Two casual guys working in the catering business. Another guy who, quite coincidentally, finds himself in the private investigation business. A beautiful woman with serious issues with her personal life. And finally a bunch of remarkably bad guys soon to be overrun by three unstoppable dragons.
Not a very complicated story, but who cares? Wheels on Meals, set in sunny Barcelona, is a terrific action comedy. Though the plot is rather thin the fights and stunts are highly imaginative and entertaining and the comedy leaves nothing more to wish for. The three dragons are definitely in their element!
The chemistry between Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Biao Yuen is so perfect it’s pure joy to watch them together, and they all have their shining moments. But although the movie leaves much space for Sammo Hung’s and Biao Yuen’s fine comedy it is, in the end, Jackie Chan’s movie. He is absolutely radiant, as he always is when he gets to mix his special charm with his excellent fighing skills. And of course it ends with a spectacular fight, when he takes on one of his worst opponents, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez.
This is, by all standards, one of Jackie Chan’s finest fighting moments. The swift choreography, the notable number of great closeups and the generous use of slow motion adds to the quality and – as usual – no trick photography and no stunt doubles. Absolutely stunning!
Some years later Jackie Chan fought the Jet once again, in Dragons Forever, in another unforgettable fight. Whichever movie you prefer is a personal choice but for those who want to enjoy a fast and furious Hong Kong action comedy Wheel on Meals is definitely the perfect choice!
- Sammo Hung, Praised for His Kung Fu Films (nytimes.com)
- YouTube Movies: kung fu-flicks and spice chicks (niklasblog.com)