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Dragons Forever (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor, Director) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Yuen Wah
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Hong Kong Cinema fans looking for an action fix need look no further than Dragons Forever. This fight-filled action-comedy features the trio of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao fighting against a group of drug dealers - and also each other! Chan is an amoral lawyer who quarrels with buddies Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao over a lawsuit involving two righteous ladies (Deanie Ip and former Miss Hong Kong Pauline Yeung). The "Three Brothers" find themselves at odds, leading to frequent and sometimes hilarious action in Jackie Chan's slapstick action-comedy style. But when the real bad guys - led by a scene-stealing, cigar-puffing Yuen Wah - make themselves known, the Three Brothers band together for a fists-flying kung-fu showdown!

The climactic fight between Jackie Chan and popular nemesis Benny "The Jet" Urquidez gets most of the attention in Dragons Forever, but the film also boasts one of the finest perfomances ever from Yuen Biao. The underrated actor-stuntman pulls off some fabulous stunts, especially during his final fight with bad guy Billy Chow. Sammo Hung does double duty, both as co-star and as the film's director, alongside action director Corey Yuen. Full of comedy, action, and more than a few eye-popping stunts, Dragons Forever is a shining example of pure, unadulterated Hong Kong Cinema.

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Product Title: Dragons Forever (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 飛龍猛將 (1988) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 飞龙猛将 (1988) (Blu-ray) (香港版) サイクロンZ (飛龍猛将)(1988) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Dragons Forever (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Yuen Wah | Deanie Ip | Roy Chiao | Pauline Yeung 成龍 (Actor) | 洪金寶 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 元華 | 葉德嫻 | 喬宏 | 楊寶玲 成龙 (Actor) | 洪金宝 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 元华 | 叶德娴 | 乔宏 | 杨宝玲 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | 元華(ユン・ワー) | 葉徳嫻(デニー・イップ) | ロイ・チャオ | 楊寶玲(ポーリーン・ヨン) 성룡 (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Yuen Wah | Deanie Ip | Roy Chiao | Pauline Yeung
Director: Sammo Hung | Corey Yuen 洪金寶 | 元奎 洪金宝 | 元奎 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) | 元奎(コリー・ユン) Sammo Hung | Corey Yuen
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-10-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: II
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031471541

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Director: Sammo Hung|Corey Yuen

The three kung-fu-teers are back in their last and finest collaboration ever! Jackie Chan is a lawyer fighting a case for a shady businessman. When he realizes his client is actually running a cocaine factory. Jackie teams up with his bumbling buddy (Sammo Hung) and his mentally deranged friend (Yuen Biao) to take on the villains.
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Professional Review of "Dragons Forever (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 8, 2006

This professional review refers to Dragons Forever (VCD) (China Version)

There isn't a movie on the market that needs less advertising than Dragons Forever. A bouncing off the walls kind of comedy, this matinee dee-lite combines everything nutty about Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao into one frothy bowl, whips it into a souffle' and serves it hot, fast and sugar-shocked. The last collaboration between all three kung fu brothers - Jackie, Sammo and Yuen - it's directed by Sammo and written by Ray Szeto (a change for Jackie who's usually being written by Edward Tsang). You can tell because in this case Jackie plays a womanizing lawyer and the action never stops. Crystal Kwok (who would later make her directorial debut with the Category III The Mistress) plays Jackie's assistant; leading comedian of the Hong Kong screen, Deannie Ip, plays the owner of a fish farm who won't sell out to the cigar-puffing blackheart, Yuen Wah; Sammo Hung plays a character named after Chinese folk hero (and career-making Jet Li role) Wong Fei-hung; and Yuen Biao plays a neurotic, acrobatic freak who constantly attends therapy (scenes, tragically, cut from this version). Yuen Wah's army of thugs are such leading lights as Dick Wei, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Lau Kar-wing, and Shaw Brothers heavy Lo Lieh.

