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High Risk/Meltdown (1995)

Cast: Jet Li, Jet Li, Jacky Cheung, more...
Director: Corey Yuen, Corey Yuen, Wong Jing, more...
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Action, Comedies, Foreign, Parodies, Hong Kong, Martial Arts
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
This action parody is a Die Hard clone with an interesting twist. Kit (Jet Li) leaves the police force after the death of his family at the hands of a terrorist named "The Doctor." Kit becomes the bodyguard for Frankie (Jacky Cheung), a movie star who is famous for supposedly doing his own daring stuntwork. Frankie, a shameless send-up of action superstar Jackie Chan, turns out to be a drunken womanizer whose martial arts skills have waned; Kit secretly performs all of the actor's stunts. Frankie attends a gala event at a high-rise hotel when the Doctor shows up and takes hostages. While Frankie runs short of courage, it's up to Kit to confront his nemesis. Jet Li, whose serious action performances have often been contrasted to Jackie Chan's slapstick antics, is a perfect choice to play the "real thing" opposite Cheung's outrageous Chan caricature. It should be noted that the film's sharp jabs at Chan's onscreen credibility are funny and audacious, but also highly inaccurate. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, All Movie Guide



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