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Rumble in the Bronx
Chinese: 紅番區
Jackie Chan 
Year: 1995
Director: Stanley Tong Kwai-Lai
Producer: Barbie Tung
Writer: Fibe Ma, Edward Tang Ging-Sang
Action: Stanley Tong Kwai-Lai, Jackie Chan
Cast: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui Yim-Fong, Francoise Yip Fong-Wah, Bill Tung Piu, Yueh Hua, Marc Akerstream, Garvin Cross, Emil Chow Wah-Kin, Jamie Luk Kin-Ming, Alex To Tak-Wai, Rainbow Ching, Eddy Ko Hung
The Skinny: Decent action can't save this muddled Jackie Chan flick, which substitutes a Western location and lousy actors for Chan's usual Hong Kong location and fun costars. A major hit all over the world, which doesn't really mean much if you think about it.
by Kozo:

Rumble in the Bronx was a major hit in Mainland China, as well as being Hong Kong’s top moneymaker in 1995 AND the number one film in the U.S. for a week too. With all that popularity, you’d think this was a pretty damn good movie. However, its success can be tied to a number of things, like the allure of the west for HK people, and Jackie Chan as Americans like to see him: doing kung-fu in America. Big question of the day: is this movie really that good? The answer: No.

The plot is as simple as they come. Hong Kong cop Jackie (Chan) goes to America to attend the wedding of his Uncle Bill (Bill Tung). Before you know it, Jackie gets involved with some random street thugs and some stolen diamonds, and soon everyone is running all over the place after Jackie. Sometimes there's property damage and silly plot devices that keep the movie going. And occasionally Jackie must hit people.

As Hong Kong plots go, this one is pretty average. However, given the impressive production values (It's Vancouver as the Bronx!) and sync sound, the holes in the story are more noticeable than ever. An obvious attempt to ape Western filmmaking, this half-baked attempt fails thanks to the terrible script, lousy acting and slapped-together story. 

Fighting-wise, there's some good news. Chan stages at least two decent set pieces with all the choreography and inventiveness you've come to expect from him, and his stuntwork is top-notch. However, the climactic chase sequence involves a hovercraft gone wild, and not actual fighting. Raise your hand if you go to a Jackie Chan movie to see a hovercraft.

Also, poor Anita Mui has an incredibly thankless role. One of Hong Kong's finer actresses gets dissed in favor of newbie Francoise Yip, who’s incredibly gorgeous but a horrific actress. She also speaks only English in the film, whereupon Chan responds in Cantonese and the two continue like that for an entire ten-minute conversation. Sorry, but I find it really hard to get into a film when two people act like they're having a conversation but are speaking different languages.

Which brings us to the American version or Rumble in the Bronx, which wwas chopped down (not much necessary content was lost) and the whole thing rescored and dubbed into English. That's including Francoise Yip, whose acting actually improves after being dubbed by someone else. To go on would be meaningless. Rumble in the Bronx is a film that all but requires chapter stops. Skip to fight number one. Then skip to fight number two. Then turn it off, and put in a better movie like Drunken Master II. (Kozo, 1996)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Warner Home Video (HK)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
English Language Track
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
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