I've chosen to get myself into a Jackie Chan movie marathon and have completed two films. I thought about going with some sort of a chronological timeline but decided last minute that I'd hop around and watch whatever I wanted. The second film I went with might be one of Chan's best. Let's talk about Rumble In The Bronx!
Jackie stars as Keung, a guy that comes to the Bronx for his uncle's wedding. It's almost immediately revealed to us that his Uncle plans on selling his supermarket at the behest of his new bride-to-be. A lady buys the store, Uncle Bill and his wife go off on their honeymoon, and Keung sticks around to help the transition from old to new owner. The main conflict in the movie is between Keung and a gang of thugs that are terrorizing the neighbourhood. To start this off, the gang has a street race with another gang where two ladies on dirt bikes go ripping over cars and trucks parked on the street outside of Uncle Bill's place where Keung is staying. In an effort to protect the loaned limo Uncle Bill has for his nuptials, Keung intervenes in the race, causing the gang that terrorized the neighbourhood to lose. Things escalate quickly between Keung and the gang and at one point, the gang ends up assaulting Keung with liquor bottles what is a very well-done scene.
We get a sub-plot that sees a jewelry store get robbed of about seven million dollars worth of diamonds. They end up in the hands of one of the members of the aforementioned gang. Shit goes awry as some very bad people start terrorizing the gang (plot twist!) to get the diamonds back. The diamonds are stashed in the cushion of Danny's wheelchair, a kid who happens to be Uncle Bill's neighbour. Danny's older sister is the same lady that lost the dirt bike race earlier in the review! Long story short, Keung and the kid are fast friends, and the older sister falls in love with Keung because he's a stand-up guy. SEMI SPOILER: When Danny's older sister is revealed to be the gang girl, Keung doesn't let animosity get the better of him. Like a true champ, he doesn't sully Danny's high esteem towards his sister get sullied by the truth that she's a piece of shit. She falls madly in love with him, and blah blah blah. Talk about strong lead character!
This was my first taste of Jackie Chan films and I remember seeing it in early 1995 before it hit North American theatres. It had been released in Asia earlier in the year and I had a friend from Hong Kong at the time. How fortuitous! Seeing the film 21 years later, I can say without a doubt that it still holds up. I never really loved kung-fu movies until I saw this film. The stunts are incredible. The outtakes at the end of the film set a precedent that I need met regularly. The comedy is cheesy as hell, but in the best way possible. I know there's a lot of internet battling about which Jackie Chan movie is the best. I'd put this one up there with Supercop and I look forward to watching and reviewing that one soon! In the meantime, I cannot recommend this movie enough. It's great from start to finish and there won't be a single regret after seeing it. As a final note, the punk-rock song about Jackie Chan playing over the outtakes at the end is super awesome as well.