Jackie Chan directs and stars in this loose remake of Frank Capra’s A Pocketful of Miracles. Chan plays Cheng Wah Kuo, a down-on-his-luck Hong Kong man who accidentally gets caught in the midst of a gang war and is appointed leader of one of the gangs. Kuo attributes this fortuitous turn to a rose he purchased from a poor woman (Ya-lei Kuei), and he comes to her aid when she needs to save face and impress her daughter’s wealthy fiancée.
Hong Kong’s cheeky, lovable and best known film star endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong’s manic martial arts cinema industry.
Jackie Chan was born “Kong-sang Chan” on Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Peak on April 7th, 1954 to Charles & Lee-Lee Chan, and the family emigrated to Canberra, Australia in early 1960. The young Jackie Chan was less than successful scholastically, so his father sent him back to Hong Kong to attend the rigorous China Drama Academy, one of the Peking Opera Schools. Chan excelled at acrobatics, singing and martial arts and eventually became a member of the “Seven Little Fortunes” performing troupe and began life long friendships with fellow martial artists / actors Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and Biao Yuen. Chan journeyed back and forth to visit his parents and work in Canberra, but eventually he made his way back to Hong Kong as his permanent home.
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A style of filmmaking that died with the Hollywood musical, and it took Jackie Chan to show us what had been lost.
Jackie Chan has long hailed "Miracles" as his personal favorite of the films he's directed and it's not hard to see why. The movies features lavish production values and some dazzling crane work and tracking shots; the credit outtakes show Jackie was frequently operating the camera himself. At times "Miracles" almost feels like a loveletter to Hollywood filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. The film's failure at the box office led Jackie into a string of James Bond-style action blockbusters, which is almost a shame since "Miracles" still stands out from the rest of his canon thanks to its earnest but affecting story. While the last act admittedly grows a little long-winded as Jackie lets Richard Ng run wild with his "Lucky Stars"-style shtick, I have to give "Miracles" 5 stars regardless. The Capra-lifted story and bravado action sequences represent Jackie Chan at his most effortlessly entertaining.