Dragons Forever (1988) / Action-Comedy
MPAA Rated: Not rated
Running Time: 93 min.
Cast: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Pailine Yeung, Wah Yuen
Director: Sammo Hung
Screenplay: Cheuk-Hon Szeto
Review published May 5, 1999
A Hong Kong factory owned by a corrupt and powerful businessman is pumping waste into a local pond. The pond owner sues for wrongful pollution, while the lawyer for the defense designs to have a bugs planted in the woman's house, and hires a friend to woo the pond away from the woman. Meanwhile he takes a liking to one of the fact witnesses for the defense, and soon discovers there's something more sinister to the factory than he originally thought.
Terrific action and hilarious slapstick highlight this entertaining, if boneheaded, kung-fu yarn. The trio of Chan, Hung and Biao, who excelled in the earlier collaboration, WHEELS ON MEALS, sparkle once again to comedic and spectacular high-flying success. Not since THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY has a three-way fight been handled with such panache. The worst thing about the film is the main plot and it is coated with cheese, but the comedy and action are so well-done, one can be forgiving the many shortcomings. Great fun, so long as you don't think about it too much.
©1999 Vince Leo