Jackie is hired to help the UN find Nazi gold hidden in Sahara. He's accompanied from Spain by 2 (later 3) cute women. As there are others wanting the gold, lots of kung fu fighting and comedy follows.
Dragon is now transferred to be the police head of Sai Wan district, and has to contend with a gangster kingpin, anti-Manchu revolutionaries, some runaway pirates, Manchu Loyalists and a corrupt Police Superintendent.
Two Chinese friends, who operate a food truck in Barcelona, Spain, use their martial arts expertise to help their private investigator friend protect the pickpocket Sylvia, who's been targeted by a ruthless gang.
After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan plays an ex-singer-turned-fortune-hunter, whose ex-girlfriend is kidnapped by an evil cult. Her fiance, an old friend of Jackie's, turns to him for help - as the kidnappers intended... lots of cooool, Jackie style action and laughs.Written by
First released in mid 1986 in Japan, then released in Hong Kong, China on January 21, 1987. See more »
In the beginning when Jackie slides down from one rock to another, he has gloves on which disappear and reappear in subsequent shots. See more »
I'll go with you.
[Asian Hark looking at her]
Why are you looking at me like that? You think women are good for nothing. I was runner-up in last year's European Women shooting, you'll be safe with me.
Only two women took part in that contest
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The original ending theme in the Asia version (China and Japan) is the song "lorelei" sung by Alan Tam and in America the theme was "Flight of the Dragon" Sung by Jackie Chan. See more »
Japanese theatrical cut (released on laserdisc by Pony Canyon) is based on the uncut Hong Kong version, but features the full original English dub. This also includes the English version of Alan Tam's end theme "Lorelei". Aside from this, there is an alternate outtakes montage during the end credits. See more »
Ahahahaha! Armour of God is one of the silliest movies I ever had to pleasure of watching. Where else will you see Chinese people in tight 70s suits with 80s hair and eyes wide open, as if trying not to be Asian, as well as machine-gun-wielding monks? Early in the movie there is a shootout scene and it is an absolutely amazing piece of work. A bunch of monks gun down a lot of people, while a cheesy 80s pop song is being performed in the background, and they do the killing in a choreographed manner, almost to the beat of the song. Oh you have to see it, it is glorious. And all of that unnecessary violent effort is only to kidnap someone in order to make the main character do something for them that they don't want to pay for. That's the premise, people. And this goofy light-headedness is how the whole story is treated.
Of course, many people watch Jacky Chan for the acrobatics and yes, the fight choreography as well as various driving stunts are very good. The characters travel to a lot of different places and it is fun to travel with them. The visuals are memorable.
But the things worth liking about this movie, besides the silly antics of Jacky Chan, are a bit more superficial and depend a lot on the viewer's taste. The main female lead, played by Lora Forner, is very pretty, possibly the prettiest actress I have seen on film, except for Zeta-Jones of course (I love you, call me). The car Jacky Chan drives looks cool and has James Bond style gadgets. Finally, the song when the credits start rolling is pretty good, in a typical cheesy 80s kind of way (you have to get the right version of the film, as there are several versions of the credits song).
All of these features, combined with the silly overacting and violence, makes this a pretty cool movie for kids, which is why it has taken a special place in many young men's hearts, at least in the East (Russia specifically). Think about it, the makers are almost going down a checklist: hot chick, fast car, violence, adventure, jumping around and silly acting with slapstick - all the things boys are into.
The dialogue can be really poor. Of course, there is always a possibility that the subtitles are just bad and that it works better in Cantonese, which is the language the movie is actually in, but I doubt it because the writing is just too shallow and the acting that accompanies it is just too silly and physical.
The actinggosh. Jacky Chan tries, but sometimes he fails. Alan Tam, who plays a singer, and is a singer in real life, is a much better actor in this. He overacts, but at least it works, and it is to him that we owe the catchy though cheesy tunes in this movie.
I feel like I like this movie for all the wrong reasons, but I still like it.
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