Rumble in the Bronx


Rumble in the Bronx

Critics Consensus

An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.



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After years as a major star in most of the rest of the world, Jackie Chan finally broke through to stardom in the United States with Rumble in the Bronx, a dubbed and re-edited version of Hung Fan Kui. Here Chan plays Keung, a police officer from Hong Kong who travels to New York to attend the wedding of his uncle, Bill (Bill Tung). Bill has just sold his grocery store to Elaine (Anita Mui), and Keung finds Elaine to be a pretty good reason to extend his visit to New York. However, a mean-spirited and fashion-challenged street gang has moved into the neighborhood and is demanding protection money from the local storekeepers. Elaine is ready to sell the store and move on, but Keung is determined to show the toughs that he's not about to be pushed around. Things get even more sticky when the hoods are on the trail of a lost cache of stolen jewels. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Anita Mui
as Elaine
Bill Tung
as Uncle Bill
Kris Lord
as White Tiger
Ailen Sit
as Tony's Gang Member
Chan Man Ching
as Tony's Gang Member
Fred Andrucci
as Tony's Gang Member
Mark Antoniuk
as Tony's Gang Member
Lauro Chartrand
as Tony's Gang Member
Chris Franco
as Tony's Gang Member
Lance Gibson
as Tony's Gang Member
David Hooper
as Tony's Gang Member
Kathy Hubble
as Tony's Gang Member
Terrance Leigh
as Tony's Gang Member
Dean McKenzie
as Tony's Gang Member
Kimani Ray Smith
as Tony's Gang Member
Lisa Stevens
as Tony's Gang Member
Richard Faraci
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Mark Fielding
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Terry Howsen
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Jordan Lennox
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Gabriel Ostevic
as White Tiger's Gang Member
John Sampson
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Owen Walstrom
as White Tiger's Gang Member
Guyle Frazier
as Police Officer
David Fredericks
as Police Officer
Harold Gillespie
as Police Officer
Alf Humphreys
as Police Officer
Gary Wong
as Police Officer
Elly Leung
as Walter Lau/Realtor
Rainbow Ching
as Saleslady at Market
Jamie Luk
as Stephen/Friend with Vintage Limo
Alecia Paget
as Cashier
John P. McGrath
as Hovercraft Operator
Adrian Parkinson
as Hovercraft Operator
Rick Burgess
as Harley Gang Leader
Hung Ko
as Prospective Market Buyer
Annabelle Louie
as Prospective Market Buyer
Emil Chau
as Ice Cream Customer
Alex To
as Ice Cream Customer
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Audience Reviews for Rumble in the Bronx

  • Jan 21, 2016
    Better than average action film but a great showcase for Chan, who is excellent in the lead. The writing is very silly at times and undoes a lot of good stunt work. You can understand why this film was successful for Chan but its not one of his best films
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2014
    While lacking in any effective plot, Rumble in the Bronx is one of those movies that tends to rely more on the action to really entertain the viewer, and in doing so, you can forget the plot, or any logic in what the screenwriters tried to do with its story. This is a prime example of a popcorn action film designed to thrill while using little substance in terms of story. The action is intense, and Jackie Chan does some great work here, and it doesn't take long for the action and chaos to start. If you enjoy a good, entertaining actioner, then Rumble in the Bronx is a good effort to check out. If you can get past the mediocre over dubs, then you might enjoy the film. The action is really what makes up for the other limitations, and in doing so, it showcases Jackie Chan's martial arts skills perfectly, which is very entertaining to watch. The direction is quite good, and the stunts are carefully handled to deliver a unique action experience. I very much enjoyed the film despite its flaws, and though I don't normally like Chan's work, he was very good here. Rumble in the Bronx is a film that should really be seen by genre fans, especially those who enjoy martial arts, as the rest of the film really doesn't gel together to create a great plot. The film is simple in its ideas, and so is the story and it can be summarized as Jackie Chan fights a gang of thugs for an hour and a half, which is exactly that. Rumble in the Bronx is far from perfect, but it's definitely lots of fun and for action fans, this surely will deliver exactly what you're looking for.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2013
    When compared to Chan's Hong Kong efforts "Rumble in the Bronx" pales in comparison in many areas. In terms of Chan's American films "Rumble in the Bronx" is easily his best American film. Rumble in the Bronx tells the story of a young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finding himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. The subplots carry the narrative, but as a whole the story is unremarkable. There's no drama of any kind or buildup for any major scenes. It all runs at a brisk pace and it'll be over before you know it. It barely reaches the 90 minutes mark and in that amount of time it justifies some of the action scenes. It's not entirely brainless so when a fight occurs so it's more forgivable even if it was unneeded. It has an inconsistent tone. While it's not directly shown it is implied the villains did kill two people by putting them in wood-chippers. The ending also leaves something to be heavily desire. It just ends after without a proper closure on the story. The story contains enough material to sustain your interest for its short duration and Chan signature humor will get a laugh out of you. In terms of production it's clearly low budget, but the filmmakers made good use of what they had. Chan performs some dangerous stunts and while not as dangerous anything in his "Police Story" series. The stunts here are no less exciting. The fight choreography is typical Chan style and that's a good thing. Chan always knows how bring a different kind of energy into his fight scenes being able to incorporated humor without slowing the flow of the action. Since this is Chan you should expect nothing less but fast pace action with elaborate fight scenes and nice used of props. The dubbing on the other hand can get annoying. Some of the dubbing makes things unintentionally hilarious. The cast acting is nothing noteworthy, but do a decent job to not ruin the film when Chan's not on screen. Chan is in the leading role with the acting chops and martial art skills to make for one exciting action hero. Rumble in the Bronx is best watched when you got around 90 minutes to spare. It's not a memorable Martial Art movie, but it has enough here to entertain you and it's short run time makes sure it's over before it over stays its welcome.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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