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FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: Jackie Chan Delivers the Pain in the Hidden Romantic Action Gem GORGEOUS!

By: The Cinema Drunkie

Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!

This week, it’s The Cinema Drunkie’s turn to discuss one of action and martial arts icon Jackie Chan’s lesser known films where he takes on the romantic action movie Gorgeous! It may be romantic but it still kicks ass! Jackie Chan style!

I already know what you’re thinking: “ummmm… C.D., this isn’t an action movie.” And you are 100% correct. Gorgeous is not an action movie, but a romantic comedy from 1999 that just so happens to star Jackie Chan. In it, he plays C.N., a wealthy businessman/fighter who falls in love with Bu, a young woman from a small fishing village played by the adorable Shu Qi. Annddd that’s pretty much it.

“So if this is a romantic comedy… why are you talking about it?” Well, seeing how it IS a Jackie Chan movie, we do get a few moments of awesome action. Particularly the final one. And that’s what I want to talk about. Now, let me put it in context: C.N., who is also a fighter, has a friendly rivalry with a childhood friend, who bets him that he can’t beat his fighter Alan, played by british stuntman/martial artist Brad Allen. He takes the fight, and loses.

He gets a chance to redeem himself when he gets a rematch with Alan during the climax of the movie. And the fight scene that we get is, in my opinion, quite possibly one of Jackie Chan’s best fight scenes ever. Seriously, I put it up there with Jackie’s fight at the end of Drunken Master 2.

It’s just such a classic set up for the match. Housed inside a recycling warehouse, 2 skilled combatants are ready to do battle. Jackie in all white, Allen in all black. Both ready to claim victory, but having solid respect for one another. See, this isn’t personal. This isn’t a fight to the death. This is purely a friendly, but fierce competitive match between 2 warriors.

Jackie is well matched against Allen, the first non-Chinese member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. Allen proves in spades why he was chosen for such a prestigious role, joining the ranks of famous Jackie opponents such as Benny “The Jet Urquidez, Hwang Jang-Lee, and Ken Lo, as he matches Jackie every step of the way in an amazing display of martial arts combat.

These 2 go at it at such a furious pace, that I’d be shocked to discover neither man got whiplash during shooting. Just exceptional choreography at lightning fast speed, with some laughs thrown in (remember, this IS a Jackie Chan movie after all), this climactic battle is truly one for the ages. But enough talking about it. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure, Jackie Chan vs Brad Allen!

About The Aurthor: With his mind utterly intoxicated off of a steady stream of movies, comics and cartoons, a young boy from Brooklyn, New York grew up to become the man known as… THE CINEMA DRUNKIE!!!

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