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Wheels On Meals
cast: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lola Forner, and Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez

director: Sammo Hung

98 minutes (15) 1984 widescreen ratio 16:9
Hong Kong Legends DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 8/10
reviewed by Debbie Moon
Chinese brothers Thomas and David have emigrated to Spain, and now run a fast-food van in the local marketplace. When the beautiful Sylvia hides out in their van, and turns out to be connected to a case being investigated by their incompetent detective friend Moby, they find themselves caught up in a tale of stolen inheritances, evil schemes, and an impending deadline for Sylvia to claim what is rightfully hers...

This unusual chop-socky, filmed on location in Spain, is a hugely enjoyable romp blending the castles and wicked noblemen of European romance with the comedy and action of the east. Wheels On Meals (aka: Kwai tsan tseh) might not make a lot of sense, but who cares? The multi-talented Sammo Hung provides the comic relief as the naive Moby, and Jackie Chan and Yuen Baio are the warm-hearted brothers competing for the affections of the lovely Lola Forner, who is more of a mischievous femme fatale than a traditional helpless heroine.

With a stronger plot than most kung fu movies, and plenty of laughs, this will appeal even to those who find traditional martial arts films too action oriented - though the finale provides enough conflict to keep everyone else happy too. A fun movie that proves you can blend different filmmaking traditions and still create something unique and enjoyable.

For a film of this vintage, it has an embarrassment of riches in the DVD extras. The first disk has a commentary by the inescapable Bey Logan, and some text about future attractions. The second carries two trailers, two sequences of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage (especially for those who've always wanted to see Jackie Chan fall off a skateboard), and several interviews. As well as Sammo Hung and Yuen Baio, veteran director Stanley Tong and Hollywood action director Brett Ratner appear, the latter talking mainly about the making of Rush Hour and his longstanding admiration for Jackie Chan. The Fight Club section contains interesting featurettes on action stars and fight arrangers Benny Urquidez and Keith Vitali (chief henchmen in Wheels On Meals).

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