Rumble in the Bronx (Widescreen)
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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.
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Still, that's not the point of RUMBLE. What it is about is action, comedy, and martial arts swirled into a neat concontion that goes great when seasoned with stunts, with just a sprinkle a story, an low in brains and running-time. On those terms, RUMBLE IN THE BRONX works.
IT involes a dude named Keung (Jackie Chan), who is in New York for his uncles wedding. His Unlce's sold his grocery store to a new owner. Keung upsets a motorcycle gang when he beats up some os the members when they attempt to sholplift, and thus begins the plot, which then shifts to some mafia guys stealing some diamonds and Keung caught in the crossfire.
RUMBLE has all the karate action you'd expect from Jackie Chan, and while it may be slim on story, it's still full of everything that his many fans demand. This was a great way to introduce him to the U.S.
An action comedy, "Rumble in the Bronx" features Jackie in the big city, New York (actually Vancouver, with mountains visible in the background in several scenes). It's a strangely clean and orderly version of the Big Apple, but no matter. Pretty soon, Our Man Chan fights a motorcycle gang, protects a store, helps a girl and her wheelchair-bound little brother, and pilots a hovercraft in a surprisingly uplifting ending.
Fresh and colorful, "Rumble" won't please the arthouse crowd, and probably doesn't even rank with Jackie's top flicks; I'll leave that for the hardcore Jackie fans to decide. But Jackie's joy in his work is contagious, and here, he's at his good-hearted best. Not only does he poke fun at himself in several scenes, but he also can't even stay mad at the kids who battered him senseless with bottles in an alley. Although the disk features a full-screen version, make sure you watch the widescreen DVD so you can enjoy all the delightful and creative fight choreography, including an amazing sequence where Jackie kicks butt with pinball machines. Also starring Bill Tung, who always seems to play "Uncle Bill" in Jackie's movies.
This movie is so cool becouse the storie line for it is very good. It starts off when Jackie Chan arrives to New York city for his uncles wedding. He goes to his wedding and helps out in the store as he planned but other things happened that he did not plan. He ends up getting into problems with these local gang, just for protecting his uncles store. And many other things happen that you can find out by renting or buying this dvd. Like getting into problems with these wanna be FBI dudes. And other crazy stuff you do not see in any other movie! Thats why I recommend you should go out and buy or rent this dvd. If I were you I would preffer buying it becouse you are going to wnat to see it again and again!
The Story: Jackie's character travels to New York to attend his uncle's wedding and help at his supermarket. He unwittingly gets into a war with the neighborhood motorcycle/street gang, which in turn becomes unwittingly involved in a high-stakes diamond heist operation.
1. The initial supermarket fight scene.
2. The motorcycle gang's pursuit of Jackie in a parking structure.
3. The hovercraft scene.
THE DVD FEATURES:
Somewhat limited in the special features section, the DVD nonetheless includes a nice short bio on Chan himself including a complete filmography (up to the point that the DVD was published anyway...) as well as the original movie theater trailer for Rumble In the Bronx.
Overall, this is another great outing from Jackie and whether you purchase, rent or borrow, this is a recommended film for all action movie/martial arts film/Jackie Chan fans.
First, I can start off by pointing out that this movie has almost the exact same soundtrack as Police Story's 1,2 & 4 (Police Story 4 is AKA First Strike), and Mr. Nice Guy. While I enjoy composer J. Peter Robinson's music very much, enough can be enough. I also noticed that the end of the movie was a bit abrupt, with no big end finale fight scene. While I did hear that Jackie breaking his ankle on the jump was why a final fight scene which was planned for the movie did not appear, and while I won't blame anyone for that, but it is still a letdown.
Soon I looked closer at the action. I soon began to realize that the battle in the store, the first battle in the movie, is actually the most convincing of them all. While the battle in Tony's base was quite spectacullarly planned and executed, the hits themselves just didn't seem real until Jackie picked up the ski, saving both himself and the scene. Not to mention, while all the actors are decently convincing, almost all are generally rather weak; all except Jackie, who did a rather solid performance here.
It should also be made aware that the non-action scenes are quite important to the movie. Whenever I have a rough day, I sometimes turn on Dragons Forever, or Operation Condor, and pretend that I am Jackie and the people responsible for my long day are the people he beats up, as I skip from action scene to action scene. This movie somehow doesn't allow you to.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 3 months 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 15 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
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