Black Dragon

Black Dragon movie

Black Dragon

Jackie Plays A Country Boy Who Rescues A Gang Boss. Jackiebecomes The Head Of A Gang Through The Purchase Of Some Luckyroses From An Old Lady. Jackie And A Singer At The Gang’Snightclub Try To Do A Good Deed For The Old Rose-Seller When Herdaughter Comes To Visit, All This While Battling A Rival Gang.Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, and set in 1930s Hong Kong, Miracles is a gangster film that is equal parts comedy and action film, with a touch of melodrama thrown in for good measure. Chan stars as a young man who rescues a dying crime boss in 1930s Hong Kong. When the boss passes away, he is tapped to become the new leader. He attributes his good luck to an old rose seller and the roses he buys off of her. To pay her back for all of his good fortune, he helps her pretend to be a wealthy socialite, just as she had described herself in letters to her daughter in order to help impress her daughter’s wealthy fiancĂ© and not queer their upcoming marriage. The plot is lifted from Frank Capra’s Lady for a Day (1933), which Capra remade in 1961 as Pocketful of Miracles. Of course, like all Jackie Chan films, this movie contains more–and more innovative–fight scenes than Capra could ever dream of. Two set pieces in particular are stunning: A big fight in a restaurant and the final battle in the warehouse of a rope factory. Along the way, Chan throws in a musical number inspired by Busby Berkeley and a whole lotta heart, making this a well-rounded and entertaining film, which Chan himself has allegedly referred to as his favorite. –Andy Spletzer

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I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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3 Responses to Black Dragon

  1. Sylo "Sylo" says:

    The Miracle is how great this film is. Does anyone here know how to read? It clearly states that this version contains BOTH the subtitled and the dubbed version. If you don’t want to read the subtitles, it contained a dubbed english version. How hard is it to realize this? Before you complain, why don’t you read the back of the box.

  2. louieart@webjogger.net says:

    This is Jackie Chan’s most complete film. I saw this film 10 years ago in the local Chinatown theatre and it still holds up on DVD as his most complete film. The film is shot with higher production values than it’s Hong Kong counterparts. The comedy elements don’t seem really out of place like in his later films and there is actually a story in this one ( borrowed from Frank Capra’s “Pocketful of Miracles” ) The action sequences are as clever and inventive as anything he has ever done ( I didn’t mind that there weren’t as many of them ). The Restaurant sequence and the Rope factory fight are stand-outs. Even though the film was made for a Hong Kong audience, it transcends that and has something for everyone. It’s great movie-making.

  3. D. Hogan says:

    Get the facts right, this DVD has the Uncut version. Again, unfortunately someone has been jumping the gun and accusing every DVD released in America to be cut. Usually a warning is apropriate, as foreign films are often cut, however, you should know whether or not that’s true before you write a bad review. Not only does this film have both the original dialogue/ uncut version & the english dubbed(on one double-sided disc), but it lists it right in the features above. Please do your research or at least read the description before you continue to make these harsh allegations.That being said, the audio and video quality on this DVD is very poor. The other R1 version by Tai Seng is the 22 minutes shorter cut, so avoid that one. So, region free player? Hong Kong Legends version, if not, either this one, or some cheaper HK import that will probably also have subpar quality.

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