- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 1999
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Miramax Echo Bridge
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/10/1999
"...[An] enjoyable blend of action, romance and humor....The screen is filled with spectacular stunts..."
Box Office - 06/01/1999
"...An uproariously funny comedy that has long been considered one of Chan's very best..."
It is a tradition in the Hong Kong film community for actors and directors to donate their time and the profits from a film in order to raise funds for various causes. TWIN DRAGONS was part of an effort of the Hong Kong Directors Guild to build a new headquarters. Ringo Lam and Hark Tsui split the director's job and Jackie Chan splits the lead in two by playing twins separated at birth. They are brought back together when the nonviolent concert pianist John Ma comes to Hong Kong and becomes involved in the life of his streetfighting twin, Boomer. Although it is conceived as a comedy and an obvious satire of Jean-Claude Van Damme's own twin brother film, DOUBLE IMPACT, there is plenty of action, including both car and boat chases. A complicated love story develops, with the usual mistaken identity problems, when Tammy (Nina Li Chi) and Barbara (Maggie Cheung) keep wondering why their boyfriend's personalities keep changing. Cheung, who is best known for her stunning performance in Wong Kar-Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, plays the foil to both characters with her usual sparkle. Chan provides the well-choreographed fights. Directors Lam, Tsui, and John Woo make cameo appearances.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The world's greatest action hero, Jackie Chan (RUSH HOUR 1&2, RUMBLE IN THE BRONX), delivers twice the excitement and twice the fun in this nonstop, stunt-filled comedy thriller! Jackie plays Boomer, a streetwise martial arts expert living in Hong Kong and his long-lost twin brother, John, a classical musician from New York! They've never met ... but when John travels to Hong Kong to give a concert, these total-opposite identical brothers become unwittingly mixed up in a hilarious case of mistaken identity! With hard-hitting martial arts thrills and endless comedy hijinks, TWIN DRAGONS packs everything you've come to love about the wildly popular movies of stuntmaster Jackie Chan.
This Jackie Chan masterpiece features the high-flying hero at his comedic best in a double role as twins separated at birth; one is a famous conductor, the other a streetwise tough guy. Fate crosses their paths and their girlfriends for some hilarious mix-ups.
- The film was not successful enough to raise the money for the new building for the Directors Guild.
- The version released in the U.S. was dubbed into English with some unexpected comic results.