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The Medallion (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 22 August 2003 (USA)
A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.

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Lester (as Anthony Wong)
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Charlotte Watson
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Alex Bao ...
Jai (as Alexander Bao)
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Antiquerium Dealer (as Lau Siu Ming)
Diana C. Weng ...
Undercover Woman (as Diana Weng)
Pok Fu Chow ...
High Priest
Tat-Kwong Chan ...
Monk
Wai Cheung Mak ...
Monk (as Mak Wai Cheung)
Anthony Carpio ...
Guard Monk
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Storyline

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. Written by AB

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Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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22 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Highbinders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HKD 149,975 (Hong Kong), 17 August 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,111,324, 24 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,108,977, 19 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,268,701, 16 June 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to tour guides at Dublin Castle in Ireland, Jackie Chan hopped onto the throne during filming. This made him the first person to sit on the throne since King George V. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Nicole reached Watson's house and are talking outside, you see the reflection of the cameraman on the door. See more »

Quotes

Snakehead: [after fleeing the henchmen who are after the Medallion, Eddie runs into Snakehead in the forest] We meet again... Eddie Yang.
Eddie Yang: Where's the boy?
Snakehead: My guest is of no concern of yours. All that matters is that you have the other half of the medallion.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film are shown during the closing credits, ending with a shot of Eddie and Nicole flying through the air away from the castle. See more »

Connections

References Lee Evans: So What Now? (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Cue the Pulse to Begin
Written by Richard Jankovich
Performed by Burnside Project
Courtesy of Bar None Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Entertaining, Fast-Paced Genre Melder
13 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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 forgo realism.

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.


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