Original Hong Kong poster.
|Directed by||Jackie Chan|
|Edited by||Peter Cheung|
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest|
|102 minutes (Hong Kong Version)|
|Box office||HK $17,936,344|
Dragon Lord (Chinese: 龍少爺) is a 1982 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. It was originally supposed to be a sequel to The Young Master and even had the name Young Master in Love until it was changed to Dragon Lord. The film experimented with various elaborate stunt action sequences in a period setting, serving as a transition between Chan's earlier comedy kung fu period films (such as Drunken Master and The Young Master) and his later stunt-oriented modern action films (such as Project A and Police Story).
Dragon (Jackie Chan) tries to send a love note to his girlfriend via a kite but the kite gets away and as he tries to get it back, he finds himself inside the headquarters of a gang of thieves who are planning to steal artifacts from China.
- Jackie Chan – Dragon Ho / Lung
- Mars – Cowboy Chin
- Hwang In-Shik – The Big Boss
- Tien Feng – Dragon's Father
- Paul Chang – Chin's Father
- Wai-Man Chan – Tiger (as Hui-Min Chen)
- Kang-Yeh Cheng – Ah Dee
- Fung Feng – The Referee
- Kang Ho – The Reteree
- Fung Hak-on – The Killer King (as Ke-An Fung)
- Kam-kwong Ho – The Commentator
- Pak-kwong Ho – Spectator
- Yeong-mun Kwon – The Hatchetman (as Kuen Wing-Man)
- Mang Hoi – Lu Chen gang member
- Lei Suet – Alice (as Sidney Yim)
- Corey Yuen – Lu Chen gang member
- Yuan-li Wu – The Matchmaker (as Yuen-Yee Ny)
- Yan Tsan Tang – Smuggler
- Po Tai – Ah Dum Pao (as Tai Do)
- Clement Yip – Thug
- Benny Lai – Braves' team player
- Johnny Cheung – Smuggler
One of Chan's complex scenes involved a Jianzi game requiring many takes for a single shot. Dragon Lord went over budget and took twice as long to shoot as was originally planned due to Chan's many retakes of shots to get them exactly as he wanted them. The opening bun festival scene was originally intended to end the film but was moved as Chan wanted a spectacular opening to the film. The final fight scene, which takes place in a barn, also featured elaborate stunts, including one where Chan does a back flip off a loft and falls to the lower ground.
According to his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Chan injured his chin during a stunt, making it difficult to say his lines and direct.
Joey O'Bryan of The Austin Chronicle rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote that the film, while not one of Chan's best, is an early attempt to take the genre into a new direction and set the stage for many of Chan's better, more-realized films. O'Bryan highlighted the film's climactic fight as a "worth the price of admission all by itself". TV Guide rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Aside from the meandering, stop-and-go screenplay, there's much to admire about the film. " John Sinnott of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars called it a "fun movie" that moves away from conventional martial arts films.
Awards and nominations
- 1983 Hong Kong Film Awards:
- Nomination:Best Action Choreography (Jackie Chan, Fung Hak-on, Yuen Kuni)
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