Jackie Chan finally conquered America with Rumble in the Bronx. If the mildly contorted English dialogue sounds peculiarly foreign and disembodied (most of it is dubbed), and the mountains of Vancouver, BC don't convincingly double for the skyline of New York City, well, peculiarities like these actually contribute something to the movie's ingenuous charm. With his disarming smile and feline physicality, the compact Chan radiates star quality. But there's more to him than charisma: at his best, the actor combines the relentlessly escalating, hyperkinetic action set-pieces for which Hong Kong is famous; the rigorous martial arts training of his idol, Bruce Lee; and the grace and daring that distinguish Buster Keaton's physical comedy. Chan also shares some of Keaton's cinematic integrity, which dictated that you shouldn't cheat the audience by faking stunts, on the set or in the editing room. Like Keaton, Chan does his own stunts, and you can see that it really is him jumping off a bridge onto a speeding boat, or clinging to the dangling ladder of a helicopter as the hostile pilot tries to shake him loose by smashing him into the sides of skyscrapers. Not that it matters, really, but the plot of Rumble in the Bronx has something to do with Chan helping the woman who has taken over his uncle's neighborhood market when she is harassed by local hoodlums. What really matters is Chan, and he's in fine form. Rumble in the Bronx doesn't rank with his best work, but it's a swell introduction to a unique star. And those stunt outtakes over the end credits are as delightfully spellbinding as ever. "See?" Chan seems to say every time he breaks a rib or twists an ankle (which happens often). "I'm doing this all for you." --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the DVD edition.
It's one of Jackie Chan's first movies I saw & were I gained a appreciation for his skills never mind is martial art skills at true stunt man in ever sense.Published 1 month ago by Beau Abrams
It was the very first Jackie Chan movie I've seen and it started it all for me. Awesome movie and it still holds up to this day. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Olsen
Firstly the dubing was not well done but if you get passed that the movie was amazing, funny in some parts and wicked fights. Amazing stunts too.Published on Oct. 28 2008 by action_comedy
I'm one of Jackie's biggest fan. In this one he really showed of some shnazzy moves. This DVD had a great story and it was DA BOMB. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by P. Whitlock
Lets just say there is a ton of action in this movie.I believe this is the one that put him on the American map he does great fight wise in NYC. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Chris