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The Medallion [DVD]

Jackie Chan , Lee Evans , Gordon Chan    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands, John Rhys-Davies
  • Directors: Gordon Chan
  • Producers: Alfred Cheung
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UZPM8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The inspired pairing of Jackie Chan and British comedian Lee Evans (Funny Bones) gives The Medallion some extra oomph. Hong Kong agent Eddie Yang (Chan) flies to Ireland to track down a very bad guy named Snakehead (Julian Sands, Warlock, exuding his dependable oily menace) who has kidnapped a young boy with the power of life and death. When Eddie dies protecting the boy, the boy resurrects him with a magical medallion--and when Eddie comes back, he's got supernatural powers, much to the befuddlement of his former partner, Arthur (Evans). Along for the ride is Eddie's old flame, Nicole (Claire Forlani, i>Mystery Men<), wearing tight outfits and delivering high-kicks. Chan has lost the astonishing elasticity of his youth, but he's still spry enough to pull some dazzling moves, and Evans is just amazingly funny. Between the two, The Medallion is far more entertaining than you might expect. --Bret Fetzer

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Big-budget Honk Kong fantasy action flick starring Jackie Chan as Eddie Yang, an indomitable Hong Kong cop who, after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole (Claire Forlani) to determine the secret of the medallion and to defeat the evil Snakehead (Julian Sands), a human-smuggling crimelord.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much fun that's not to be taken seriously! 11 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
'The Medallion' is one of those movies to fill a spare hour and a half. As in many action films, the plot is forgotten and essentially it's just a setup for the fights and action. People assume that every Jackie Chan film will have hardcore martial arts fighting, but this is not true. Chan has never been a Kung Fu master, however he's always been a Kung Fool master (not an insult to the man just he's choice of style)which is proved greatly in this movie. The nice thing about this movie is the romantic sub-story. Chan and Forlani have an amazing chemistry, but Chan doesn't play it like a Hugh Grant, he's like a normal guy whcih is interesting to see. This movie is not an epic, but with a title like 'The Medallion' and Chan and Evans in the cast, you shouldn't be expecting one. However it's very entertaining, and a nice one to have in your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Medallion aka Highbinders has the distinction of not being quite as bad as many of Jackie Chan's recent disastrous films, but it's not even close to being good either. A big-budget high concept misfire, there's not much visible bang for its buck or even much concept after the studio rejected director Gordon Chan's rough cut and replaced him with Doug Aarniokoski for extensive reshoots: even the deleted scenes on the DVD offer different backstories for the same character in the hope that if they shot long enough they'd find something that would work. The finished film itself suffers from similar schizophrenic moments, with the relationship between its unlikely cop pairing of Jackie Chan and, er, Lee Evans suddenly having a completely new history as soon as the location moves from Hong Kong to tax break filmmaking friendly Dublin.

