Shu dan long wei (Meltdown)
Release year: 1995
Director: Jing Wong, Wai-Lun Lam
Screenwriter: Jing Wong
Starring: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Yeung, Suki Kwan, Lik-Chi Lee, Chung-Hsien Yang, Kelvin Wong, Wu Ma
After the cop Kit Li (Jet Li) fails to save his family on the job, he retires and starts working as a bodyguard and secret stuntman for cowardly action star Frankie Lone (Jacky Cheung). When Frankie is at the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit Li finds himself once again up against the man who killed his family.
This Hong Kong action comedy is a parody of American action comedy, such as Die Hard (1988) and Speed (1994). Jet Li (The Expendables, 2010) is the hero of the movie while Cheung (Die xue jie tou, 1990) is the comic relief. As one can expect, when a martial art star like Li is involved, the fight choreography is excellent and the plot works well both action wise and the comedic scenes. However, Li is far more convincing as an action star as Cheung is as a comedy star and one wonder if it hasn’t been better as a straight action flick. The movie exists both with the original Chinese voices and in a dubbed version.
Allegedly Frankie Lone is supposed to be a parody on Jackie Chan, with whom the director had a fall out after working with him on City Hunter in 1993. Jackie Chan, who are famous for doing all his own stunts, disowned the movie, where the character meant to be a spoof of him, is an action star only pretending to do all his own stunts.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures