April 09, 2006

Mr. Nice Guy

Dear Man Who Introduced me to the Unsurpassed Joy of Jackie Chan Films:

Hi! So! Operation Condor, yeah, it had no plot, but it was great. First Strike? Great. And I'll take your word for it that the DVDs ordered direct from Hong Kong in the original Mandarin-or-whatever are even extra great.

Me gusta Jackie Chan. íSi! Did you know I even tried to watch the Disney version of Around the World in 80 Days? Even though it sucked? Even though, five minutes into it, I knew I could not continue? On account of the suckage? But I persevered for what must have been, gosh, almost 20 minutes. Just because it had Jackie Chan in it. JUST BECAUSE. I love him THAT MUCH.

So, thank you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for enriching my world with the J-to the A-to the C-to the K-to the I-to the E to the C-to the H-to the A-to the N.

Yes, I typed all that by my own self. Because I love Jackie Chan films that much. This is all your fault.

HOWEVER.

Why, why, WHY did you not mention to me that Mr. Nice Guy combines celebrity-cheffing with the trademark Jackie Chan ass-kicking? This is like Iron Chef if Iron Chef were any good anymore. Hey, how would you expect me to deal with the one-two knockout punch of celebrity-cheffing and ass-kicking? Would you expect me to spontaneously combust with happiness? Because I think you would perhaps be justified in thinking that!

The man makes fresh pasta from scratch, WITHOUT A PASTA MAKER. I mean he makes it using only the dexterity of his hands. And then, and then, God bless him, he kicks all kinds of ass.

This is my movie. If it only contained an Uncle Bob, and tequila, and an easily-expressed moral, it would surpass Urban Cowboy as my movie. Oh, yeah, the plot?--I don't CARE. It has celebrity-cheffing, and it has ass-kicking, in the same film. This movie officially RULES MY WORLD.

I am just saying, it was very mean of you not to tell me about it. And even if you told me about it and I forgot, YOU SHOULD HAVE REMINDED ME.

Love,

Ilyka

Posted by Ilyka at April 9, 2006 02:48 AM in trivia
Comments

Ok. Now I'll have to go rent it. Cause like, I think Jackie Chan is ...well, I think you said it all!

And Iron Chef. Damn it, Ilyka, toss in a reference to Lowe's and DIY home improvement (Power toooools {---- Homer drool) and you'll have hit the trifecta for me!

Posted by: Darleen at April 9, 2006 07:23 AM

It also has a fight in a construction site for what has to be the strangest building ever designed, with rooms that are 6 square feet but have doors on all four walls, plus the infamous doors leading to NOWHERE. And an appearance by the one and only Sammo Hung. Mr. Nice Guy is pure Jackie Chan.

By the way, my favorite is still Project A. No cooking that I can recall, but in terms of sheer ass-kickery, it cannot be surpassed. Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in a period film that includes one of Jackie's best stunts ever, a recreation of the clock tower scene from Harold Lloyd's Safety Last (except that Jackie falls, and falls a LONG WAY DOWN, and then gets up and walks away, all in one shot).

Posted by: sansioy at April 9, 2006 02:16 PM

Don't forget the Jackie Chan cartoon

http://www.sony*pictures.com/tv/kids/jackiechan/index.htm

(Spamfilter dosen't like Sony, aparently)

Posted by: francis at April 9, 2006 02:24 PM

Shangai Noon
Shangai Nights
Drunken Boxer

Posted by: Craig R. at April 11, 2006 05:42 PM

Did you see the Diet Pepsi commercial with Jackie Chan, where Diet Coke is the stand-in? Very cute.

Jackie to Pepsi: "Watch my back!"

Posted by: Dr Alice at April 15, 2006 09:33 PM