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San suk si gin (The Shinjuku Incident) (2009)




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A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet in this sprawling action drama directed by Derek Yee (One Night in Mongkok) and starring Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu, and Masaya Kato. In Japan, foreign migrants are shunned by mainstream society. Taunted by the yakuza, they live in constant fear of being discovered and repatriated. Into this world ventures Steelhead (Chan), a humble tractor repairman who has traveled to Tokyo in search of his missing girlfriend, Xiu Xiu (Xu Jinglei), who vanished into thin air shortly after arriving in the city. After locating his brother Joe (Daniel Wu), Steelhead discovers that Xiu Xiu has adapted a Japanese identity and married up-and-coming yakuza chief Eguchi (Masaya Kato), with whom he forms an uneasy alliance. Over time, Steelhead earns the respect of his fellow Chinese immigrants by establishing a place for them to gather. But the dark side still beckons to Steelhead, because after helping Eguchi dispense with a powerful rival, he is granted full control of Shinjuku's most popular nightspots. Resistant to the allure of the criminal lifestyle, Steelhead discovers a new love and opens a tractor-repair business just outside the city. When Eguchi begins using Steelhead's former compatriots as pawns to front the yakuza's drug trade, the vengeful immigrant returns to the city determined to exact justice, even if it means destroying the future of the woman he once loved.more
Rating: R (for graphic violence, brief sexuality and drug use.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chun Tin-nam, Derek Yee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2010
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Jackie Chan
as Nick Steelhead
Jinglei Xu
as Xiu Xiu/Yoko
Xu Jinglei
as Xiu Xiu (Yoko)
Jack Kao
as Gao Jie
Suet Lam
as Old Ghost
Toru Minegishi
as Koichi Muranishi
Hiroyuki Nagato
as Hara Ooda
Paul Chun
as Uncle De
Yasuaki Kurata
as Taro Watagawa
Kar Lok Chin
as Hongkie
Ken Lo
as Little Tai
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Critic Reviews for San suk si gin (The Shinjuku Incident)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Try as he might, strut as he does toward climactic showdowns with ruthless adversaries, [Chan's] character remains an incongruous muddle. Same goes for the movie.

Full Review… | April 23, 2010
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Shinjuku Incident forgoes flashy action scenes in favor of old-fashioned moralism. Warner Bros. could have made it in the 1930s, and that's a compliment.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 17, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Shinjuku Incident strains for social significance, but it is too timidly produced to risk depicting any recognizable reality.

Full Review… | June 22, 2010

It's more social drama than gangster movie, but there is plenty of violence, all of it of a furiously sloppy and savage nature of street thugs.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010

Audience Reviews for San suk si gin (The Shinjuku Incident)

An illegal Chinese immigrant organises his community and creates a gang who can stand up to the criminals who prey on them on the streets of Tokyo. Jackie Chan attempts a more serious role in this gritty crime drama in which his trademark slapstick comedy, acrobatics and crazy stunts are glaringly absent. Instead he plays an ordinary man turning to crime as his only escape from the poverty and prejudice that threatens to consume he and his friends. It has a much darker tone than his usual projects and is certainly the bloodiest Jackie Chan film I have ever seen, but at the same time he cannot help but overcook the more melodramatic aspects of the story and his need to play the hero means the script speedily glosses over his criminal activities which means his character does not quite ring true. It does have some decent action sequences however and Derek Yee has a nice eye for the underbelly of modern Asian society. An interesting departure for its normally more family-friendly star.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Shinjuku Incident is a Hong Kong crime thriller that isn't new to director Tung-Shing Yee. There is just nothing that stands out about it.The story isn't anything special, despite the fact that there is some meat to it. Still, the pacing of this picture is slow to moderate and with a run time of just under 2 hours, this isn't exactly a fun sit through.As with any other yakuza gangster type film, Shinjuku Incident has its fair share of violence and action. It comes in the form of typical beatings and gang clashes. This is NOT Jackie Chan martial arts and stunt work. This is far from it.Jackie Chan is hit or miss in this film. He is OK when involved in the gangster activities and looking out for his friends. On the other hand, he disappoints when it comes to the love triangle storyline. In the meantime, Naoto Takenaka, Masaya Kato, and Fan Bingbing produce good supporting performances, while Daniel Wu goes through an interesting metamorphosis throughout the film.Shinjuku Incident is a movie more for Hong Kong crime thrillers than Jackie Chan fanatics. Take a chance on it.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


Great Jackie Chan crime drama movie that he gets to show off acting chops as well, with a few kicks and punches thrown in as well. That's what it is graphic brutal violence in some action scenes.
The acting is above average. Chan delivers a standout performance, an illegal worker who tries to protect his kinsman by gaining respect by and protecting themselves from the Yakuza. Another great performance comes by Daniel Wu, a fellow immigrant who gets his innocence lost... the hard way. The two love interests and the detective also get props too.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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