Wheels on Meals (1984)
Reviewed by: dragyn on 2001-02-18
Summary: The Best Fight On Celluloid
The joy of "Wheels on Meals" (as with all Jackie Chan movies) lies not in the plot, but rather in the fighting and stunts. Here, we are also lucky enough to find the extra treat of Jackie Chan, Samo Hung and Yuen Biao all onscreen silumtaneously.

The humour is good too, made extra enjoyable by the playful interaction between the three opera school "brothers". As ever, there is an annoying female, this time coming in the shape of former Miss Spain, Lola Forner, who Chan abviously liked enough to revive later and cast alongside him in "Armour of God".

The real treat comes with the final fight, which takes place inside a castle no less. It pits Chan against famed kickboxer and Japanse folk-hero Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, and Biao against kickboxing champ Keith Vitali, and Hung against a guy with a sword (I don't know his name!).

Both Biao and Hung put in good, solid fights, while Chan gives his greatest fight on film. He dances and shrugs and skips, making the powerful Urquidez look almost sluggish by comparison, although he certainly makes a very formiddable, believable aponent. There is enough comedy injected into the scene to make the whole affair light-hearted, but the action is very real and solid.

Many people have named this legendary fight as the greates fight ever captured on celluloid. It certainly stands as the ebst I have seen; I even prefer it to Bruce Lee's amazing fight with Chuck Norris in "Way of the Dragon", because the Chan/Urquidez fight has the added and welcomed ingredient of comedy.

Interesting trivia: "Wheels on Meals" was originally called "Meals on Wheels" but Golden Harvest changed the name when they decided that "M" was an unlucky letter to begin with.