Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rumble in the Bronx


Hong faan kui; Action comedy, China/ Canada, 1995; D: Stanley Tong, S: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip, Bill Tung

Ah Keung, a cop from Hong Kong, arrives in New York to take a vacation and visits his uncle's store. There Keung stumbles upon a gang when he beats up one criminal who stole and when he stops their motorcycles. Keung also takes care of a boy in a wheelchair who is the brother of one of the gang members. Real trouble shows up when some mobsters blackmail Keung for stolen diamonds. He however wins by running over their boss, Mr. White, with a hovercraft.

"Rumble in the Bronx" finally managed to make Jackie Chan's dream come true: it was his first film to be a considerable commercial hit in the US when it opened number one at the box office, which later led to his other American hits, like "Rush Hour" and "Shanghai Noon". On this occasion, his fans lamented that Chan's action sequences are much more average than in his golden days in Hong Kong, yet they still have their moments which is why some stunts are brilliant and remind of those classic black and white Buster Keaton films. The dramatic moments ended up badly by boring the viewers, which is why some part of the public won't feel appealed to it. Namely, the movie ends the minute the hero beats the bad guy, which shows that the story didn't know how to continue further than that.

Grade:++

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