This is the DEFINITIVE Jackie Chan movie. If you've never seen a Jackie Chan movie, see this one........and if you don't like this one, then go back and watch it again, because you missed something.
How many mainstream film stars (or directors, for that matter) would throw themselves into a pit full of burning coal, just to get a scene shot the way they wanted it?
Only one, to the best of my knowledge, and that's Jackie Chan. You'll never catch Mel Gibson pulling shit like THIS. The outtakes for this film make you look at "Braveheart" in a whole new light.
From a purely acrobatic standpoint, this movie is easily Jackie's best. There's more motion in this film than in the last five Hollywood action films I've seen, combined. Jackie Chan is to martial arts what John Woo and Chow Yun Fat are to total onscreen carnage. Better yet, the film is funny, even with subtitles. Unless you understand Chinese, you'll miss most of the puns and such, but the physical humor is unparalleled in modern cinema.
The plot is cheese (give it up for heroic historical drama!), the dialogue is less than stellar (blame the translation), and the last scene (the last scene in Jackie's house, mind you, not the final fight scene) is pure silliness, but this is still one of the best action films ever made. You'll come away from this film wondering how human beings can move like that.
When you're finished with the movie, watch the outtakes. You'll see things you'd never see in Hollywood. If this movie doesn't make you a Jackie Chan fan, nothing will.The best of the best of the best! No fear, no stuntman, no equal!