By: The Cinema Drunkie
Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you The Three Dragons in the climatic and classic final fight from My Lucky Stars! The Cinema Drunkie gets serious as he chats up this quintessential and epic brawl featuring Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan which showcases some of the fiercest and most jaw dropping action ever captured on film.
I don’t know a true action fan who doesn’t worship the ground that the three dragons walk on. And if you don’t know who they are, then… what the hell is wrong with you, man? I’m just kidding, but seriously, let’s get you familiar.
The three dragons are Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. All legends in their own right, they starred together numerous times, in such action classics as Project A, Wheels on Meals ( my personal favorite of theirs) and Dragons Forever. But, there were minor collaborations as well, particularly the Lucky Stars trilogy. In the three films, Sammo leads a merry band of screw ups, Jackie and Yuen making cameos throughout them all. One of those movies is today’s subject.
That film is the 1985 action comedy My Lucky Stars.
In it, Jackie plays Muscles, a cop hunting down a dangerous sect of the yakuza when his partner Ricky (Yuen Biao) is kidnapped. With nowhere else to turn, he calls upon his old orphanage buddy Skinny (Sammo Hung) and their friends to assist with tracking them down. Numerous hijinks ensue.
Truth be told, this film is more comedy than action. So if you’re looking for non-stop action, you’re going to be disappointed. You’ll also be massively disappointed if you go into this thinking it’s a Jackie Chan vehicle (but nobody would blame you for thinking so, as they put him dead smack on the cover), because he only has about 20 mins of screen time. And if you think that’s bad, Yuen Biao only has about 10 mins.
No, this is mainly a vehicle for Sammo and the lucky stars crew, and they do a great job bringing in the laughs. But you don’t care about that. You care about awesome action. And if you have the patience, you’ll find some of the most badass action at the climax of the movie, where Jackie, Sammo and Yuen shine as brightly as ever.
Sammo Hung is my favorite fight choreographer of all time, and this sequence is a perfect example of why I think he’s the best. The level of choreography here is expert in the extreme. Sammo (who also directed) maintains a fast and furious pace with the action without diluting the comedic tone of the rest of the movie, so it all blends together beautifully. He also performs his own choreography magnificently, and in style too, decked out in an elegant Charles Jourdan sweatsuit. Of course, Jackie is not to be out done, kicking just as much ass in a glorious Fila jumpsuit.
Well, that’s enough talking from me. Let’s say we just get into the fight already. So, without further ado, may I present to you… the climactic battle of My Lucky Stars.
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