The movie tells the comic operetta tale of major league polluter (Yuen Wah), and the fish farm owner who sues him. Really. That's it. Jackie plays Yuen Wah's lawyer, pricked by his conscience into helping Ip. Recruiting Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao to join in his fight for right, Sammo and Jackie wind up spending all their time pitching woo. This drives Yuen Biao bananas and for the first time onscreen you see Yuen, Jackie, and Sammo go at it in two chaotic, kinetic fight scenes.

The DVD is a fine presentation of the movie, and although the extras are limited (mainly just bios of each of the stars) the video and audio presentations are first rate.

I'd go on and on, but most people will know by now that this is their kind of movie. Funny, charming, and absolutely breath-taking, Dragons Forever is a classic that needs no further advertisement.

Reviewer : Grady Hendrix (USA)

May 10, 2006

This professional review refers to Dragons Forever (1988) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Dragons Forever was the last film to be made specifically for the trio of Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan. After the simply transcendent, if grammatically nonsensical, Wheels on Meals, this outing had a lot to live up to, and whilst it is an action comedy, like the other films before it, there are some dark undertones here. This could have been an attempt to keep up with the recent successes of the hardboiled thrillers of John Woo and Ringo Lam and the opening scene of the film does resemble those film-makers' work more than any of the trio's individual films. Similarly the roles that Hung, Yuen, and Chan play are strange choices for such box office good guys and set them up as more anti-hero than hero. In Dragons Forever they play a mob lawyer, a gun runner, and a mentally unwell burglar respectively.

The film follows these three rogues' progress as they learn the errors of their ways and kick an awful lot of backsides. Chan's dodgy lawyer is doing a mob boss's bidding and he is trying to sabotage a claim against the gangster for polluting Deannie Yip's fish farm. To do this, he sends Hung off to seduce her under the cover of being a helpful neighbour and uses Yuen to break in to Yip's house and to plant listening devices. Blissfully ignorant of one another, Hung and Yuen end up messing up each other's endeavours and Chan's dastardly plans get frustrated. Love soon blossoms and Hung starts to fall for Yip and Chan gets to tries his charms on unlikely biologist and top totty, Pauline Yeung. This leaves Yuen with rather little to do as his subplot of visiting a psychiatrist was actually cut from the film leaving him peripheral to the plot and lacking motivation for many of his odd actions. Once true love redeems Chan and Hung, they realise that their efforts would be best focused on ending their triad employer's nefarious ways, but instead of simple industrial pollution they find he's up to something far worse.

After the grittier beginning and set up of these anti-heroes, things soon revert to type and the non-stop action comedy is re-asserted. Freed of the thriller stylings that begin the film, the audience gets the schmaltzy romance, incredible fights and bang on the bonce slapstick that they expected all along. The most important quality of the trio's formula is their commitment to the authenticity of the kinetic action and physical comedy that fills the film's running time to bursting. To achieve this sense of realness, both Chan and Hung used their own familiar stunt teams to orchestrate the fights in the film and the rapid interchanges of blows during the frequent knockabouts looks incredibly realistic and shows what is possible with such impeccable choreography and hard work. With the trio returned to the paths of righteousness, the audience is free to enjoy the terrific action that Dragons Forever serves up and this action, and comedy, is shared around, but to be honest it is Chan who gets the best fights. The ambush on the ocean liner is unceasingly inventive and acrobatic, but the best moment is the renewing of hostilities with Benny Urquidez. Like their fight in Wheels on Meals, this is heart thumping visceral stuff and Urquidez makes a heavyweight opponent, but this time he is a heroin snorting, eye-liner wearing fiend. It is a bruising edgy encounter and possibly one of the best martial arts fights in cinema with a desperate Chan helping you believe that he has a chance against the man mountain of Urquidez. The brutality and energy of this fight is awesome, and I have to say it's more evidence for the view that Chan is best when he is doing tough hombre rather than family friendly fun. Yuen's chief contribution to the action is some breathtaking tumbling and acrobatics which almost make up for the failure to give him a proper character to play and then editing what little motivation he has out of the movie. Hung gets some less impressive fights than Chan and in fact becomes a kind of damsel in distress at one point for Chan and Yuen to rescue, but he performs well in his comic moments, showing a dryness which is a relief to all the broad humour on show here.

