training scene was nauseating in the extreme. (also, why were parts
of the training scene sped up? It looked ridiculous at times with
Jackie's arms ablurr)
Its not all bad however. There are some nice moments of comedy and the
appearance of Emil Chow is always welcome, but the star of the show (and
that includes Jackie) is Brad Allen.
For a short, slightly built guy, he has remarkable presence, what few
lines he has are delivered well and his martial arts ability is, well,
bloody amazing! He looks and moves rather like a western version of Yuen
Biao, his agility and speed are truly remarkable and two fight scenes he
has with Jackie are long, expertly choreographed affairs - nice.
Both Gorgeous and his next HK installment - Accidental Spy have been
indications of Jackie's attempt to move away from his traditional action
heavy flicks in other genres, and whilst both have their moments, they
also have serious flaws that, for me, detract from the viewing
experience. However, I do not begrudge Jackie this, it is only natural
that he would alter his approach given his increasing age and overworked
physique. These faltering steps show that there is more to be done
before I can enjoy this sort of film on the same level as his
ones, but kudos should be given for trying, and besides as already
mentioned we get two fantastic one-on-one fights in there. Brad is
definitely the most worthy opponent since Benny "the Jet".
Gorgeous? Far from it.
Storm of JC's Review: Meant to be a
love story, I have to say that this one missed the target!
The poor plot is toped by the fact that Jackie's rival actually wants to
kill him in the beginning and in the end (after a short heart-to-heart
talk) they are friends (!) again.
I guess, just half of Jackie's passion for planning his action scenes
used for the plot would have made this a lot better movie.
5 points for two excellent fights (Brad Allan seriously kicks Jackie's
Mason's Review: If you've seen this movie already, then you know
it's worth seeing at least once more, if not four or five! It's a nice love story, the two fight scenes are tasteful and
impressive. However, one
thing in this movie does not work for me, and that is a love between 45
year old CN and this 18 year old (hopefully 18) ingenue.
Give me a break, the story writer needed to work a little harder.
Yet stellar performances were turned in by Jackie, Brad Allen, et
Laura's Review: You can see from this this movie that love has no age limits. The
fight scenes were spectacular. The fighting between Jackie and Brad Allen left me holding on to my seat screaming"" Go
Jackie, Knock his head off. Kill Him" The scene with Brad Allen fighting Jackie in the warehouse was more exciting than a football game. I give it 3 star because the underwater kiss was doing a little too much on the age gap. I think Jackie's co-host was just too young. I know Jackie is a person of many surprises but I'm sure that he didn't pick her at least I hope so. The script writer should have made her older than 18 years old. They should have made her at least a little younger than
Jon Tu's Review: This movie was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
This is without a doubt my most favorite of all!!!!!
I hope that a lot of people see this movie!
They'll love it!!!!!!!!!!!
"Biggest Fan"s Review: I think that everyone was wrong about the movie. I thought it was a great movie. It doesn't matter what age they are as long as they acted good. I mean nowadays there's
a lot of older guys with younger women. But that doesn't mean that I don't think that the kiss was a little overboard because he does have a wife. Also, he could have played a younger man in the movie 'cause he does look alot younger than he is. So, this was a wonderful movie
especially the action scenes with him fighting Brad
JV's Review: This is a good movie , in this film is their good action and
comedie. Jackie ruuuuuuuuullllllleeeeeeeesssss!!!!
Brendan's Review: I finally watched this movie today. It's very different to Jackie's standard fare, and the full-on romance angle might be a little too much for hardcore Chan fans. I only saw the US version, which is the only one I could find. The fights with Brad Allen are great as well- some of the best of Jackie's career. This is a little unusual for Jackie, but is worth a look if you van handle something that is different to the