Twin Dragons

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

What do a mechanic and a concert pianist have in common? In the slapstick martial arts comedy TWIN DRAGONS, they are identical twins separated at birth and reunited as adults. Boomer (Jackie Chan), a martial arts expert, gets into trouble with the Hong Kong mob when he fails to pay a bet to a mob boss. When Boomer runs away to China to escape the mob, he stumbles into his world famous as yet unknown twin brother, John Ma (also Jackie Chan). John, a great musician but lousy fighter, gets mistaken for Boomer by the mob. Keeping their twin identity a secret from the mob involves, among other comical turnabouts, the unmusical Boomer conducting an orchestra concert and the non-aggressive John trying to hold his own in kung fu fights. Given his recent popularity, devotees will probably turn out to see Jackie Chan's famous stuntwork in TWIN DRAGONS, but the poor production quality of this 1992 Hong Kong made film may drag down the U.S. box office.

In usual Jackie Chan style, this English dubbed martial arts film has comical twists. Car explosions, rapid fire gunfights, men being hit by cars and trucks, a man on fire, and another man killed in a car test crash at a Misubishi factory - not to mention the abundance of martial arts fight scenes - are all presented in a lighthearted manner. But lighthearted trivializes the amount of moderate to graphic violence. Although several obscene words and a few profanities are used, its 27 mild and moderate crudities really mar the dialogue. Along with the frequent violence, some sexual content is also thrown in. Episodes consist of some suggestive touching, implied sexual intercourse, a man and woman bathing together, innuendo about intercourse, some fleeting female nudity, and sexual flirting. TWIN DRAGONS has good comic potential, but its lost in the frequent violence, objectionable language and sexual content.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (27) times - Mild 15, Moderate 12

Obscene Language: Several (5) times (s-word 4, other 1)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 2 (Gd), Exclamatory 2 (Oh My G, Oh G)

Violence: Many times - Moderate to Graphic (rapid fire gunfights, bloody body in hospital, man dragged behind car, people thrown against tables and walls, extreme martial arts fighting with kicking, hitting and punching, high speed chase, man harpooned, boat crashes with with car, man hit by truck, man's arm bitten, car explosions, man on fire, man killed in car crash test)

Sex: Implied once (man and woman in bed with near nudity)

Nudity: Once (fleeting side breast nudity); Near Nudity: Few times (woman in low cut dress, man and woman under bedcovers, man in towel, man and woman in bathtub together)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Man grab woman's buttocks, sexual innuendo/flirting, kissing and caressing, man gives gives woman massage, crude reference to sexual intercourse, man and woman taking bath together, comments about sleeping with girlfriends

Drugs: Cigarette smoking, drunk woman with liquor bottle, social drinking

Other: Violence is comical and trivialized; poor quality voice dubbing, editing, and special effects

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and young adults

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