High Risk (1995)
High Risk (鼠胆龙威, also known in the United States as Meltdown) is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and directed by Wong Jing, and starring Jet Li, Jacky Cheung, Chingmy Yau, Charlie Yeung, Billy Chow, Kelvin Wong and Valerie Chow. Corey Yuen serves as the film's fight choreographer. This was Kelvin Wong's final film appearance, who has retired from acting, until his death in 15 years.
The film is a parody of some of Hollywood's most influential action films, such as Die Hard and Speed. It also gained controversy for spoofing Jackie Chan, who was, in turn, offended by the satire.
Meltdown is the title given to this film in the United States by Columbia TriStar Home Video (now known as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).
Police officer Kit (Jet Li) leaves his job after his family is killed by a terrorist named The Doctor. Kit becomes a bodyguard for movie star Frankie (Jacky Cheung) who is reported to perform his own stunts. The report is untrue; Frankie is a drunken womanizer incapable of performing the stunts, and Kit performs them for him. Frankie attends a gala event in a high-rise hotel where The Doctor shows up and takes everyone hostage. Kit has an opportunity to face his family's killer and save Frankie and the rest of the hostages.
Cast and characters
Jet Li as Kit Li - Kit used to work for the police, but left the force after losing his wife and son in a bomb threat he thought he had defused. He later became the personal body guard of Frankie and would even perform stunts for him when Frankie was inebriated. He is an expert martial artist and fights most of the major villains throughout most of the film.
Billy Chow as Kong - One of the Doctor's henchmen. He is obsessed with Frankie Lone, even to the point of fantasizing about defeating him in a fight.
Charlie Yeung as Joyce - One of the girls working at the Hotel Grandeur. She is the reluctant girlfriend of rookie detective Chow Kam.