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Rapid Fire

 R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Brandon Lee’s penultimate picture isn’t much on paper--a dour college kid, bitter over his activist father’s 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

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By falcon
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.i guess our tastes change as we grow older.don't get me wrong,i think it is still a fairly decent movie.the problems is,lots of movies in this genre could be considered fairly decent.(and many are less than fairly decent)there are 2 things which set this movie apart from others in the genre.one is the fantastic and spectacular fight scenes.the other is the screen presence and charisma of the late Brandon Lee.without these 2 elements,this movie would be slightly above average.as it is,"Rapid Fire" gets 3/5 from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelllent Sept. 27 2004
By serge
i just bought it today andlike some peoples was saying that the dvd freeze mine work perfectly
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU SAW ME WACK THAT GUY.. RIGHT ! July 21 2004
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
What this movie lacks in dialogue it definitely makes up in action. I have read that some of the reviewers have had freezing problems with their discs; fortunately I have not encountered this problem. In my opinion the picture is very clear and the sound in Dolby Digital 4.0 is good but inconsistent and sound levels drop at certain times during the movie. This is pretty much a bare bones release, however there is a Brandon Lee profile, featurette and trailer but that's about it.

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!

DVD Features:
-Brandon Lee profile
-Theatrical trailer
-Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1)
-Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround
-Subtitles: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lee blazes!!! Dec 7 2003
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....though Lee sprouts some crappy dialouge you just cant get enough of his beautiful baby face..yes I said that...I highly recommened THE CROW because its his best and last work ever..though if you rent SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO starring him and oppisite sucky Doplh Lundgren..somethings wrong with you
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRANDON LEE IS [GREAT]!!! July 31 2003
Brandon Lee is one of the best martial artist of all time and in this movie he just demonstrate that,this movie is awesome!!!.I also want to say that my DVD dosn't have the disc deffect people are talking about and don't freeze in any part of the movie. I also wnat to recomend SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO and the most brilliant movie of all time THE CROW!!! ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie......Disc defects! May 2 2003
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. Actually, just 1 minor problem. It freezes in the middle of the fight in the bar just before Brandon fights the big man. I don't how it's possible for many people to have this same problem with different 'Rapid Fire' DVD discs. I thought it was either the disc or my DVD player. Luckily, I came here to and found out that I'm not the only one with this disc defect. I guess the company that made the Rapid Fire disc are the ones responsible(manufacture defect). Please correct me if I'm wrong on that one.
I've already found out from other people that they have returned their Rapid Fire disc to replace it with the same copy and still they have the same problem. I won't even bother returning it after finding this out.
Another problem I experience is the poor quality sound. I have Rapid Fire on tape. Actually, my dad recorded it on a tape in EP(extended play) when I was little and to this day the sound comes out better than the one on DVD. When I say that, I mean that in my tape, a punching sound can be heard and felt better than the one on DVD. The sound on DVD(gun shots, punches, etc.) was toned down a bit. I also have some other movies on DVD where some sounds cannot be heard or were toned down whereas on VHS, the sound effects are better heard.
Does anyone know why the "pause" happens in the bar fight? I once tried to fast forward it but it froze and nothing happens. I even tried to rewind, press stop, and even push the OFF button on my DVD player and it still wouldn't do anything. It completely froze my whole DVD player....then after 5 seconds it turned off cause I pressed the OFF button.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make way for Mr. Lee!!
RAPID FIRE is definitely a kung fu movie classic, and right now, my favorite Brandon Lee movie (Just about to watch the rather under-recognized LASER MISSION. Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by M.C
2.0 out of 5 stars Same problem with DVD(freeze defect)
Got my copy yesterday and was watching it last night. Was I dissapointed with the defect I experienced with the disc. Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by Jose Jun A. Garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems with "Rapid Fire" disc
I agree with Mr. Tindall of Colorado, I would have given "Rapid Fire" 4 and a 1/2 stars but with the problems with the discs I lower my rating to 3 stars. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by GojiraBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandon Lee - Great Martial Arts Movie
Lik showdown in little tokyo Brandon Lee stole this movie and made it a great flick. If anyone else had been the start it just wouldn't have worked as well. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by Dyers_Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it's about TIME!
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 more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Nathanael D. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brandon Lee Lives Up To The Legenday Status Of Bruce Lee
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 more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Gus Mauro
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid Fire DVD Review
Rapid Fire exhibits excellent video quality and looks like a recent release rather than a 10 year old film. Rapid Fire's soundtrack, encoded in Dolby Digital 4. Read more
Published on June 19 2002
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