Rapid Fire [Import]
Brandon Lees penultimate picture isnt much on paper--a dour college kid, bitter over his activist fathers death in Tiananmen Square, is targeted by a Chicago mobster after witnessing a gangland killing and reluctantly joins forces with brooding, obsessed cop Powers Boothe--but then who was watching this for the story? Consider this his screen test for the superior The Crow. Lee bites off bad dialogue with surly sneers, swaggers through scenes with the confidence of a movie veteran, and moves... well, his moves are the real reason to see the film. Nick Mancuso has a good time as the weasely mobster getting sloppy in his desperation, and Powers plays the father figure with less conviction than sheer tenacity, but Brandon Lee is the star-in-the-making of this production. This, unfortunately, is no star vehicle, but it provides enough bone-crunching, butt-kicking martial arts action for any action junkie. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Just like his father, Brandon Lee was tragically taken from us way too early. From the opening sequence we can see a little glimpse of Bruce Lee in him. Rapid fire is an excellent martial arts movie with some very good fight scenes and explosive action. Brandon Lee using only his hands as weapons unleashes his own fists of fury on the bad guys. Jake Lo witnesses a brutal killing by a drug boss played by Nick Mancuso and quickly realizes he is being hunted by mobsters and corrupt Federal agents. With nowhere to go, He is forced into helping an obsessed Chicago cop and his unit take down the drug cartel once and for all. With the help of the only cop he can trust, Jake Lo sets out to single handedly take down the drug boss for good.
If you're a fan of martial arts or action movies check this one out, I'm sure it won't disappoint. If you're looking for the ultimate Brandon Lee film you must check out the "Crow". Due to Bruce Lee's untimely death in 1973 and Brandon's tragic death in 1993 we'll never see what this father and son martial arts duo could have done on screen together.
(RIP) Bruce and Brandon...........We Miss You!
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-Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1)
-Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround
It was a great film, and it was great to see veteran stunt actor Gene LeBell as one of Cerano's ( Nick Mancuso ) thugs. Gene LeBell ( former pro-wrestler Hank Hangman ) has been in tons of movies over the years most recently ( to my mind ) as the cabbie that pulls his gun on both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the first "Rush Hour" movie. It's ironic and rather fitting that Gene also appeared with Brandon's dad Bruce / "Kato" on the TV show "The Green Hornet" as seen on the Brentwood Home Video DVD collection. Gene the burly redhead can be seen in "Rapid Fire" in the big shootout in the bar between Powers Boothe's cops and Cerano's thugs in the middle of the movie. Gene is the one wheeling out the big portable mounted machine gun.
It is here notably, that I experienced my problem with the disc. The next scene where Brandon / Jake fights with Cerano's big Lummox behind the bar, like Mr. Tindall I experience a pause flutter that I have to skip to get around. I've returned the DVD and bought other copies to have them all stop / "flutter" in the same spot. I have a second generation DVD player (i.e. pre- DTS, progressive scan) yet I have played 100's of DVD's in my collection without such problems. I've only experienced one other American DVD problem (I won't touch on problematic import discs) and that is Disney's "Emperor's New Groove" (Similar pause-stop/ flutter at the beginning of that film).Read more ›
This movie is entertaining and a certain scene with a "train" was even copied in a video game called "blood" as a tribute, it's a classic movie moment. Good action flick, great Brandon Lee Movie. Add this to your collection if your a martial arts and a Brand Lee Fan and you won't regret it. I'll be buying this on DVD asap. One of my favorite moves from this movie is definetly the double punch of "Cerrano", Fist first then the elbow, in one quick motion. Awesome.
Most recent customer reviews
1 watched this movie a long time ago and remember it as being nothing short of incredible.after having watched it last night,i found myself disappointed. Read morePublished on March 20 2007 by falcon
i just bought it today andlike some peoples was saying that the dvd freeze mine work perfectlyPublished on Sept. 27 2004 by Bigfanofmusic
Lee blazes and fights away in this sometimes good action movie but Lee is the glue that holds this up...remember the fridge part in the movie..yeah, yeah.... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Michael Bolts
Brandon Lee is one of the best martial artist of all time and in this movie he just demonstrate that,this movie is awesome!!!. Read morePublished on July 30 2003 by Brandon Lee #1 Fan
Well, I just got my order of Rapid Fire today and just like some of the customers who posted an interview, I too am having slight problems with the disc. Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Bryan J. Amparo
Got my copy yesterday and was watching it last night. Was I dissapointed with the defect I experienced with the disc. Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by Jose Jun A. Garcia
So I figured what the hell. I've been researching and researching for a few YEARS now wondering when someone was going to get off their chair and put this on DVD. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by Nathanael D. Robinson
Jake Lo, A college student who lost his father in the Tiananmen Square Massacre, is somewhat tricked in attending a political rally to raise money for dissident Chinese Students. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Gus Mauro