Episode #234: Collaboration with Jeremy Lesniak from Whistlekick – Benny the Jet vs. Jackie Chan from Wheels on Meals (1984)
This week, we have a special episode! Jeremy from the martial arts site and biweekly podcast, Whistlekick, and I are watching a fight scene from the movie Wheels on Meals and commenting on it. (You can listen to the same episode with a slightly different intro and outro on Whistlekick as well; it’s episode 471 on his show.) We are watching it half speed, which you can do on Youtube along with us by picking the playback speed (click on the gear in the lower right hand corner of the Youtube video window). Here’s the clip:
0:11 ground striking sequence with great choreography. Nice neckspring by Jackie Chan (JC).
0:20 note the eye contact – this is clearly a contest
0:23 Benny the Jet (BJ) takes off his jacket while doing a spin back kick
0:33 if you look closely you can see this spin hook kick is blocked – but not by much. Suspect the actors made a fair amount of contact while filming.
0:40 JC takes off his shirt to be manly. JC does stomp/push kick, ends up on his back as does BJ
0:57 Note the slight head nod … as if to say – good shot
1:12 BJ has JC “on the ropes” (“on the table”)
1:18 BJ does a nice spin crescent that snuffs out the candles – wonder how many takes it took for them all to go out?
1:30 JC gets nailed in the nose (happens several times during this fight)
1:54 nice sweep by BJ
2:00 unintentionally funny dubbing followed by JC using a chair as cover and for rest – start of round 2!
2:24 JC is loosening up, BJ seems much more static in contrast – much more than he does in his usual fights. Perhaps done intentionally?
2:42 vaguely Drunken Master style evasion by JC
2:56 BJ does a R leg mid round kick, JC avoids by dipping his upper body low and doing almost a meia lua de compasso with R hand on floor (capoeria style spin hook kick)
3:29 tickle escape
4:07 Manson Gibson / Kathy Long style spinning backfist by JC
4:12 lead leg R kick by JC setting up hands
4:46 close ups of JC pummeling BJ – though you can see most shots are blocked by BJ. Probably happening fast enough a lay audience may not pick it up?
5:16 flying knee from across the room, kind of like what we saw in Ong Bak years later
Do you have any suggestions about other martial arts movie fight scenes that would be good to delve into like this one? Leave a comment below or email me or Jeremy.
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