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Rapid Fire [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso, Raymond J. Barry, Kate Hodge
  • Directors: Dwight H. Little
  • Writers: Alan B. McElroy, Cindy Cirile
  • Producers: Barry M. Berg, Gerald T. Olson, John Fasano, Robert Lawrence
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: May 14 1996
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6302640415
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
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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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.) Brandon Lee stars as college student/martial arts master Jake Lo, who refuses to join Chinese Democracy activists, since his father was murdered for the very same cause. Lo becomes entangled in a web of diaster when mafia druglord Antonio Serrano (Nick Mancuso) murders the chief distributor of a competing drug lord Kinman Tau (Tzi Ma, from RUSH HOUR)to get ahold of his drug trade. Lo has the unenviable misfortune of witnessing the whole damn thing and must join forces with crusty chicago cop Ryan (Powers Booth) and his beautiful partner (Kate Hodge) to take down both Serrano AND Tau. Once the action starts, it doesn't stop. I think the climatic battle between Brandon and asian bad guy Al Leong (whose had duels with guys like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Willis) is this movies best and easily the best in '92, and finally one of the best ever. One of the quite abundant brawls even occurs on the chicago el, where Brandon and his opponent mostly just use steel rods as their weapons. A kung fu flick to be cherished by kung fu fans, as well as Brandon Lee fans all over the world. Buy this one right now, you won't regret it.
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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. (I realize this is not a 2-disc set, I will clarify my statement in a sec!) I enjoyed this film in which Brandon Lee starred as student Jake Lo.
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).
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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. This movie is full of great martial arts moves, comedy, and a decent cast. Powers Boothe is really great in this, one of the few movies i've liked him in besides Red Dawn. It has it's stupid moments and corny one liners, but in no way are they as bad as Showndown in Little Tokyo. Brandon Lee looks great in this movie and has some great moves i would love to learn for myself. I'm suprised he didn't get more recognition from this movie before The Crow came out.
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.
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