MR.CANTON AND LADY ROSE
Also known as Miracles, Black Dragon, Gangster Por un Pequeno Milagro, Kei Jik, Miracles-Der beste Boss der Unterwelt, Miracles-The Canton Godfather, The Canton Godfather
In 1989 I had the pleasure of working with my friends Jackie Chan and the late Anita Mui in this film which had a huge cast. It was like a reunion of old friends on the set. It didn’t do well at the box office when it was released, but watching the film again after all these years I can’t help but feel it could be a huge success if re-released today. (Look out for my long pony-tail?I DO miss all that hair!)
Below the stills is some information from the Internet.
Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong variation of Frank Capra’s “A Pocketful of Miracles” set in the 1930s. Jackie plays a country boy who rescues a gang boss. Jackie becomes the head of a gang through the purchase of some lucky roses from an old lady. Jackie and a singer at the gang’s nightclub try to do a good deed for the old rose-seller when her daughter comes to visit, all this while battling a rival gang. —Ronald Strong
Amazon.com video review: Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, and set in 1930s Hong Kong, Miracles is a gangster film that is equal parts comedy and action film, with a touch of melodrama thrown in for good measure. Chan stars as a young man who rescues a dying crime boss in 1930s Hong Kong. When the boss passes away, he is tapped to become the new leader. He attributes his good luck to an old rose seller and the roses he buys off of her. To pay her back for all of his good fortune, he helps her pretend to be a wealthy socialite, just as she had described herself in letters to her daughter in order to help impress her daughter’s wealthy fianc?and not queer their upcoming marriage. The plot is lifted from Frank Capra’s Lady for a Day (1933), which Capra remade in 1961 as Pocketful of Miracles. Of course, like all Jackie Chan films, this movie contains more–and more innovative–fight scenes than Capra could ever dream of. Two set pieces in particular are stunning: A big fight in a restaurant and the final battle in the warehouse of a rope factory. Along the way, Chan throws in a musical number inspired by Busby Berkeley and a whole lotta heart, making this a well-rounded and entertaining film, which Chan himself has allegedly referred to as his favorite. —Andy Spletzer
A typhoon destroyed many of the sets of the film. The crew had to rebuild to finish the production.
According to Jackie Chan’s autobiography, of all the movies he’s ever made, this is his favorite.
According to Jackie Chan’s autobiography, the film took 9 months to shoot and ended up costing over US$9 million, a staggering amount for a Hong Kong film at the time. The film bombed at the box office and the studio, Golden Harvest, was not happy. So in an attempt to recoup some box office, Chan made the globe trotting adventure Armour of God II: Operation Condor (Fei Ying Gwai Wak).