Friday, 3 August 2007

Winners and Sinners (1983)

This is a milestone film for Jackie Chan.

This isn't JC's best movie by any yardstick, but it's the first HK film that marked his change of direction in the types of movies he made.

Strictly speaking it was the Big Brawl (1980) that marked the change. But Big Brawl wasn't a HK film in the strictest sense. And in the following movie The Cannonball Run (1981) wasn't a Jackie Chan film.

This is the first film - directed and co-written by Chan's academy buddy Sammo Hung - where JC stopped doing martial arts and started doing action flicks. By martial arts, I mean either kungfu or wuxia (or swordplay) genre.

JC only acted in wuxia for SB in bit or stunt roles. He was too young at the time. And when Bruce Lee died, Wei Lo - who directed Bruce Lee first 2 films - tried to resurrect Lee with Chan. Wei Lo made a series of Bruceploitation films, but didn't pan out well because there's only one Bruce Lee, and it's not JC's style.

JC found his true style with the success of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978). And since he made a series of kungfu film. Kungfu flicks are different from just action films. It focuses squarely on every aspect of kungfu from training, and the all important sifu-student relationship, and the style or school of kungfu, and so on. Usually, but not always, the school or style of kungfu are well known, and the leads were historical figure.

This film is a turning point for JC, and he had never looked back since.

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