- Miracles (film)
name = Miracles/ Qiji /Mr. Canton and Lady Rose
caption = UK DVD Cover of Miracles
Jackie Chan Anita Mui Ah Lei Gua
released = January 1989
runtime = 127 mins (varies from country to country)
language = Cantonese, English(Dubbed)
amg_id = 1:33621
imdb_id = 0098019
Traditional Chinese:奇蹟 pinyin: "qí jī"; Cantonese: "Ji ji") is a 1989 Hong Kongaction film directed and written by Jackie Chan, who also plays the lead role. The film is set in 1930s Hong Kongand is a variation of Frank Capra's " Lady for a Day" and " Pocketful of Miracles", which in turn were based on a short story by Damon Runyon, "Madame La Gimp".
"Miracles" features many well-known Hong Kong actors, including
Anita Muiand Wu Ma, and is considered one of Jackie Chan's most sophisticated directorial effortsThomas, Brian. "Videohound's Dragon: Asian Action & Cult Flicks", Gale Group, 2002.] .
Jackie plays Kuo Cheng-Wah, a kindhearted country boy who is quickly cheated out of all his money when he arrives in
Hong Kong. Depressed and destitute, he encounters Madame Kao (Ah Lei Gua), a poor woman selling flowers on the street; she urges him to buy a red rose, saying it will bring him luck. He demurs at first, shaking his head sadly, then finally agrees.
His fortunes immediately take a dramatic turn when he stumbles into a gang war, and renders assistance to a dying gang leader. The leader makes Kuo his successor due to a pun, then dies. Kuo, awed, attributes his luck to Madame Kao's rose, and takes to buying one from her every day thereafter.
Kuo starts a nightclub, where he falls in love with a singer (
Anita Mui); they vow to do good deeds rather than committing crimes. Before a meeting with a rival boss, Kuo goes to buy his usual rose from Madame Kao, but she is not at her post. He searches for her, and finds her terribly upset over a letter she has just received. The letter is from her daughter, Belle ( Gloria Yip), a student in Shanghai whom Madame Kao has been supporting, all the while concealing her sufferings and leading her to believe that she is a rich society woman in Hong Kong. Now, she is coming to visit, bringing her wealthy fiance and his parents, and Madame Kao is afraid that her poverty will bring disgrace on her daughter.
Kuo offers to help, buying Madame Kao expensive new clothes and arranging a lavish party for her, to which he invites some of his disreputable friends on the condition that they impersonate the local dignitaries. Meanwhile, a gang war is in full swing, putting Kuo's life in danger and providing ample opportunity for Jackie Chan's trademark stunts. The climactic stunt sequence consists of a lengthy scene of hand-to-hand combat set in a rope factory.
Cast & Crew
Jackie Chan- 'Charlie' Cheng Wah Kuo
Anita Mui- Luming Yang
Ah Lei Gua- Madam Kao (as Yah-Leh Gui)
Chun Hsiang Ko- Tiger
Wu Ma- Uncle Hai
Bill Tung- Tung
Gloria Yip- Belle
Yuen Biao- Cameo
* Directed by
* Produced by
* Written by
* Stunt Coordinator
Details & Trivia
*Other names for this film include: "Black Dragon", "Miracle", "Miracles: The Canton Godfather" (UK) (video box title), "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose".
*Awards: Won 'Best Action Choreography' at the
Hong Kong Film Awardin 1990. Was also nominated for three other awards at the same ceremony, including; Best Actor - Jackie Chan; Best Art Direction - Eddie Maand Best Film Editing - Peter Cheung.
* According to Jackie's autobiography, Miracles is his favourite film that he has made.
* A typhoon destroyed many of the sets of the film so the crew had to rebuild to finish the production.
* Jackie Chan is an ardent fan of Hollywood musicals, and "Miracles" pays tribute to that genre.
* One of the cast members died on the set after falling.
*Jackie Chan did a dangerous stunt where he had to flip backwards on a ricksaw, but it was not successful and resulted in a deep cut over his left eye.
Awards and Nominations
Hong Kong Film Awards
**Won: Best Action Choreography
**Nomination: Best Actor (
**Nomination: Best Art Direction (
**Nomination: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)
List of Hong Kong films
Jackie Chan filmography
* [http://www.jackiechan.com/about/about_filmography_80s.html "Miracles" at Jackie Chan.Com]
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