I decided to watch this movie because of a movie made in Hong Kong with Jackie Chan that grossed more than both “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon” combined. I wanted to see what the hype was about and to see more of the modern Jackie Chan films made in Hong Kong when he was starting to get a bigger name in the United States.
Buck Yeun lives a normal life as an exercise equipment salesman and yearns of adventure outside of his comfort zone. One day he stops a robbery and is hailed as a hero. It is discovered that he is the long lost son of a rich Korean man and is set to receive an inheritance.
This inheritance leads to gangs from Turkey and China wanting a piece of it. It is vital to the safety of humanity, thus the adventure to save the world. Little does he know that he is being watched from a distance.
I enjoyed this cat and mouse game Buck goes on where you really don’t know all the details until the conclusion of the movie. It has action, comedy, and even drama included. It also helps that a Jackie Chan movie finally takes place in Turkey which at that point was a huge mystery to the West and even the East.
It took me a second watch to fully figure out the entire plot. At the time, I liked my Jackie Chan films to be dumbed down and simplified. Now, I can connect the dots. At the time when I initially watched it, I just let everything fly over my head.
In the late 90’s to early 2000’s, Jackie Chan was getting used to being a Hollywood star. It was quite refreshing to have him go back to his roots where he originally became a star. I like his Asian films more because he has the artistic freedom to do what he wants thus putting out a better product as opposed to in America where he is a lot more restricted.
Overall rating: 3/5
Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic