This week on Alcohollywood, we delve into Jackie Chan’s early Hong Kong career with the bizarre creature Fantasy Mission Force – a mixture of The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, Drunken Master and a whole bunch of crack, the film follows an incomprehensible band of travelers (with occasional visits by a lecherous, wise-guy Jackie Chan) who are meant to rescue several nonspecific generals who have been captured behind enemy lines.
In this scattershot hero’s journey, all manner of rented costumes are used to full effect as the Fantasy Mission Force encounters a group of Amazons led by a fey man in a tuxedo, Chinese Nazis driving American muscle cars, Asian Scotsmen, and many more strange horrors. Part of the charm (and the frustration) of the film is just how hyperactive it is, but if you can ride with the bizarre energy you can have a lot of fun laughing at it. While Jackie Chan isn’t in it much, his fight scenes are as dynamic and skillful as ever, so if you’re a Chan fan, you’ll still get your money’s worth (which is no money, since it’s on Youtube)! Check out our review, drinking game and cocktail here!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Chinese Costume Chamber
2 parts Baijiu
1 part ginger liqueur
splash, orange syrup
dash, habanero shrub (or sriracha)
Combine and stir.
DRINKING RULES FOR FANTASY MISSION FORCE:
- Whenever you see a new crazy costume
- Every time it feels like a new movie starts (Also shout “New Movie!” at the screen)
- Whenever characters laugh inexplicably at the end of sentences
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
One of the Chinese Nazis says matter-of-factly, “We know you came for the hostages, but let me tell you….I’ve got the hostages!”
Next week, we’re saddling up and returning to the Wild West for the first time in quite awhile, with the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars!