Magnificent Bodyguards

1978

Action /

14
IMDb Rating 5.8

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101 min
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Reviewed by InjunNose 6/10

It is a pervasive feature of the written history of Chinese martialarts films (from CFW's long-extinct periodical "Martial Arts Movies" tothe pioneering coffee table book "Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Leeto the Ninjas" by Ric Meyers) that Jackie Chan languished in a seriesof both artistically and commercially disastrous films before attainingstardom in 1978 with "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow". The general idea isthat Chan was being held back by his director/mentor Lo Wei, who wassuch a humorless square that he saw no merit in Chan's comedy kung- fuaspirations and insisted on trying to sell the young actor as the newBruce Lee in a series of straight dramatic roles. This contention hasbeen repeated so often that even today it is uncritically accepted asfact. Well, guess what? It's a bunch of baloney. In the first place,Chan starred in only one Bruceploitation film: "New Fist of Fury".Thereafter, he was cast in period costume productions (in contrast toLee, who never made a period film). Secondly, some of thesemovies--like "Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin" and "SpiritualKung-Fu"--featured comedic elements. Thirdly, Chan almost always did arespectable job when assigned a dramatic role. Finally, while there'sno doubt that comedy kung-fu made him a star, it's debatable how goodfilms like "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "Drunken Master" reallyare. They were wildly popular, certainly, but unless you considerslapstick the highest art ever achieved by human civilization, they'repretty cringeworthy. "Magnificent Bodyguards", neither a deadly seriousdramatic picture nor a screwball comedy, stars Chan alongside JamesTien and Leung Siu-lung (Bruce Leung); they are martial arts expertswho have been hired to escort a sick man on his journey to see aphysician. Along the way they fight off bandits, hostile Buddhist monksand an assortment of other characters. Based on a tale by Taiwanesewuxia novelist Ku Lung, the film is not a classic by any means, butit's watchable. There are lengthy, entertaining fight scenes and Chandoes just fine in his non-comedic role. (Bizarrely, the movie was shotin 3D, which is why there are so many kicks and jabbing weapons aimeddirectly at the camera.) Further putting the kibosh on the myth thatChan's early films were all unmitigated disasters, "MagnificentBodyguards" was a success at the box office. Don't believe everythingyou read!

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Reviewed by lost-in-limbo 6/10

Odd, but fascinating and likable early Jackie Chan martial artsvehicle. Well I might just be stretching calling it a vehicle thoughhe's the name seller (outside director Lo Wei), but at times Chan (whoplays it cocky, but can back it up) was overshadowed by his co-stars(James Tien and Bruce Liang). Nonetheless the thing that does stand outand this is probably why he doesn't charismatically standout (well notfrom the crisply choreographed action sequences though) was that thecomical elements are played down with a more straight-laced vibewinning out. Lord Ting Chung the fastest fists in the East (Chan) ishired along with some other partners to protect a women and herill-brother while transporting them through the Stormy Mountains that'sinfested with robbers. The story might seem basic, but it's anythingbut. It's quite an eventful plot, which does become somewhat of a messwith its dramatic twists and silly turns. Therefore its busilyconceived structure consisting of a variety of characters, situationsand challenges lets the pace briskly move through moving from oneset-piece to another. Quick, lively and fun sums it up. What more couldyou ask for. The fluidly diverse martial arts come in spades withflexibility, creativity and exuberance in its flashy and flightyexecution of one-on-one or group ambushes. Namely the stirringlylong-winded climax, which would come back down to earth with a thudwith its abrupt ending (which filled many films of its genre). Anovelty that comes to the foreground is that it was obviously made for3D with its intrusive framing and tricky jolts. I was kind of surprisedhow much of those occurrences did pop up and another interesting notewould be the use of the "Star Wars" theme score for one particularscene. It might not be held up alongside Chan's other efforts, but thisraw venture is a neat little kung-fu showcase.

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Reviewed by ProgressiveHead 4/10

This was one of many Jackie Chan vehicles made around this time when hewas not yet a huge star. He had just made &#x22;Snake in the Eagle&#x27;sShadow&#x22;, and &#x22;Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin&#x22;. The mega-hit &#x22;DrunkenMaster&#x22; would follow. Unfortunately this doesn&#x27;t compare well to those.<br><br>Chan is asked by a young, wealthy lady to take her sick brother to aspecialist doctor. To reach him, Chan and a handful of travelingcompanions must pass through bandit-infested wild country. Theyencounter and kung-fu-fight several gangs of thugs along the way.<br><br>Some minor interest is maintained as there&#x27;s a quest involved, and thegroup journey through some nice locations. Also, the musical score hasa surprising range of dynamics.<br><br>On the downside, the version I saw was poorly dubbed and the script hada lot of problems. <br><br>None of the many fight-scenes reach the heights of &#x22;Snake in theEagle&#x27;s Shadow&#x22;, &#x22;Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin&#x22; or &#x22;Drunken Master&#x22;(Jackie Chan vehicles made immediately before and after MagnificentBodyguards). <br><br>Also, there is a twist near the end which I felt was a cop out andundermined the nature of the film, but by that point I wasn&#x27;t toobothered anyway.<br><br>I would recommend this to die-hard Jackie Chan fans only. The casualfan would do well to stick with his 80s and 90s output (with a fewexceptions).

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