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Rumble in The Bronx plays out a lot like a b-movie. If you take away the incredible stunts, chases, and fight scenes, you are left with parts of a film that are so bad they're good. I mean that in the best way possible.
The movie sports a very inclusive, and colorful biker gang, mixed with the rich white gangsters that consist of only very tall white guys with ponytails. Then awkward weirdly dubbed side characters (at least on the New Line dub) a lot of moments involving stealing a cushion from a boy in a wheelchair, bared assed bad guys, and numerous shots of Jackie Chan's man camel toe...maneltoe?Jackie Chaneltoe? I think I am putting too much thought into a name for it. I laughed out loud when Jackie goes to meet his new GF Nancy at the strip dance bar she works at, where she dances in her underwear, and how it plays out like nothing is any different then the time they rode a tandem bike with a wheelchair hook up for Danny the aforementioned boy in the wheelchair.
That being said, the fight scenes are still as good as you can imagine. They were the reason why this movie worked for North American audiences. The plot doesn't matter, the fights are amazing, and the hovercraft chase scene is too fun not to enjoy. It's easy to forget all the weirdness that encompasses the rest of the film, the flimsy plot, and the odd way everyone dresses...I mean I lived through the mid-nineties, it didn't look like that. I wish it did though.
Still, this movie is fun. After the re-watch, I have decided that Rumble in The Bronx is a fun mix of bad movie charm with insanely good action stunts, and fights. If that's up your alley and you haven't seen this, then you're in for a treat.
I have decided that this movie takes place in the same universe as West Side Story. The gang which harasses Mr Chan are the spiritual offspring of the Jets and Sharks. Jakie is amazing. Needs more musical numbers.
L'assurdità generale e l'umorismo inconfondibile dei film di Jackie Chan fanno da costante, come del resto l'incredibile e coraggiosissimo lavoro sugli stunt e sulle scene d'azione in generale. La storia è funzionale all'azione e le acrobazie del famoso attore sono nettamente la parte del film che stupisce di più, con sequenze che hanno dell'incredibile. In generale la pellicola risulta uno spasso dall'inizio alla fine, una specie di riassunto di tutti i pregi e i difetti che hanno reso intramontabile il famoso attore cinese.
Jackie Chan at his best.
The movie is actually only 80 minutes long but the action is incredible and funny and it makes
you feel like you've watch more than 80 minutes. There are some cool stunts that Jackie does in this film just like everything else on his own without stuntmen.
"Rumble in the Bronx" is the film that finally popularized Jackie Chan for American audiences. Released in the US over a year later than it's initial Hong Kong release, Rumble is a film that Jackie made on his own terms, as compared to his earlier failed attempts at breaking into the US market (i.e. "Battle Creek Brawl", "The Cannonball Run" "The Protector"). Those film were all made by American directors and Chan's input and control was limited ("Battle Creek Brawl" is probably the best of the lot). With Rumble, Jackie shot the film with his Hong Kong crew and had his usual level of control, and it's his mix of a US setting (though actually shot in Vancouver, B.C. as seen by the very unNYC-like mountains in the background) and being able to deliver his amazing fight sequences and jaw-dropping stuntwork along with his endearing comedy that was finally allowed to make it's way to US theaters and won over American audiences, leading to major roles in Hollywood films where he was given more creative control, such as "Rush Hour" "Shanghai Noon" and "The Karate Kid" remake. Rumble sees Jackie playing the nephew of Bronx grocery store owner, Chan stock company actor Bill Tung, who is selling the business to Anita Mui (a real-life pop singer turned actress known as the "Madonna of Hong Kong"), who's store is plagued by a local street gang. Jackie finds himself at odds with the gang after trying to protect the store as well as protecting the wheelchair bound younger brother of a pretty female gang member, who quickly becomes Jackie's love interest. It's basically "Death Wish 3" but with Jackie Chan.Generally speaking, it's a dumb story that's a recycle of I don't know how many 80s Charles Bronson vigilante films and even by those standards the villains are incredibly silly and a ridiculous approximations of what real street gangs are like, but that's not why you watch a Jackie Chan picture. You watch a Jackie Chan movie for the exciting, creative, and acrobatic fight sequences (the best is a knockout sequence in the gang hideout) and for Chan's insane death defying stunts (here he jumps between buildings without a harness and also gets run over by a hovercraft, though it was his leap off a bridge onto the hovercraft that broke his foot, causing him to perform a significant amount of the film in a cast!). Overall, despite some minor tampering by the US distributor, deleting some of the comedy, completely re-dubbing the film, and adding a new soundtrack, "Rumble in the Bronx" is one of Chan's better films and is very nearly one of his best (though his best films are "Drunken Master II" "Project A" "Dragons Forever" and "Police Story").
Great action sequences, comedy and martial arts that help look over the simplistic plot.
Duro de matar es uno de los grandes clásicos de Jackie Chan, y aunque no suelen normbrarla tan alta como Armadura de Dios, cualquier Police Story or La Leyenda del Luchador Borracho, lo cierto es que se merece estar entre estas.
La película está rodada de forma impecable y aunque si es cierto que su argumento es ridiculo, como poco, es tremendamente divertida. Uno de mis aspectos favoritos es el hecho de que se nota cierta influencia del cine de la Shaw Brothers en muchos de los elementos de la película, y eso la hace muy peculiar y una rara abis dentro del la filmografía de Chan, que normalmente está dividida en sus películas puramente chinas (Police Story por ejemplo) y sus películas puramente americanas (Hora Punta).
Sí os gusta el cine de acción noventero, no os podéis perder esta cinta, pues es pura dinamita y para un servidor está muy a la altura de otras coetaneas como Arma Letal.
Chan's breakout film showcases his talent that he's built an empire upon. His wonderfully strong charisma, likability and stunts which are a staple of his career are all on show. The film only really suffers with its terrible dubbing and struggles to blend both eastern and western genres with its storytelling, yet the humour and charm is rife and even if it's last act is flat out bizarre crazy, it's the start of something special.
this is the best worst movie ever. a huge guilty pleasure. i am laughing throughout this movie. everything they say is funny and the way they say it is funny. the scenes have horrible transitions and the acting is horrendous. the fight scenes and action sequences are awesome, very well done. i watch this movie for the fight scenes and the laughs. it's also really racist lol. the black characters are beyond stereotypical (about 4 viewings)