The drama of the film is left to the romantic moments and Yuen Wah's infamy. The romantic moments are twee and rather unlikely in Chan's case - his cross-examination of his girlfriend in court has more to do with the laws of happy endings than anything resembling believable plot or correct legal etiquette. Contrastingly, the romance between Hung and Yip has real chemistry and some great moments, with Hung proving himself a rather good romantic actor, especially in the megaphone sequence outside the restaurant. He does sincere supplication convincingly and manages his character's change from romantic rogue to true lover better than many more renowned actors would. As the head villain, I particularly enjoyed Yuen Wah, whose lithe physical aggression is mixed with jet black humour and endless cigar chomping. He creates a kind of evil cross between Groucho Marx and Snake and Crane style, whether he has to kill or to corrupt, Yuen Wah delivers his villainy not unlike a punchline.

Dragon's Forever is more than a little phoney and hardly great drama, but it is wonderful physical entertainment that owes more to Buster Keaton than Bruce Lee. It captures Chan at the height of his action powers and demonstrates again what a renaissance man Sammo Hung is. It doesn't really mean too much or aim itself anywhere other than making you smile or getting you involved, however very few action comedies are this successful at either laughs or thrills. If the ageing trio never make another film together, this was a fine way to leave things. It is funny, furious and forever.

A/V
The film has been given a digitally remastered anamorphic transfer at the ratio of 1.85:1. The transfer is excellent with fine contrast and excellent sharpness and no excessive grain in either darker or lighter sequences. Colours seem faithful and warm with skin tones looking bang on and the edge enhancement subtle. The print itself is spotless; I can't recall seeing any marks or even very minor damage to it. Comparing the transfer with the Hong Kong Legends disc, I can find little difference as the HK Legends disc looks as strong as this new release in terms of the feature presentation. My only thoughts are that this release seems to have a warmer hue, boosted contrast and slightly more detail.

The disc comes with three surround options and a mono option which I believe is a downmix of the surround track. The Mandarin option is the worst of the tracks with dialogue sounding oddly dispersed and rather dull tonally; it does sound very muddy with a lack of definition or clarity. The Cantonese surround tracks have much better defined sound which is at it's clearest in the smooth DTS track; the rear speakers are occasionally used for sound effects but the sound doesn't exactly follow characters movements. There is also a lack of appropriate sound effects on occasions - in Hung's first fight he slams a baddie on a crate to the accompaniment of a mild bump. Generally the surround speakers are used for music and more obvious effects with nearly all dialogue and sound coming from the centre channel. The downmixed mono track is without distortion or obvious defects but the original mono track would have been preferable. The English subtitles have very rare mistypes but barring occasional missing prepositions, the translation is well done.

Extras
This release does not touch the existing R2 two disc package for extras. There is no commentary, main cast interviews or featurettes like the HK Legends disc. It does use some of the same material such as a silent reel of outtakes and on set footage from the making of the film, and deleted scenes (including Yuen Biao at the Psychiatrist), but the only meaningful new extra is a five minute interview with Yuen Wah. Yuen Wah talks about the challenge of playing a rare comedic role, improvising some action, and states that he doesn't like "overkill" in acting - after watching his performance in the film that may not be obvious! The silent footage of outtakes and larking about on set is the same as you would come across on the HKL disc and is little more than a few fights gone wrong and some autograph signing. There are two trailers, an original theatrical one and a re-release version, and photos and a slide show. There is also the alternate end titles with an English song playing the film out. The extras are not subtitled with the exception of the interview and the deleted scenes.

