GenreAction, Comedy, Sport ProducersRaymond Chow, Leonard Ho CountryHong Kong
Release date21 January 1982 (1982-01-21) WriterJackie Chan, Jack Maeby (english adaptation), Edward Tang, Barry Wong CastJackie Chan (Dragon), Paul Chang Chung (Cowboy's Father), Michael Chan Wai-Man (Tiger (as Hui-Min Chen)), Cheng Kang-Yeh (Ah Dee), Corey Yuen Kwai (Lu Chen gang member), Mars (Cowboy) Similar moviesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Kung Fu Panda, Batman Begins, The Matrix Revolutions, Kung Fu Panda 3
Dragon Lord (Chinese: 龍少爺) is a 1982 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. It was originally supposed to be a sequel to The Young Master and even had the name Young Master in Love until it was changed to Dragon Lord. The film experimented with various elaborate stunt action sequences in a period setting, serving as a transition between Chan's earlier comedy kung fu period films (such as Drunken Master and The Young Master) and his later stunt-oriented modern action films (such as Project A and Police Story).
Dragon (Jackie Chan) tries to send a love note to his girlfriend via a kite but the kite gets away and as he tries to get it back, he finds himself inside the headquarters of a gang of thieves who are planning to steal artifacts from China.
Jackie Chan – Dragon Ho / Lung
Mars – Cowboy Chin
Hwang In-Shik – The Big Boss
Tien Feng – Dragon's Father
Paul Chang – Chin's Father
Wai-Man Chan – Tiger (as Hui-Min Chen)
Kang-Yeh Cheng – Ah Dee
Fung Feng – The Referee
Kang Ho – The Reteree
Fung Hak-on – The Killer King (as Ke-An Fung)
Kam-kwong Ho – The Commentator
Pak-kwong Ho – Spectator
Yeong-mun Kwon – The Hatchetman (as Kuen Wing-Man)
Mang Hoi – Lu Chen gang member
Lei Suet – Alice (as Sidney Yim)
Corey Yuen – Lu Chen gang member
Alan Chui Chung-San - Lu Chen gang member
Yuan-li Wu – The Matchmaker (as Yuen-Yee Ny)
Yan Tsan Tang – Smuggler
Po Tai – Ah Dum Pao (as Tai Do)
Clement Yip – Thug
Benny Lai – Braves' team player
Johnny Cheung – Smuggler
One of Chan's complex scenes involved a Jianzi game requiring many takes for a single shot. Dragon Lord went over budget and took twice as long to shoot as was originally planned due to Chan's many retakes of shots to get them exactly as he wanted them. The opening bun festival scene was originally intended to end the film but was moved as Chan wanted a spectacular opening to the film. The final fight scene, which takes place in a barn, also featured elaborate stunts, including one where Chan does a back flip off a loft and falls to the lower ground.
According to his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Chan injured his chin during a stunt, making it difficult to say his lines and direct.
This is the first Jackie Chan film that includes outtakes (bloopers), which was inspired by Jackie Chan from The Cannonball Run. His later films all include outtakes.
In its original Hong Kong theatrical run, Dragon Lord grossed HK $17,936,344. The film did not make as much as it was expected to in Hong Kong, but was a big hit in Japan.
Hong Kong Legends released the DVD on 25 August 2003 in the United Kingdom. Dimension Films released the film on DVD in the U.S. on 11 May 2004.
Joey O'Bryan of The Austin Chronicle rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote that the film, while not one of Chan's best, is an early attempt to take the genre into a new direction and set the stage for many of Chan's better, more-realized films. O'Bryan highlighted the film's climactic fight as a "worth the price of admission all by itself". TV Guide rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Aside from the meandering, stop-and-go screenplay, there's much to admire about the film. " John Sinnott of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars called it a "fun movie" that moves away from conventional martial arts films.