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Rumble In The Bronx / Hongfan Qu / Hong Faan Kui

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  Rumble In The Bronx / Hongfan Qu / Hong Faan Kui Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
5.33 /10
Jackie Chan , Anita Mui, Francoise Yip
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Directed by: Stanley Tong
Written by: Edward Tang and Fibe Ma

Released: 1995
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 106

A grocer's assistant (Jackie Chan) solves the law-and-order problems of a gang-infested area of Brooklyn.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Jackie Chan, Hong Kongís top action star, is a tremendous athlete, and a deviser and performer of wonderfully original stunts. His most lavish attempt to break into the Hollywood mainstream has acting that is poor, dubbing that's atrocious, a script that's hilariously corny. The scene where Chan converts a gang of hoodlums from a life of crime into boy scouts merely by inviting them to tea and administering a stern reprimand (Donít you know you are the scum of society?Ē) is a classic of so-bad-itís-good cinema.

Hardened filmgoers are accustomed to seeing Toronto stand in for New York; but Chanís attempt to pass Vancouver off as the Big Apple is astonishingly perverse, since the mountains of British Columbia are clearly visible in the background.

The action sequences, however, are terrific feats of choreography and acrobatics - and the out-takes over the final credits graphically reveal their dangers. Chan is often compared to Bruce Lee, but he uses his body with the comic timing of Buster Keaton and the grace of Fred Astaire. His charm lies partly in his obvious enjoyment of his stunts, partly in the fact that he doesnít go in search of violence, and tries to escape (if necessary, off the top of frighteningly tall buildings) at least as often as he fights.

Though some scenes of violence are sufficiently gruesome and imitable to make me wonder why the film was given a 15 certificate, most of the action is so stylised and spectacularly choreographed that few people would be capable of copying it even if they wanted to. With all its faults, this unashamedly over-the-top Kung-phooey - the climax has Chan single-handedly battling a gigantic hovercraft - will amaze even the most jaded action fan, and has to be among the most joyously goofy movies I have ever seen.

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