Overall
Well, I suppose the bottom line comes down to whether this new release has a sufficiently improved transfer as to justify another purchase for fans of the film. This is a fine new transfer but I don't think that existing DVD owners need to double dip as the extras are far more plentiful on the HK legends disc and the improvement in transfer here is merely marginal.

by John White - DVD Times

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Customer Review of "Dragons Forever (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (8)

Tanzhang
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June 21, 2008

This customer review refers to Dragons Forever DTS (Korean Version)
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Dragons Forever Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10

Dragons Forever: One of the Four Great Classics of Jackie Chan: Greatest Contemporary Film starring Jackie with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

The owner of a fish farm in the New Territories, in Hong Kong is suing a prominent Hong Kong Textiles company, Wah Chemicals and Dye of pumping toxic waste into the waters of Hong Kong. The boss of the Textiles factory, Mr. Wah (played by, drumroll please, Yuen Wah) is secretly using the factory as a front for illegal drug production, hence the Toxic waste and the reason he doesn't want the HK environmental board to inspect the factory.

Wah hires prominent local lawyer Lung (Jackie Chan), to stop the fish farm from shutting down his business. Lung hires good friend Wong Fei-Hung (Sammo Hung) an arms dealer (not the Martial Arts legend) to spy on the fish farm and its owner Deanie (Deanie Yip) by becoming their neighbour. Lung also hires his Eccentric friend, Tak (Yuen Biao in a Career Best performance) to bug the lady's house.

Lung doesn’t tell Fei Hung and Tak that he hired the other and when Tak tries to bug the house (wearing a bright Yellow jumper in the middle of the night!), Fei-Hung mistakes him for a burglar and starts a fight with him inside the poor lady's house! Lung is also finding himself falling for the Plaintiff's Lawyer, Nancy who is also the owners Cousin and must try to impress her without letting her know that he is a friend of their neighbour who is spying on them and the "Burglar" who attacked their house one night, not to mention the rival Triad gangs that think he is one of Wah's new hitmen!

Another of the all-time great Hong Kong action movies, with Dragons Forever having great action, comedy and terrific performances by the entire cast, especially Yuen Biao, who gives the performance of his career as the eccentric friend of Lung, Tak.

I felt that for giving such a wonderful performance, Biao was ripped-off, for not having as much to do in the movies as he perhaps should had, as the focus towards the end of the movie is the romance between Characters Lung and Nancy and Fei-Hung and Deanie, the latter of which doesn't quite work, and is over the top in some parts, like when Fei-Hung pleads with Deanie to go out with him and give him another chance over a Megaphone on a busy Hong Kong street.

Despite all this, the movie has some great action sequences, mainly with Sammo and Yuen, and of course a scene where Jackie takes on a group of Triads on a luxury Yacht, but the real show stopper is the ending, where Jackie, Sammo and Yuen go Head to Head with fellow Beijing Opera Colleague Yuen Wah and Legendary Western Kickboxing Champion Benny "the Jet" Urquidez, who plays a memorable fighting villain. An Underrated Hong Kong Action Masterpiece to Say the Least!!
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Phoenix Lin
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April 12, 2007

This customer review refers to Dragons Forever (DVD) (China Version)
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Bring back this Trio Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I miss seeing these 3 together because there are just classic scenes of them showing off their personal styles in combinations with each other or competing against each other. The story is simple enough since that's all they need as an excuse to throw them together for a good ol' fashioned brawl. Stunts are definately not like they used to be, the ones in this seem particularly brutal & you appreciate them more because the scene/stunt is highlighted. There are some scenes missing that don't really go along with the story other than minor character development but nothing really missed. Just sit back & enjoy the action.
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ckid
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June 24, 2006

This customer review refers to Dragons Forever (DVD) (China Version)
Awsome Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
What more can I say about this movie. It has a great cast and is a very funny movie. The action is old school which makes it awsome. I love it everytime these boys work together. It's worth buying
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Anonymous

January 6, 2004

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The three brothers strike back!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie features classic fights and stunts!!
The Aspect Ratio is 1.85:1 -Letterbox. Duration approx. 90 minutes. Features trailers for Winners & Sinners, Wheels on Meals, Heart of Dragon and The Young Master. But some scenes are cut from this version -> both scenes where Yuen Biao tries to cure his mental illness by visiting a psychiatrist.
Sound is Dolby Digital 5.1
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Anonymous

December 15, 2002

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A pretty good film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It is a pity that this was the last film the super trio did together but I must say that this is a pity good film but not as good as Project A or Wheels on Meals.
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