Twin Dragons (also known as Shuang long hui and Brother vs. Brother) is a 1992 Hong Kong action comedy film directed by Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, and starring Jackie Chan in a double role as twin brothers separated at birth.
Hong Kong film poster
|Mandarin||Shuāng Lóng Huì|
|Cantonese||Seong1 Lung4 Wui2|
|Directed by||Ringo Lam|
|Produced by||Teddy Robin|
|Written by||Barry Wong|
|Music by||Lowell Lo|
|Edited by||Marco Mak|
Hong Kong Film Directors Guild
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest|
Media Asia Distribution Ltd.
Seasonal Film Corporation
In 1965, a Hong Kong couple (Sylvia Chang and James Wong) are doting on their newborn twin boys. Meanwhile, a dangerous gang leader named Crazy Kung (Kirk Wong) is being transported as a captive in the same hospital. Crazy Kung escapes and attempts to take one of the twins hostage, and in the ensuing chaos the twins are permanently separated. One of them, named Ma Yau, is taken to America by his parents and grows up to be a concert pianist and conductor. The other, Ma Wan, is found and raised by a woman named Tsui (Mabel Cheung), and becomes a street racer and martial artist named Bok Min. For years, neither of them is aware that he has a twin brother.
26 years later, the twins' (Jackie Chan) lives intersect once again: Bok Min and his best friend Tarzan (Teddy Robin) get mixed up with a dangerous gang, while Ma Yau prepares to conduct a major concert in Hong Kong. In addition, the twins gain romantic interests: Bok Min meets Barbara (Maggie Cheung), a club singer Tarzan is interested in, and Wan becomes acquainted with Tong Sum (Nina Li Chi), a young woman from a respectable family who has a secret passion for fighter types. Eventually, the twins meet and discover a strange connection with each other. As a result, a string of hilarious mix-ups ensues when Ma Yau is accidentally enlisted by the gangsters to participate as an escape driver in the liberation of none other than Crazy Kung; Bok Min in turn is forced to conduct Yau's concert (which becomes a smash hit despite him having absolutely no musical talent); and the two of them end up with the other's girl as their respective love interest.
Eventually, things come to a head when Tarzan is kidnapped by the gangsters. The twins join up to defeat the gang that has turned their lives upside down, and in a showdown in a vehicle testing center Crazy Kung dies in a runaway crash test car with no seat belt on. The film ends with the impending double wedding of the twins to their girls and Bok Min's introduction to his real parents; but when Bok Min gets cold feet and Ma Yau goes looking for him, a final gag falls into place when the wedding guests catch the two twins together and are unable to tell them apart.
- Jackie Chan as Ma Yau / Bok Min (John Ma / Boomer in the American release)
- Maggie Cheung as Barbara
- Nina Li Chi as Tong Sum (Tammy in the American release)
- Teddy Robin as Tarzan (Tyson in the American release)
- Anthony Chan as hotel staffer
- Philip Chan as hotel manager Chen
- Sylvia Chang as the twins' mother
- James Wong as the twins' father
- Alfred Cheung as Boss Wing
- Jacob Cheung as cafe cashier
- Cheung Tung-jo as orchestra member
- John Keung as hotel security officer
- Chor Yuen as Uncle Tang (Tammy's father)
- Lau Kar-leung as doctor
- Kirk Wong as Crazy Kung
- Wong Lung-wai as Wai
- Lai Ying-chow as Tsao
- Jamie Luk as Rocky
- John Woo as priest
- Tsui Siu-ming as priest
- Eric Tsang as man talking on the phone
- David Wu as waiter
- Pa Shan as thug
- Ringo Lam as car mechanic
- Ng Sze-yuen as car mechanic
- Tsui Hark as car mechanic
- Clifton Ko as sports shop owner
- Tai Kit Mak
According to co-director Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam handled most of the action scenes in the film. The action in the film has a larger focus on actual martial arts rather than Jackie Chan's usual comedic style.
On the film's release in Hong Kong, Twin Dragons was the ninth highest grossing film of the year, earning HK$33,225,134 during its theatrical run. The film received an American release on 9 April 1999 in a dubbed version. The American release of the film cuts 16 minutes of scenes involving Wong Jing and Lau Kar-leung in a hospital and a fantasy scene involving Maggie Cheung singing. The film grossed a total of HK$8,332,431 in the United States.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 54, based on 15 reviews. The Austin Chronicle gave the film a positive review of three and a half stars out of five, noting that the film is "only for those who are fully on the bus with Jackie's approach...and who won't let a little bad (okay, execrable) English-language dubbing get in the way of their movie enjoyment." The A.V. Club gave a positive review, but noted that it "probably won't make anyone forget Dragons Forever, Wheels On Meals, Project A, or any number of other excellent Chan films" Some reviews critiqued the special effects, such as in Variety which noted "the camera trickery is glaringly cheesy in some shots, greatly undercutting the illusion of twin brothers in the same frame. When the two brothers first meet in a hotel lavatory, it's easy to see how two shots have been overlapped." TV Guide gave the film one star out of four, noting that it "suffers from some very dicey twinning effects when the brothers are in frame together. Only die-hard and undemanding Chan fans need apply." Jackie Chan was unhappy with how Twin Dragons came out to be primarily based on the special effects. Chan stated that he worked with Tsui Hark who he felt would provide the film with better special effects. Chan was so soured with the results of the special effects that he decided he would only attempt more special-effect based work in his American productions.
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