Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rumble in the Bronx (1996)

Here it is, the film that finally got Jackie Chan recognition in the States.  After a few aborted attempts in the 80's that yielded mixed results at best (I sort of like the first Cannonball Run film), it was a cut down and dubbed version of his 1995 film Rumble in the Bronx that got him the same amount of superstardom here as in the rest of the world.

Jackie plays Keung, a young man who comes to New York to visit his uncle and help him out with his grocery store.  He runs afoul of the local street gang and some mafia guys after some stolen diamonds and that's about all the plot we get.

Fortunately it's all we really need since nobody in their right mind goes to a Jackie Chan movie for the plot.  You go to see him in action and he certainly delivers with a series of fantastic brawls starting with a relatively brief one in the grocery store.

This is followed by a nice bit of stunt work at a parking garage capped off an incredible leap from the roof of said garage to a nearby fire escape.  The highlight of the film, though is a huge brawl in the gang's lair where Jackie pretty much beat up about twenty or so guys all by himself.  The finale is pretty neat too with Jackie hanging on for dear life to a hovercraft as it mows through New York (or at least Vancouver posing as NYC).

In the end, it's far from Jackie's best movie.  The Police Story films have better plots and earlier films like Project A and Armour of the Gods are more satisfying but this definitely gets the job done.  Jackie has gone on to have a pretty good career since then with many of his older movies getting a stateside release (albeit in edited and dubbed versions) and he has also found success with the Rush Hour films with Chris Tucker.  I don't especially care for them (nor does Jackie from what I've read) but you can't really argue with success.

This one is good if you have 90 minutes to kill and are in the mood for a silly, breezy action comedy.

3 comments:

  1. I saw this in the theater when it first came out, and I was just so excited to see Jackie on the big screen that I thought this was the greatest thing ever. You're right though that, over time, this doesn't hold up against a lot of his much better Hong Kong films, but it is fun.

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  2. First Strike is also pretty darn good.

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  3. Love First Strike! The ladder fight scene is amazing.

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