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Armour of God II:
Operation Condor
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"Can't you see that we're busy?"

Carol Cheng and Jackie Chan in Operation Condor
Chinese: 飛鷹計劃  
Year: 1991  
Director: Jackie Chan  
Asst. Dir: Frankie Chan Fan-Kei  
Cast: Jackie Chan, Carol Cheng Yu-Ling, Eva Cobo deGarcia, Ikeda Shoko, Aldo Sanchez, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong
The Skinny: Astounding action and clever set pieces are the reason to see this Jackie Chan flick. Hopefully, the poor political correctness won't put you off.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Jackie Chan returns as his character from Armour of God. Chan is the Asian Hawk (or Condor for short), an Indiana Jones-like adventurer/mercenary who combs the globe in search of rare artifacts.

In this installment, Condor finds himself on the trial of some buried Nazi gold. Aiding him are not one, but three comely females. Comedy superstar Carol Cheng is the map expert who tags along. Eva Cobo deGarcia is the granddaughter of Adolf, the guy who hoarded the Nazi gold (and no, heís not that Adolf). The third female is Ikeda Shoko as a Japanese traveler who sells handmade crafts for a living. Condorís enemies are some sniveling Arab grave-robbers and one of the ex-Nazi soldiers who hid the gold in the first place.

Together, all the principals go on a globe-trotting journey to exotic locales for well-choreographed mayhem. The set pieces in this film are among Chanís best, from an early motorcycle chase to the classic showdown in a wind tunnel. The choreography is fresh and inventive, and displays the Buster Keaton-ish charm that Chan became famous for.

Operation Condor also possesses some nearly unwatchable sequences between all the excellent action. For some reason, Chan chooses to use the Armour of God series to make his biggest PC blunders. The depiction of women and Arabic peoples, among others, mar the film. Itís harmless if youíre a relatively educated person, but sadly a great deal of people out there aren't. Still, this flick is a must-see for the jaw-dropping stunts and fights, and simply because Jackie Chan really canít do anything like this anymore. (Kozo 1992/1998)

 
Notes: • Acquired by Miramax/Disney, cut and dubbed, then released theatrically in the United States as Operation Condor.
Awards: 11th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination - Best Action Design (Jackie Chan's Stuntmen Association)
 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Intercontinental Video, Ltd.
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
Also see: Armour of God (1986)
 

image courtesy of Mega Star Video Distribution, Ltd.

   
 
 
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