Miracles (1989)

November 17, 2007 • Film, Reviews

AKA: Mr. Canton and Lady Rose; Black Dragon; The Canton Godfather; Singapore Sling

[Country: Hong Kong; Director: Jackie Chan; Producer: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung; Writer: Jackie Chan]

Cast: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui Yim-Fong, Gloria Yip Wan-Yi, Wu Ma, Richard Ng Yiu-Hon, Bill Tung Piu, Ray Lui Leung-Wai, Billy Chow Bei-Lei, Gua Ah-Leh, Cameo Appearance: Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau

Running Time: 102 min.

Plot: A GODFATHER-inspired martial-arts thriller that’s set in Hong Kong in the 1930s, where a penniless country boy rescues a mortally-wounded gang boss and inadvertently becomes his successor. As his power grows, he inevitably heads for the final conflict with the rival gangster who murdered this predecessor.


Miracles features many well-known Hong Kong actors, including Anita Mui and Wu Ma, and is considered one of Jackie Chan’s most sophisticated directorial efforts. Chan is an ardent fan of Hollywood musicals, and Miracles pays a tribute to that genre.[2] According to his autobiography, Chan stated that this was one of his favorite films he has made.

The original Hong Kong cut of Miracles had a running time of 127 minutes. Several major scenes were cut for the 102 minute international version. These include:

  • Kuo Cheng-Wah and Chief Inspector Ho having a private conversation.
  • Yang Luming’s dress is torn and she has an argument with Kuo Cheng-Wah.
  • Scenes with Chief Inspector Ho in a police station.
  • Yang Luming talking to Mr Wong on the phone in English.
  • A subplot between Chief Inspector Ho and Tung about money.
  • Kuo Cheng-Wah and Yang Luming try to teach the gangs to act as local dignitaries.


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