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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.
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.
Shinjuku Incident strains for social significance, but it is too timidly produced to risk depicting any recognizable reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Im probably being a little generous with the four stars, because even though this is a really good movie, it does come amongst a host of recent Hong Kong gangster flicks, and somehow, I dont feel this has pushed the boundaries - it doesnt really stand out amongst the other modern classics like Election 1 and 2, Fatal Move and SPL. But this seriously has the opportunity to be an epic, like a HK Gangs of New York... but it didn't get there.
For those who love Jackie, like me, should appreciate the other side to his comic talents and kung fu mastery, as with movies like New Police Story. It shows that he really can act beyond comedy. Supported by a really good cast, set in Tokyo, in the famed Shinjuku District, mixing a humble love story with muderous gangters, innocence and guilt, love and betrayl, and in the underworld, nearly everyone loses.
Jackie plays a farmer/diesel mechanic, who illegal migrates to Japan to find his girlfriend who has disappeared. Working hard to earn a living, he finally realises that his girl has married a Yakuza Boss, and the Chinese immigrants were being roughed by the local gangster groups. Vowing to help the Chinese and establish order, he decides to forge a temporary alliance with a Yakuza boss and take over the enemy turf for the Chinese immigrants. But when he finally leaves the illegality behind, he finds that he is pulled into the underworld again, where he and everyone else is being betrayed by each other for power and money... and the only person who wants none of it is Jackie.
Even though it is not a unqiue concept, the ideals and characters are very unique, the storytelling is heavy drama, but watchable as we see Jackie's character evolve, and his heart split between two women, his loyalty split between his personal life and his countrymen.
Its enjoyable if you're into gangster thrillers, but dont expect a kung fu komedy fest... this is far from it. The violence is graphic, but its kinda tame compared to SPL and Fatal Move... the gangster themes are strong, but the enemity and underworld "sense" are far stronger in Election - but that was probably due to a stellar cast. Its a movie certainly in the middle... and I think why its because it needed ratings approval and tried to avoid censorship troubles. The movie wasn't released in China either.
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