Jackie Chan

A great departure from his usual comedic kung fu roles, Jackie Chan takes on a more serious and dramatic role as a Chinese illegal immigrant turned gangster.  The story basically follows Chan, an honest tractor repairman, as he emigrates to Japan in search of his missing girlfriend.  Having lost his identification documents, he is forced to join up with his fellow countrymen in Shinjuku where they also help him to find illegal work.  The entire time, he finds himself either running from the cops or defending himself from the Taiwanese gang put in place in Shinjuku by the Yakuza to keep the Chinese illegals in line.  One night, Chan ends up helping out a Yakuza mobster and is offered a job, to kill a Yakuza boss; in return, Chan would take control from the Taiwanese gang.  When he becomes boss, he tries to change the way things are run and goes for a more peaceful solution.  But, with power, comes greed and his fellow countrymen end up becoming worse than the Taiwnese before them only serving to start a giant gang war.

Don’t expect to see Jackie Chan do any spectacular kung fu moves in this film; in fact, he routinely gets his ass handed to him.  There is defintely a lot of gore in this film as well, with hands being choped off and guts splattering out.  The film also moves exceedingly slow; at 1 minute shy of 2 hours, the director tried to fit in 4 or 5 stories into this movie.  The whole time it felt like they were trying to develop every single character and explain themselves for every little action that happened, unfortunately, it just added to the length of the film and did little for the story.  If you really want to see Jackie Chan in a serious role, then watch this film, otherwise just skip it unless you’re really bored.

My Recommendation: Skip it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 10