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Director  Sammo Hung
Sequel  Heart of Dragon
Duration  
Language  Cantonese
7.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Comedy, Crime
Producer  Raymond Chow
Country  Hong Kong
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Release date  17 August 1984 (1984-08-17)
Writer  Edward Tang, Gwing-Gai Lee
Cast  Jackie Chan (Thomas), Sammo Hung (Moby), Yuen Biao (David), Lola Forner (Sylvia), Benny Urquidez (Benny), Keith Vitali (Keith)
Similar movies  Blackhat, Let's Be Cops, Salt, Sherlock Holmes, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Secret Window
Tagline  Not since Don Quixote has Spain had so much fun!

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Wheels on Meals (traditional Chinese: 快餐車; simplified Chinese: 快餐车) is a 1984 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao.

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Plot

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Thomas and David are cousins who run a fast food van in Barcelona. The food is delivered by Thomas, who rushes around the square on a skateboard. After fending off a biker gang they continue business as normal.

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They pay a visit to David's father, who is in a mental institution, and bump into Sylvia, the daughter of David's father's girlfriend. Thomas encourages his cousin to try to ask her out on a date, but David chickens out of this, making the excuse she would have said no anyway.

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Later that night, while at the van serving food, Thomas inadvertently bumps into Sylvia, who is pretending to be a prostitute. She is actually a pickpocket, and she robs a man in a bedroom and runs away to their fast food van.

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Both Thomas and David are enamored by her, but after allowing her to stay in their apartment that night, they wake to find Sylvia and their money gone. The next day, they bump into Moby, a bumbling private investigator who is also tracking Sylvia. They later discover that Sylvia is the heir to a sizable inheritance that a criminal gang is trying to steal from her. When she is kidnapped, Thomas, David and Moby team up to save her, infiltrating the villains' castle and defeating them in a martial arts battle. The final scene of the film shows David, Thomas and Sylvia reunited. Sylvia asks for a summer job, and Moby asks David and Thomas if they wish to work as private detectives with him, which they refuse.

Cast

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  • Jackie Chan – Thomas
  • Sammo Hung – Moby
  • Yuen Biao – David
  • Lola Forner – Sylvia
  • Benny Urquidez – Thug #1
  • Keith Vitali – Thug #2
  • Herb Edelman – Henry Matt
  • José Sancho – Mondale
  • Susanna Sentís – Gloria
  • Paul Chang – David's father
  • Amparo Moreno - Susana
  • Richard Ng – Mental Patient (Brilliant)
  • John Shum – Mental Patient (Laughing)
  • Wu Ma – Mental Patient (Clock)
  • Lau Sau-leung – Mondale Punk
  • Blackie Ko – Delinquent Biker
  • Mars
  • Stanley Fung
  • Title

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    The film's title was supposed to be Meals on Wheels. Superstitious Golden Harvest executives however demanded the title change because their two previous films with titles began with the letter 'M' – Megaforce and Menage A Trois – were both box office flops.

    Casting

    The three action star brothers, Yuen, Chan and Hung, are long time best friends and had been Peking Opera School colleagues in their youth. The release of Wheels on Meals came in the midst of their most prolific period working together as a trio. The three men had acted together on Chan's Project A and the first of Hung's original Lucky Stars trilogy, Winners and Sinners in 1983. Wheels on Meals was released in 1984, and a year later they were reunited twice more for the Lucky Stars semi-sequels My Lucky Stars and Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars. This was something of a golden period for Hong Kong cinema-goers, as three of the nation's most beloved action stars performed together on screen.

    The film also features cameo appearances from fellow Lucky Stars Richard Ng and John Shum as mental patients in the hospital attended by the father of Yuen's character.

    Wheels on Meals was the first of two films which paired star Jackie Chan against former professional kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez (the other being the 1988 film Dragons Forever). Their fight in this film is typically regarded as one of the greatest on-screen martial arts fights ever performed. At one point in the final battle between the pair, a spin-kick performed by Urquidez is so quick that the resulting airflow extinguishes a row of candles. This is shown onscreen, with no cuts or trick photography.

    Co-star Lola Forner appeared in another Jackie Chan film, Armour of God (1987).

    Filming

    Audio commentator Bey Logan explains why Sammo Hung decided to shoot the film outside of Hong Kong. By the time it was made in 1984, shooting in Hong Kong had become practically impossible – firstly, because the action stars had become so famous that they could not walk through the streets with impunity, and secondly due to the mounting difficulties in obtaining a permit from the government in order to film in Hong Kong. Bruce Lee had paved the way for Hong Kong filmmakers shooting abroad with the 1972 film Way of the Dragon, whose location filming was done in Italy, whereas the interiors had been shot at Golden Harvest studio.

    When Hung took his cast and crew to Barcelona, he wanted to strongly establish the locations in Barcelona as real, and to avoid shooting interiors at Golden Harvest. In comparison to Hong Kong, the Spanish authorities were very cooperative in allowing the use of locations for filming, even for car chases and fight scenes.

    Awards and nominations

  • 1985 Hong Kong Film Awards:
  • Nominated: Best Action Choreography
  • Box office

    Wheels on Meals grossed HK $21,465,013 in its Hong Kong theatrical run.

    Home release

    On 30 January 2006, DVD was released in a two disc platinum edition at Hong Kong Legends in UK in Region 2.

    Unlike the majority of Chan's later films, the standard DVD release of Wheels on Meals does not contain the usual outtakes over the final credits. However, a VHS release of the film did exist in the mid-1980s under the title Spartan X, which has the outtakes intact.

    Video game

    A tie-in arcade video game was developed by Irem, originally released in Japan as Spartan X (the movie's Japanese title). It was retitled Kung-Fu Master for worldwide release without using the movie's license.

    References

    Wheels on Meals Wikipedia
    Wheels on Meals IMDbWheels on Meals themoviedb.org


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