Chan's first synch-sound film in
English certainly doesn't lack for action, though there's something oddly
backwards about it. The opening bears more than a faint resemblance to the
end of Police Story, while the finale is martially artless and sees JC
merely going berserk in a very big vehicle -- the "I saw nothing"
gag from PS also makes a return, like an old friend. In between, there's
Fitzpatrick against two gangs, one headed by the supremely slimy
Norton -- it's a shame they
don't get to square off properly, at least in the UK version. At only 85
minutes, including a lengthy sequence of out-takes, one wonders what's
missing. Plot? Characterisation? Could be. What's left is fast and fun,
with some typically Jackie-esque moments, and cheerfully devoid of any
emotional content whatsoever. Nice to see two of the "Three Musketeers",
Samo (who cameos as an irate cyclist) and Jackie, back together; now,
where's Yuen Biao?