FIST-FOOT MARATHON: Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

Directed By: Stanley Tong

 

Mr. Tong’s name probably sounds familiar to Jackie Chan fans, because Chan has been involved in one form or another in many of Stanley Tong’s films.The most recent project the two have worked on together was Stanley Tong’s The Myth (TV series); which was based off of the film he directed in 2005. According to several sources, approximately  17 minutes of the film were cut by the New Line Cinema edit.

 

 

Whose in this?

 

There’s Jackie Chan, and everyone else. Well, that’s pretty much how it felt anyway. I can remember seeing this film while it was still somewhat relevant and not recognizing a ton of the other players involved. To throw some names out: Anita Mui (famous canto-pop singer, once referred to as the “Madonna of Asia”), Francoise Yip, and Marc Akerstream. So, I’ll ask you again; anyone recognize these names?

 

 

What’s it about?

 

Rumble in the Bronx nearly has the same premise Lionheart does, with the protagonist being dropped into America for the first time. However, Chan moves to the Bronx with his uncle to help manage a corner store. In a way that truly felt spontaneous, Chan (in all his chivalrous glory) is drawn into a personal feud with a local biker gang. Also, in typical Chan “good guy being dealt bad hand” form; the story snowballs and a dangerous criminal organization is thrown into the story. Chan struggles with 3 different problems that are all tied together through his own unintentional hand. The story mixes martial arts with situational comedy and doesn’t concern itself with the details. Once the main plot picks up, the film is essentially a group of action sequences tied together with shots of Chan, his friends, and the biker gang being caught up in this silly action-packed brick shot of a film. The weaker points of the film are too silly to complain about, and the stronger points involve the audience watching Jackie Chan do what he does best. It’s a fun flick, check it out on Netflix instant while your folding clothes.

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