The eight highlights of this immortal adventure/action prototype (by AndreiPavlov)
To me this movie remains the very first with Mr Jackie Chan chronologically. It has some pure magic of adventure and style. Being a child, could not believe my eyes when "Asian Hawk" was fighting a load of cult members and then - black women in close-fitting outfit. The movie has not become outdated. It's still alive and kicking.One day "Operation Condor" was shown on our TV. Good, but nowhere near the original "Armour".Being back on track, just want to add that "The Armour of God" is one solid outstanding piece of cinema with a few incredible <more>
highlights. Nothing like this can be found in any other film on this planet. Here they are.1. Jackie fighting off a tribe of aboriginals and ruining their "sacrifice ceremony" an insane riding down the green hills upon the shield included .2. Cult members in black Arabian clothing with our good old kalashnikovs in their hands performing a kidnapping mission and shooting a reporter in the eye right through the glasses . It all is backed up by some dance-pop and looks like a music video. Does it sound politically correct? 3. Jackie and his friend escaping the deadly car attack by driving off in a smart Mitsubishi gadget on wheels leaving a vast explosion behind.4. Jackie starting an unforgettable fight with the evil monks in a spacious refectory. To me this scene is an absolute caprice. It just goes "bang!", "clank!", "dong!", "Aaaargh!", "sweeesh!", etc. The Jackie's kick that sends one of the cult leaders back in space on the knees and then still roundabout back on the floor in slow-mo is a touch of platinum.5. Jackie communicating with some women that look like black acrobatic witches and sound like sirens. The communication goes with the help of fists, feet, knees, and high heels. To say that these women are queer is to say nothing.6. Jackie talking some nihilistic trash about money and spitting out a chewing gum at the end of his fundamental speech.7. Jackie blowing the whole in-rock "monastery" to pieces and flying from a cliff down onto a balloon it looks so ridiculous and phoney but that's all right .8. Music playing throughout the whole film and adding a special flavour: some hot rock tunes are in play during the chase scenes, some dance-pop goes off during the notorious kidnapping, a sweet melodramatic song sounds when the trio are travelling, and a highly energetic song ends it all with an optimistic touch.This movie must be in top 10 among the best adventure/action flicks. Every single minute of this movie is hot and bombastic. It's a pity that Mr Jackie Chan was injured during the production and, suppose, could not unleash even more hysterical acts upon us.10 out of 10. Thank you for attention.
This is one of the coolest films EVER honest . Once you have seen it you will be trying to bounce polo mints off every piece of furniture in your house, and there's nothing better than seeing a pre-Hollywood Chan beating the hell out of several hundred monks with a bench, some plates, an apple or two, and other assorted implements.
If anything, watch it for the last ten minutes. (by ProfDave)
I watch about 10 to 30 films a month, from mainstream to independent features, and what qualifies as a great film, to me, is its ability to capture my attention every time I watch it. Boy, what a film. The ending was the whipped cream on this sundae; I'm not going to blow whatever plot there is to blow, but watch for an unrealistic jump from a cliff to a hot air balloon that's so ridiculous, it's funny, and the song at the end of the film that Jackie Chan sings, entitled 'High Up On High.' The film's an absolute gas! N.B. Are all of his characters referred to as <more>
Jackie Chan specialises in playing the likeable idiot. Here he plays the straight man, for a bit, but is soon in it up to his neck. In fact he is in trouble from the very beginning, and an old friend who turns up like the proverbial bad penny doesn't help. A cult of evil and totally ruthless monks are out to conquer the world or some such, when they are not having it off with local prostitutes. There is the little matter of the armour he has been tasked to retrieve, and other stuff that may go above your head, but forget the silly plot, this is Chan at his vintage best with ridiculous <more>
over-the-top comic book fight scenes and breathtaking stunts galore.
