Nevermind the edits that Tri-Star and Columbia/Sony went and did to the movie, it wasn't a very good movie to begin with. Titled High Risk and released in 1995, the Jet Li action vehicle from notorious Wong Jing, is a basic attack on Jackie Chan. Yes, the whole plot is a by the numbers Die Hard plot that was also basically the plot of City Hunter basically and that was a better movie.
Wong seems to be firmly in a hateful mood with this movie, his characters act hateful, especially the bad guys. Resulting in the movie being less charming than his other better movies like God of Gamblers and yes City Hunter. Part of the movie's problem is the basic need and want to attack Chan venomously, though it does ultimately give him redemption. It still can't shake the utter contempt that seethes through it with scene after scene of showing the fake Jackie Chan parody be a coward and not doing his own stunts, chase women, scare children in the bathroom.
Meanwhile we have the rather dark Die Hard Clone with Jet Li going on. With the beginning of this movie pretty much setting up that Jing is not in a rather particularly nice mood or maybe it was the writers mood. The whole blowing up a bus full of children including Li's wife and child is rather dark for the opening to this action/sort of comedy. But you learn that a lot of dark stuff gets thrown left and right in this movie, the mood whiplash is heavy with comedy scenes being led into dark action scenes and Billy Chow's character who is an insane in the membrane fan of Not Jackie, I mean Frankie Lone.
And since we couldn't have Chow repeat a fight with Li, since the legendary Fist of Legend bout they had, he gets stuck fighting it out with Not Jackie (Ok, the actor playing Not Jackie is rather a good actor, Jackie Cheung, famous for Tiger Cage and Bullet in the Head, As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild and he gives a great performance,better than this material deserves) for the character to have some semblance of a character arc of redemption.
Jing obviously had a very nasty falling out with Chan during the making of City Hunter and it obviously shows in this movie that Jing is not letting some things go. And is poking fun at Chan nearly too much, to the point of ridiculousness. He even makes rather negative references to Chan's current projects of Rumble in the Bronx and First Strike even, though it was in the process of being filmed. Meanwhile Jet Li is battling the evil terrorists of Criminal Mastermind "Doctor" played with hammy relish by Kelvin Wong who played a another bad guy in that same years Sammo Hung misfire Don't Give A Damn as the Japanese crime lord Yamamoto. He spends way too much time playing the Asian version of Hans Gruber times 10, blowing a bus full of children up, killing innocent people during what was suppose to be a normal Jewel Heist that quickly spirals out of control into a hostage situation. I take it back, he's even more careless than Hans Gruber, he's really just a sociopath bumping people off left and right. He's also got his own little personal gang of psychopathic terrorist clowns that include Billy Chow as a weirdo insane fanboy. Plus in their off time the bad guys read porn magazines like Penthouse, Hustler, and you have to laugh.
Thankfully, Jet Li gives him a nasty comeuppance at the end. This is all fine, the action, the Jewel Heist story line with the Die Hard rip-off, all of it is ok, but the Jackie Chan pot shots are so annoying and clog the movie down and give the movie terminal whiplash. Plus, they get cruder and cruder, the bathroom scene being the worst.
It seems kind of fitting that Wong Jing ultimately kind of lost this bout, that same year Rumble in the Bronx did really well, as did First Strike the next and finally Mr. Nice Guy, Chan did Rush Hour and became even more of an international star, and Wong just kept to what he knew when it came to making movies that worked in HK moviehouses. And also Jet Li would move beyond this movie as well, doing My Father is A Hero the same year, a way better movie and Black Mask the next. Li would also work his way into the outside world. Something that Jing obviously holds contempt for by evidence of this movie, and it's rather ironic. In some ways I think Jing envied Chan's fame outside of the HK market, but it's more than obvious that he and Jackie had some deep unseated issues after City Hunter.