Fantasy Mission Force (1983)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2012-01-03
Summary: Don't expect Citizen Kane...
Fantasy Mission Force is a fun, but completely scatter-brained film that will probably be viewed for it’s inclusion of Jackie Chan. It’s a veritable who’s who of Hong Kong stars at the time, with appearances by Jimmy Wang Yu, Brigitte Lin and Adam Cheng. There are a few variations and international edits, but even in it’s original form (I think), it’s hard to follow. It seemed like the directors tried to throw every type of genre into the mix and create one super-movie. You have musical numbers, slapstick comedy, comedic action, hardcore action with a bit of gore, ghosts and hopping vampires and finally a scene straight out of Mad Max with a Japanese Nazis attacking an outpost in a fleet of 70s station wagons and a bulldozer. I guess when you’re not sure how to end a film you just throw in the kitchen sink. None of it really makes any sense, but you probably just have to sit back and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. For those Chan fans, he is regulated mostly to providing comedic relief, but he does have one excellent scene where he takes on a bunch of his stunt team who are dressed as Amazon women. It’s relatively short but has some trademark athleticism and martial arts.

Overall it’s a mess, but I have to admit I was entertained. I went in not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

Reviewer Score: 7