The premise isn't terribly imaginative to begin with: Chan's Hong Kong cop and Evans' Interpol agent are trying to catch vaguely defined villain Julian Sands and rescue a Golden Child he's kidnapped to harness the power of a medallion that can bestow super powers and immortality. Eventually Chan gets killed only to come back with vaguely defined superpowers - largely relating to bad wire work and poor special effects - and yada yada yada, you've heard it all before. With the plot reduced to its barest elements and the relationship between the two stars a non-starter, all that's left to hold the fort are Sammo Hung's action scenes, but even these are so lazily staged with such a plethora of unconvincing wire work it's no great surprise to find most of them relegated to the deleted scenes bin.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic multi-toned movie... 7 Jun 2004
Format:DVD
Half Jackie-Chan, a quarter of Lee Evans and a Quarter of CGI. This movie is a tad confusing, and starts off as a classic Chan movie, originally called "HighBinders", then we switch to what appears to be a Lee Evans directed movie, then onto a CGI wires-n-all flick.
It's a mish-mash, but it's hilariously enjoyable. The out-takes at the end seem to include many dozens of deleted scenes, mostly including Lee Evans, which should've been left in. You feel like the director removed some of Lee's role, and it's a shame. However, fantastic fantastic movie. Some dodgey acting by some bit-players at the start, and a lull in the middle, but well worth sticking! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical artefact sort by criminals 22 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This 2008 Jackie Chan film is about the attempts for a criminal organisation to obtain the Medallion (based on Buddhist concepts) in which Jackie Chan plays a Hong kong detective Eddie Yang who has to protect a young child who is a mystical re-incarnation and a guardian of the medallion from Snakehead as the action moves around the world from Hong Kong to Thailand and then Eire. He is both aided held back by agents Nicole (Claire Forlani) and Watson (Lee Evans) who holds a grudge against Yang as well as being a bit of a bumbler (which provides the comic relief in the film) as the film reaches its denouncement.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it! 28 Mar 2004
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Format:DVD
This film is excellent. For the bad criticism that its recieved I think that Jackie Chan fans seem to only like one style of film and fighting. This film is very unique, creative and artistic. The set design and music are fantastic, Jackies acting and English are at its best, and the chemistry between all characters is great. I thought with lee evans the comedy may be a bit over the top for a Jackie Chan film but it was actually very subtle and funny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no, no, no! 24 Mar 2004
By I. R. Barnes VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Jackie, what have you done!? I first heard about this movie (originally entitled 'Highbinders') years ago and it seems to have been in production for just about forever! Having heard of the talent involved with the project, Jackie himself, Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, action choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, directed by Gordon 'Beast Cops' Chan, even a small role for the gorgeous Christy Chung, I was awaiting it's release with baited breath! Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed - and there is a reason that this film, despite Jackie's box office pull, did not get a cinema release and went straight to video! It's just plain awful! It fails as an action move becuase it relies too heavily on exaggerated wire-work with people 'bouncing' around even before they acquire supernatural powers, leaping down the street like gold medal olympic athletes! And it fails as a comedy because it is so unfunny - Lee Evans makes a complete prat of himself and is extremely irritating! The film just doesn't help anyone's career! 'The Tuxedo' was passable (just!) as it was quite funny in some places but let's hope this isn't the start of a downward spiral for Jackie and doesn't ruin his reputation - let's hope this is quickly forgotten so we can all look forward to 'Rush Hour 3'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent funny film
Published 1 month ago by Y. C. Ashford
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously action-packed - One of Chan's best
After the Rush Hour movies and the first Shanghai movie, this is Jackie Chan's best movie. It's a nice change of setting for the film to be in Ireland, but the best thing about it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film to fill in those times that have nothing on TV
Only seen this film the once on TV liked the film so tried to put on my wish list and found on Amazon and now watched a few times already.
Published 2 months ago by Imagine Group
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very disappointed, unable to use item.
I purchased this DVD as a present for my Son and he was really excited when he received it however when we tried to play it on our blue ray player it stated the format was not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by olwen gaskell
5.0 out of 5 stars top service
This was a top class service thanks so much. Great film and Lee Evans is so funny. Once again thanks.
Published 6 months ago by steve wimpress
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan at his best
Who would have thought that British comedian, Lee Evans would have teamed up with the legendary Jackie Chan? Read more
Published 16 months ago by N. P. Byford
4.0 out of 5 stars I received this dvd thanks
I received this dvd with thanks, i ordered it for xmas for my daughter we have watched it and enjoyed it
Published 18 months ago by sharon dodds
4.0 out of 5 stars the medallion
i have not got round to watching this film yet.
been to busy at the moment.but i will get round to it soon
Published 22 months ago by jack kean
5.0 out of 5 stars chan at his best
Got this 4 my son and he loves it. Chan is fab and the rest of the cast only add to the fun.
Published 23 months ago by lovetoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
I ordered this on DVD after seeing a bit of it on TV. Excellent quality and fast postage. Oh and great film!!
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Jane C. Downes
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