Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

November 17, 2003 • Film, Reviews

AKA: Red Bronx, Death Benefit
Literally: Red Savage Territory [or “Red Indian Territory”, a reference to “Fort Apache, The Bronx”]
Director: Stanley Tong Kwai-Lai
Producer: Barbie Tung Wan-Si
Writer: Edward Tang
Action Director: Jackie Chan’s Stuntman Association, Sammo Hung’s Stuntman Association
Cast: Jackie Chan (Sing Lung), Anita Mui Yim-Fong, Francoise Yip Fong-Wah
Running Time: 94 min.
Plot: See reviews below.

For many of us in the States, this movie was our first real introduction to Jackie Chan. And even though the Canadians in the movie (the whole thing was shot in Canada, with Canadians playing the parts of New Yorkers to capture that authentic New York flavor) are absolutely terrible, and the plot heads nowhere in a bunch of different directions, Chan’s action sequences are great.

Chan himself is in top form in this movie, and that makes it interesting to watch. But unfortunately, the misogynist leanings of a lot of his productions are readily apparent here. Chan’s character first finds attractive shopkeeper Anita Mui and appears to start hooking up with her. Then he sees this biker babe from one the gangs that are pointlessly after him, and he gets together with her.

From that point, Anita Mui, who was being treated as the object of Chan’s affection, suddenly starts getting beaten up and humiliated. Then her house is demolished. And finally, all love interests are obliterated as Jackie runs over the villain with a hydrofoil. Anita Mui cheers and the biker girl looks pretty happy, too. I guess everything worked out okay in the end.

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