UK DVD cover
|Directed by||Lo Wei
Jackie Chan (action)
|Produced by||Lo Wei
Hsu Li Hwa
|Written by||Ku Lung|
Leung Siu Lung
|Music by||Chen Yung-Yu
|Cinematography||Chen Yung Shu|
|Editing by||Liang Yung Tsan|
|Distributed by||Lo Wei Motion Picture Company|
|Release dates||April 27, 1978|
Magnificent Bodyguards (simplified Chinese: 飞渡捲云山; traditional Chinese: 飛渡捲雲山; pinyin: fēidùjuǎnyúnshān) is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts-action film, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Lo Wei. Chan, along with Luk Chuen also worked as stunt co-ordinators. This film was well received in Hong Kong, but Chan himself doesn't like it. He puts it down to Lo Wei not giving him any creative freedom. This was the first film in Hong Kong to be filmed using 3-D technology, and features music from Star Wars.
The story starts with Lord Ting Chung (Chan) getting hired to escort a women's sick brother to the doctor, but he does it for free. To get there they must pass through "Stormy Hills", an area of Ancient China controlled by criminals. Then the sick man turns out to be the king of the criminals and is not really sick, he is just trying to reclaim his throne from an imposter. The king had previously murdered Ting Chung's father and now Ting Chung has to fight for his life to get out and also to avenge his father.
- Jackie Chan - Lord Ting Chung
- James Tien - Tsang / Chang Wu-Yi
- Bruce Leung - Chang (as Bruce Liang)
- Lau Ming - Old Lady of Ma Por Inn
- Lee Man-Tai - Bearded Shaolin Abbot
- Fang Fang - Liu Chin Lien
- Ko Keung - Wen Liang Yu
- Mau Ging-Shun - (uncredited)
- The Japanese Laserdisc is said to be the only version containing the 3D version. However, it's all in Japanese with no other language options and it's missing 10 minutes of footage.
- On March 22, 2002, Eastern Heroes released it on DVD cropped from 2:35:1 to 1:78:1 and an English dub (edited to remove Star Wars music) with no other language options.
- On October 28, 2005, Universal Japan released their DVD in 2:35:1. However, it has no English subtitles.
- On March 5, 2007, Hong Kong Legends released their DVD in 2:35:1 in Cantonese with newly translated English subtitles. However, the Cantonese "mono" is a downmix from the 5.1 remix. Mandarin is the correct language.
- Maçek III, J.C. (2 October 2013). "It's Pure Kung Fu Theatre and Somehow, 'Star Wars' in 'Jackie Chan Beginnings'". PopMatters.