Twin Dragons

"Weak"

Twin Dragons Review


If Dimension Films wants to turn a quick profit cashing in on re-dubs ofJackie Chan's extensive Hong Kong filmography, I don't have a problem withthat. But they can do a lot better than "Twin Dragons," a 1993assembly line flick in which Chan plays twins separated at birth.

Short on Chan's trademark comedy-fu and his dazzling, riskystunts, and long -- very long -- on gimmick, the sloppy and unnecessarilycomplex story casts our hero as both a world-famous concert pianist andas a street-raised mechanic who meet for the first time just as one ofthem has run into trouble with the mob (guess which one).

Stock confusion ensues with mistaken identities, mixedup girlfriends and a scene in which Chan the street tough wildly conductsthe Hong Kong symphony before an audience of aristocrats in evening wear.

Except for an early boat chase pilfered from so many JamesBond movies and a disappointingly uncreative final fight sequence in acar factory, most of the movie depends on extremely shopworn camp for it'sentertainment value.

The best I can say about this re-engineered import is thatit might be a passable bargain matinee if nothing better is showing atthe multiplex. But ultimately you'd be better entertained by renting oneof the truly great Chan movies that hasn't been punched up with and excessiveAmerican adventure soundtrack and new voice-overs.

Scour the video store instead for "Drunken Master"or "Police Story" -- two of Chan's best that have yet to seewide U.S. release.



Twin Dragons

Facts and Figures

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th April 1999

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 21

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: ,

Starring: as Ma Yau / Die Hard (John Ma / Boomer in US version), as Barbara, as Tarzan (Tyson in US Version) (as Teddy Robin), Anthony Chan as Hotel Staffer Chan, Philip Chan Yan-Kin as Hotel Manager, as Twins' Mother, as Tammy

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