MOVIE REVIEW: Tao Goes Down in Comedic History in Jackie Chan’s Railroad Tigers
If you have ever watched and enjoyed Jackie Chan’s movies, you will certainly not be disappointed with Railroad Tigers. It comes to theaters in the US on January 6th and is released by Well Go USA. Jackie Chan and his hilarious group of small town rebels turned heroes give gut busting laughs from start to finish. Of course, no Jackie Chan film would be complete without amazing acrobatic stunts and some fun but realistic fight choreography. There’s no point in talking about the special effects or action. I mean, come on. It’s Jackie Chan. Of course it was five star.
Let’s get to what we all really want to know…how did Tao do (isn’t it great that we can use his name again, even though Z.Tao is still pretty cool)? Well, he wasn’t a baby Jackie Chan. Nor did he burn up the screen with passionate lines, but that in no way diminishes the fantastic job he did. Let’s start with the fact that the boy looks good in whatever he wears and since his is the first recognizable face you see, the tone is set from there.
His actions scenes were not only believable…, they were also quite cute.
Railroad Tigers starts and ends with a bang. Its set in the time of the Japanese invasion into China. An eclectic bunch of friends living in a small village are doing their part to stick it to the unwelcome soldiers occupying their town when the chance of a lifetime hits them. Tao is the passionate right hand man to Chan. He settles in nicely as the serious, but humorous sidekick. As is necessary in any action-comedy, one must walk a fine line between funny and believable. Tao lived up to expectations very well. His actions scenes were not only believable (those who remember from his idol days know that he studied martial arts as a child), they were also quite cute. He looked like a life-like Kung Fu Panda with those adorable dark circles. Now don’t expect him to be a scene-stealer. His role doesn’t warrant that kind of impact anyway. All that’s important is that he didn’t fade into the background. What really made him stand out was simply how natural he was. At no point did it feel like Tao didn’t fit in, which can sometimes happen with less experienced actors. He remained relevant, engaging and cool all throughout the movie.
Tao chose wisely when accepting this role. It’s definitely worth seeing him in Railroad Tigers. He was impressive in what’s sure to be a big screen hit. We can’t wait to see what he does next. Hopefully something with more action parts to show off his skills.
Railroad Tigers stars Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Huang Zitao, Wang Kai, Darren Wang, Alan Ng and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi.
Catch Well Go USA’s release of Railroad Tigers in a theater near you on January 6th. See below for locations where playing.