Rumble in the Bronx (Hong Kong Version) (1995) Rumble in the Bronx

Rumble in the Bronx Directed by: Stanley Tong
Starring: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Bill Tung, Françoise Yip

Tagline: "Now with an extra wedding scene"

As this movie has been out for ages in general release I'll just talk about the 'extra footage' I noticed and some other issues I want to mention.

There is meant to be 17 minutes of extra footage in this version, but most of it must be a minute here or there as the longest new sequence was Uncle Bill's wedding. The other difference is the dialogue (Cantonese) which probably has been extended.

Another thing I want to talk about are the baddies in Jackie Chan films. Why are they so dumb? Why did they keep having to smash up the same supermarket? Surely once would be enough to make a point.

As usual there are two classes of baddie in this film, the ordinary thugs which Jackie spends most of the time fighting and the powerful gangsters, who are saved until near the end. Did I mention there was an all-powerful crime boss also?

Jackie must have a problem ending his films of late as they always seem to feature him driving some sort of large vehicle to smash stuff up and get the baddies:

  • Police Story 3 : Train
  • Rumble in the Bronx : Hovercraft
  • First Strike : Sports car
  • Mr. Nice Guy : Big Yellow Truck

This is my favourite of Jackie Chan's US-based films as it is the closest to the way his old style Hong Kong films used to be like. His more recent 'buddy' movies may have been more popular, but this movie reminded me of the films he was making in the early 80's with the emphasis on action.

The supporting cast were fine in their roles (Bill Tung was my favourite), but I did think the little kid was a bit annoying. As usual the love interest and main woman character was played as stupid.

With Jackie Chan's early 80's work now being released on the excellent Hong Kong Legends label, I would say to watch those films first before you see this one. If you have already seen this movie, I strongly recommend Jackie's earlier work starting with Project A.

Rating: 7/10

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