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High Risk (Shu dan long wei) (1995)

  Directed by: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen
Written by: Jing Wong
Starring: Jacky Cheung, Jet Li, Chingmy Yau
Links: High Risk on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"WARNING! Jackie Chan piss-take detected!" - a review by timchuma

Starring Jet Li, this movie is a send-up of the movie Die Hard (1988), but most of it is devoted to making fun of Jackie Chan.

It starts off with Jet Li's character trying to defuse a bomb set under a school bus which has his wife and child on it. It has been set up by the notorious terrorist known as 'The Doctor' as an extortion bid. His attempt to defuse the bomb doesn't go well and two years later he is working as the bodyguard for a famous film star (obviously meant to be Jackie Chan but he is called something different).

The film star turns up to one of his stunts drunk, so he asks Jet Li's character to do the stunt for him "Like in Canada". A TV reporter has also taken an interest in the star and is looking to expose him for using a stunt double - even though he says he never uses one and does all his dangerous stunts himself.

It also turns out that the film star is quite a ladies man and according to his Dad has only about 20% of his real Kung Fu left.

Around the same time, the Doctor's gang is planning to steal Tsar Nicolas the 2nd's jewels from an exhibition at the top of a hotel. The jewels are to be unveiled at an exclusive VIP party which the famous film star is invited to.

The reporter also manages to get into the party with her producer so she can secretly record the film star for her story. Jet Li's character has to stay downstairs as he didn't get a ticket.

While he is driving away from the party he hears the Doctor's voice in the car next to him and finds out something is going to happen at the hotel, so he rushes off to try and get the help of the police...

This is a very fun and action-packed movie which manages to combine the 'big action movie' and 'comedy piss-take' type of film very effectively. It's what a lot of the Hollywood 'spoof' films try to do, but can't quite manage as they can't do either style effectively.

My favourite scene would have to be when Jet Li's character and the police officer are driving around the hotel lobby in the hatchback shooting at the terrorists and you can see that the people they are hitting are mannequins. When they manage to get the car into the lift and up into the penthouse it is even funnier. Other funny scenes are the toilet rescue and helicopter sequences.

There is quite a bit of 'comedic-violence' which some people may not like but it suits the style of the film perfectly.

One thing is for sure, if this was a Hollywood film there is no way they could get away with so much piss-taking on the one person. (Including the 'little dick' insinuation.)

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 10 Jan 2005

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