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Film / The Medallion

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The Medallion (Chinese:飛龍再生) is a 2003 action comedy film co-written and directed by the Hong Kong film director Gordon Chan, and starring Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani and Julian Sands. It was much less successful than Chan's other American films such as the Rush Hour film series, Shanghai Noon and its sequel Shanghai Knights. The film was theatrically released on August 15, 2003 in Hong Kong and August 22, 2003 in the United States by TriStar Pictures.

In the story, Eddie Yang (Chan) is a Hong Kong police officer hired by the Interpol to capture a crime lord known as Snakehead (Sands) and prevent him from kidnapping a chosen boy with special powers and a medallion that gives superhuman power and immortality.


The Medallion provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Chosen One: A rare non-protagonist example is found on Jai, the current chosen one.
    • An In-Universe story tells this is done every one thousand years to bind the two halves of the title artifact.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: It takes a while for Eddie to get used to having super strength leading to him breaking things by accident.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Eddie after he is revived and empowered by the medallion.
  • Evil Brit: Snakehead.
  • Immortality Immorality: Snakehead was already a bastard to begin with, but after becoming immortal with the power of the medallion, he gives Eddie a speech about how powerful, godlike, and unstoppable they both are and that they can do whatever they want with no consequences.
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  • Immortality Inducer: The titular medallion. However it can only be achieved by having both halves of the medallion in one's power, as only one half can give Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Speed while the other only gives Mind over Matter powers and Super Strength.
  • Immortality Seeker: Snakehead.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Eddie and Watson have an argument in the Interpol offices that makes it sound like they're bitter over the end of a sexual relationship. To make things even more embarrassing, Eddie's ex-girlfriend is present.
    Watson: We had a good thing going and you left.
    Watson: You didn't like me always being on top.
    Eddie: Okay, you can be on top - let's just do it together, okay?
  • Living MacGuffin: Jai is implied to be this.
  • Taking You with Me: After Eddie Yang throws the medallion at Snakehead to take away the life it gave him, the fish and the dragon in the medallion appear to take him. The latter attempts to trap Eddie in the medallion too, but fails.
  • Thanatos Gambit: After having the Chosen One successfully captured, Snakehead poisons himself while forcibly clutching to Jai's hand with the medallion for both them to bring him back to life.
  • The Exit Is That Way: Watson, infuriated at the prospect that Eddie may be replacing him, storms out out of the room. There is a pause, before an exasperated Hammerstock-Smythe informs him Watson that he is in the filing cabinet.
  • The Quiet One: Jai doesn't speak for most of the film.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Snakehead is about to lose the life the medallion gave him, he attempts to trap Eddie Yang into the medallion as well.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Snakehead planned to kill Jai after obtaining the medallion's power. However, he finds out that Jai only had one half and decides to keep him alive until he gets the other half.