Heart of Dragon
Heart of Dragon, released in the United Kingdom as Heart of the Dragon, is a 1985 Hong Kong action drama film directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jackie Chan, Emily Chu and Mang Hoi. It also features Yuen Biao serving as the action director for the film.
|Heart of Dragon|
|Mandarin||Lóng Dé Xīn|
|Cantonese||Lung4 Dik1 Sam1|
|Directed by||Sammo Hung|
|Produced by||Chua Lam|
|Written by||Barry Wong|
|Music by||Violet Lam|
|Edited by||Peter Cheung|
Bo Ho Film Company Ltd
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest|
|Box office||HK$20.3 million|
It is also known by the titles as The First Mission and Powerman III.
The film is unusual in that although featuring Sammo Hung and Lam Ching-ying, two actors famed for their kung fu abilities, neither actually perform any martial arts. Golden Harvest had wanted Hung to perform fight scenes in the film, but he refused, rationalising "My character was mentally retarded, mentally disabled, so how can you ask me to fall down and suddenly become well again? And fight? They knew my fighting skills and wanted me to be part of the action but I thought that would have completely destroyed the tone of the film, the principles behind the film."
The action is left to Chan and his fellow CID officers, Mang Hoi, Yuen Wah, Peter Chan and Corey Yuen. Despite the relative lack of action scenes, the film was nominated for the Best Action Choreography award at the 5th Hong Kong Film Awards in 1986. It was beaten by Chan's Police Story.
The bad guys are led by James Tien and include Dick Wei, Chung Fat, Phillip Ko and Kao Sau-leung. The film also features a small role for Wu Ma as a restaurant owner, and like My Lucky Stars, Sammo Hung's real life brother makes a cameo appearance as a Policeman (who walks into Inspector Wong's office without knocking).
Cast and roles
- Jackie Chan as Ted / Tat Fung (doubled by Yuen Biao)
- Sammo Hung as Danny / Dodo Fung
- Emily Chu as Jenny
- Mang Hoi as Yan
- Lam Ching-ying as SWAT Team Commander
- Peter Chan as SWAT Team Member
- Chin Kar-lok as Lok
- Yuen Wah as SWAT Team Member
- Corey Yuen as SWAT Team Member
- Melvin Wong as Inspector Wong
- Dennis Chan as Waiter
- Anthony Chan as Private Teacher
- Chung Fat as Moose / Cho Yee-fat / Fa
- James Tien as Mr. Kim
- Dick Wei as Kim's Man
- Phillip Ko as Kim's Man
- Shan Tai as Kim's Man
- Kao Sau-leung as Kim's Man
- Kong Chow as Kim's Man
- Billy Ching as Kim's Man
- Tai San as Kim's Man
- Wu Ma as Cafe Owner
- Soh Hang-suen as Cafe Owner's wife
- Lam Ying-fat as Edmond Pang Kwok-wah
- Lee Ka-ho – Heung Chi-ming
- Tze Man-ha – Mrs. Chee / Grandma
- Tai Bo as Kenny
- Lee Hoi-sang as Thug at restaurant
- Fung Hak-on as Thug at restaurant
- Chiu Chi-ling as Thug at restaurant
As this was intended as a dramatic film, showing a different side of Hung's acting abilities, it contains comparatively few action scenes. Two additional fight scenes were filmed, but these were cut from both the domestic Hong Kong print and the international print of the film. Due to the demands of certain markets, these scenes were included in some prints of the film, notably the Japanese release. They are included as additional features on the US, UK and Australian DVD releases of the film.
Awards and nominations
|Awards and nominations|
|5th Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Director||Sammo Hung||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Jackie Chan||Nominated|
|Best Action Choreography||Sammo Hung Stunt Team||Nominated|
|Best Original Film Score||Violet Lam||Nominated|
|Best Original Film Song||Song: Who Could Be Dependent (誰可相依)
Composer: Violet Lam
- Sammo Hung (August 2004). Heart of Dragon, "Different Strokes" interview with Sammo Hung (DVD). Contender Entertainment Group.
- "The Action Mutant Reviews : Heart Of Dragon". Theactionmutant.blogspot.in.