great start, slow middle, awesome ending (by jake-179)
This movie was actually made before "Operation: Condor." For some reason, they titled this movie as if it were a sequel. When Jackie decided to make this movie, he was being greatly influenced by the smash hit "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and wanted to make a movie in that adventure style. This movie could have been really, really great if it had been made entirely the way Jackie had it envisioned at the start of production. The movie has a great beginning, and then it is destroyed by an agonizing slow middle, and then it picks up again with an action packed ending. The <more>
reason the movie has that horrible middle is because of the stunt that went wrong at the beginning of the film. As all Jackie fans know, this is the film that almost killed Chan. In the beginning action sequence, he does this awesome chase scene where he is bounding across the walls of a castle. In the first take, Jackie actually made it across. But being a perfectionist, he tried for a second take. The first take partially broke the branch of the tree he jumps on, and on the second take, the branch broke completely, sending Jackie crashing to the ground and busting his head on a rock. I am mentioning all this because this is the reason the middle of the movie is so slow. Production could only be halted for a short time. They could not wait until Jackie had fully recovered. So, as soon as he was able to get out of bed, they re-wrote the middle part of the movie to exclude all the eye-popping stunts that Jackie had originally planned. They continued filming this lame, muddled attempt at a romance plot until Jackie was more healed. Once Jackie was back to 100 percent, they started filming the movie the way they had originally intended: with amazing stunts and incredible action choreography. The end of the movie picks up with Jackie, his side kick, and the love interest, infiltrating a castle run by monks, and they try to steal a treasure guarded by fiesty amazon women who wear lots of '80s style makeup. As ridiculous as that all sounds, the fight scenes at the end are among the best that Jackie has ever done. Its really amazing and a lot of fun to watch just for the choreography aspect. Check out one of the hardest hits I have ever seen, when one of the amazons comes flying at Jackie from about 8 feet in the air, he kicks her in mid flight, and she spins completely around and slams HEAD FIRST in to the dirt! I don't care if there was a stunt pad there, it is a HARD LANDING! OUCH! There is no way the stunt person walked away from that unharmed. The second movie "OPERATION CONDOR" was a lot better as a whole. That is one of my all time favorite Jackie Chan films, and I still watch it over and over again. But PART 2 the first of the films is definitely a must-see despite the confusing title . My recommendation is this: Get the movie, watch the first part until he escapes from the natives, then FAST FORWARD through the entiremiddle, DO NOT BOTHER to watch it, it is totally irrelevant, and start watching again as they infiltrate the castle. You wont be sorry. Don't believe all the other bad reviews about this film.
I really enjoyed this movie not just for the spectacular stunts but also the chemistry between Jackie Chan and Alan Tam. It's one of Jackie's most accessible Hong Kong films although it does sag a bit in the middle this is due to a severe accident Jackie had on set during the opening chase sequence. Filming couldn't be halted for long due to budget constraints so a lot of stunt sequences were dropped and more emphasis placed on the comedy which is hit and miss in places .There are some incredible sequences at the start an action packed chase and at the end of the film <more>
infiltrating the enemy base and a crazy escape plan . In between is some so/so comedy romance moments, the interplay between Jackie and Alan works really well at times producing some great comedy moments Alan's unwillingness to fight and his clumsiness when he does so really add to Jackies clowning.The bad guys are a bit of a letdown other than some supposedly female body guards who look like rejects from the Rocky Horror Show which produces an inventive and painful looking fight scene. The monks are fairly inept and it must be said what was really needed is a big boss at the end for Jackie to fight but other than these small complaint its a very enjoyable action flick.Well worth a watch great action with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure 8/10
Pretty good but not Chan's best. (by gangstahippie)
Rated R for Violence,Language and Brief Nudity. Quebec Rating:13+ Canadian Home Video Rating:14AI saw Armor Of God or in America Operation Condor 2 Armor Of God a fairly long time ago.To tell you the truth I hardly remember this film.In America this film was released after the film Operation Condor which in Hong Kong was the sequel to this film.But this film was released in America after so it is called Operation Condor 2.This film has the usual Jackie Chan charm.Great action,fight sequences and stunts with plenty of comedy on the side.This is one of the few R-rated Chan films actually.Armor <more>
Of God is a fairly good film but not Jackie Chan's best film.Runtime:90min 8/10