The MedallionAugust 22, 2003
A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 4.8/10 (13,744 voted)
Critic's Score: 38/100
Stars: Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani
Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its magical powers for his own nefarious plans.
Writers: Alfred Cheung, Bennett Davlin
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
(as Anthony Wong)
(as Alexander Bao)
(as Lau Siu Ming)
Diana C. Weng
(as Diana Weng)
Chow Pok Fu
Wai Cheung Mak
(as Mak Wai Cheung)
Release Date: 22 August 2003
Filming Locations: Dublin Castle, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: HKD 149,975
(17 August 2003)
(19 October 2003)
Did You Know?
WILHELM SCREAM: First heard from Eddie when Snakehead grabs his chest in their fight in the forest. Heard a second time when Eddie sees Snakehead's face on the medallion.
When Jackie takes the "NOD" (night optical device) out of the water there is no lens cap on it, but when he puts it onto the click on his head there is a cap.
[Looking at his own corpse]
Is my nose really that big?
Entertaining, Fast-Paced Genre Melder
Every 1000 years a child is born who can wield the power of two halves
of a supernatural medallion, which can bestow superhuman strength and
immortality, as well as take life away. Snakehead (Julian Sands), your
typical crook with world domination ambitions, has discovered the
identity of a modern-day chosen child, and pursues him. Meanwhile, Hong
Kong police detective Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) and Interpol agents
Arthur Watson (Lee Evans) and Nicole James (Claire Forlani) have been
pursuing Snakehead because of his criminal activities, and stumble into
the grander scheme.
While The Medallion is certainly not a film without flaws, it is
satisfying on the whole if you approach it as a comic
book/cartoon-styled Jackie Chan actioner. The film combines even more
genres than that, actually, and there are times when it seems almost to
be a spoof of James Bond-styled thrillers. There are also more
straightforward comedy elements–especially when Evans is on screen,
the film almost becomes a slapstick farce–there are Matrix-styled
fantasy/action aspects, and there is a romance subplot. On top of all
of that, The Medallion moves very quickly. Director Gordon Chan packs a
lot of information into the film and barely pauses for a breath–if you
blink, you're likely to miss some bit of crucial action, a plot point,
or a joke.
In short, it's a complex stew of different genres, with a mixture of
adult themes and childlike lightheartedness, wrapped in a dense
mythology of fantasy and served at a non-stop, breakneck pace.
Undoubtedly, those qualities will turn off a great deal of viewers,
whether because they hate MTV/attention-deficit-disorder-styled
editing, genre hopping or a lack of real-world believability. I don't
mind any of those qualities, and in fact I tend to prefer films that
I only had two small complaints about The Medallion. One, it took me a
few scenes to get up to speed with the film, both plot-wise and in
terms of style. Once I got into the groove, though, I didn't want the
film to stop–enough that my second complaint is that the film was too
short (and in general, I strongly dislike the fact that most films seem
to be forced by studios to end within 90 minutes). I wanted to see more
of these characters, especially Evans, who stole most of the scenes he
appeared in. Jackie Chan fans seeking a return to films that are solely
kung fu-oriented will likely be disappointed, but if you have broader
tastes, The Medallion might hit the spot. An 8 out of 10 from me.