Armour of God II: Operation Condor
AKA: Operation Condor
Director: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan
After a series of flops, Chan decided to return to the popular character of Asian Hawk (an Chinese Indiana Jones ripoff) for this sequel. This time around, he's hunting for a vault of Nazi gold while toting around a trio of ditzy female sidekicks.
The story is pretty much rubbish and the sidekicks (Chan himself noted that they were chosen for their looks and to provide more of an international audience) are annoying as all-get out. The part where they take on a thug using helmets while mariachi music plays still makes me cringe. But, thankfully, the action comes fast enough so you really don't notice all the shortcomings in the script... well, you do, but I think you get my point. The movie cost HK$115 million (about US$15 million) to make, making it the most expensive HK movie up to that date, and you can tell most of the money went into the action bits. There's a motorcycle chase that ranks among Chan's best and several inventive fights, including one in a wind tunnel that has Chan flying about like Superman. This isn't a great movie by any means, but it is pretty fun to watch and should please fans of Chan's more recent work.
RATING: 6.7Click here to view the trailer for this movie (clip courtesy of JoBlo's Trailers)
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