They destroyed his life... Now he'll destroy them all.
Iron Zhao aka Steelhead, a truck repairman from China's Northeast, and settles down as an illegal immigrant in Tokyo. After a series of run-ins with the Yakuza, he rises to power as the Don of Chinese illegal immigrants. However, things get out of control when he's foolish enough to believe in clean getaways in a world that offers none, and soon comes to seal his own fate.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Started good, felt sort of like scarface with the fighting style of oldboy, but eventually deteriorated into a mess of "...seriously?". I get that it wasn't supposed to have a happy ending or something, but it felt like it decided it was going to be depressing, then at the last second they changed their mind.
Interesting Jacki Chan movie. Some parts were hard to understand because the whole movie was dubbed into English, so as a viewer you could not tell when the Chinese could not understand the Japanese or vise versa.
Plot wise its all a little bit lame and contrived.
A film about Chinese immigrants into Japan, it was quite hard to follow at the start as there were a lot of characters also while it is a cliche it is is hard to tell the difference between the Japanese and Chinese characters. That much that they themselves make several comments regarding this. Also as I am reading the subtitles I know what they are saying but as they are speaking Chinese and Japanese they do not always understand each other. So a statement with impact loses it as they turn and go what did he say?
Anyway it is quite intense and runs through from Jackie Chan arriving in Japan and working his way through several crappy jobs and…
Warning! Contains no martial arts whatsoever. Came into the film a little bit disappointed realising it wasn't a typical Jackie Chan film but needless to say, Chan's acting is very good but sadly a slow film with an OK storyline.
Shinjuku Incident is a gangster film of sorts about a Chinese immigrant in Tokyo who starts a gang in order to make a new life in a foreign land but soon becomes corrupted by the life of crime that he’s adopted. That’s an old story that’s not dissimilar from Scarface, but this is a slightly less blood-soaked take on the story. The film is notable because it stars Jackie Chan in his first dramatic non-martial arts role. It makes sense that Chan is branching out into dramatic work given that he’s getting too old for his usual acrobatics, however, I’d posit that he’s also too old for this role even if it’s for different reasons. This role feels like it…
First off, Shinjuku Incident isn't your typical Jackie Chan movie. Here we get to see a much more dramatic and serious side to Jackie's acting than the usual jaw-dropping, ass-kicking moves we are accustomed to. A bit messy at times, but worth seeking out just to see a different side to of Jackie than normal.
Available on Netflix US instant-watch, unfortunately it's the dubbed version.
Great film with some wince inducing scenes. Jackie is great but his casting is a bit of a problem, when he gets into fights, you keep expecting him to kick ass in his usual style as oppose to getting a beating.