Directed by Jackie Chan • 1989 • Hong Kong
Starring Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Gua Ah-leh
Jackie Chan pays homage to classic Hollywood spectacle in this 1930s-set gangster-musical romp. An inspired reworking of a Damon Runyon story (previously filmed twice by Frank Capra as LADY FOR A DAY and POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES), MIRACLES stars Chan as a naive country boy who inadvertently rises to become the leader of a Hong Kong underworld empire, all while attempting to help a kindly but poor flower seller make her dreams come true. Cited by Chan as a personal favorite among his own films, this is certainly one of the director-star’s most unique projects, blending his action-comedy thrills with heartwarming sentiment.