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Shinjuku Incident

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Action superstar Jackie Chan leads this tour-de-force as Steelhead, a Chinese laborer who comes to Japan hoping for a better life. Unable to find honest work and bullied into the shadows with his fellow Chinese illegal immigrants, he soon finds himself ascending as the boss of a black market mob. After providing a deadly service to a powerful Yakuza crime boss, Steelhead’s rise to mafia power spirals rapidly out of control as he’s given reign over the dangerous and lucrative Shinjuku district. Get set to root for the underdog as Jackie Chan battles Asia’s most ruthless underworld gangs in this action-packed crime drama.

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Unreleased in mainland China due to its excessive violence, Derek Yee's crime picture Shinjuku Incident is a rare attempt at serious drama for action star Jackie Chan. As Steelhead, a taciturn mechanic who endures the punishing life of illegal Chinese immigrants in Japan while looking for a missing sweetheart, Chan drops his trademark balletic martial arts and broad comic style, and for the most part he's successful at conveying the character's basic goodness and dismay (and finally, anger) at the situation faced by his compatriots. Daniel Wu is also fine as a hapless friend whose entanglement with gangsters forces Steelhead to team with the local yakuza for a gruesome showdown. Stateside audiences who've grown accustomed to Chan's Mr. Nice Guy persona may find his darker turn, as well as the jaw-dropping violence, off-putting; fans of Asian action cinema, however, will appreciate Yee's noirish aesthetic but may also be split over a Chan who displays neither his astonishing skills nor his considerable charm. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu
  • Directors: Tung-Shing "Derek" Yee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French
  • Dubbed: Cantonese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TGT7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shinjuku Incident" on IMDb

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- It's fast-paced, tense, dark and bloody.

- To some degree, it faithfully and vividly portraits the gang lives of some Chinese illegal immigrants in Japan. For example, it shows them making money buy selling fake phone cards, stealing from gambling machine, cleaning sewers, sorting garbage in recyclable and non-recyclable stuff, etc.

- The ending is predictable.
- It gives enough time to develop some good character development.
- This is not a typical movie by Jackie Chan. There's no joke. It's not a comedy-action movie.

- It's the BEST drama-acting of Jackie Chan so far. All his previous attempts at this are bad jokes. It's Definitely Worth Watching..
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I became a Jackie Chan fan almost 30 years ago (while living in Japan). I've collected probably over seventy of his movies.

This is an interesting, unexpected and out-of-character film for him. No humor. No martial arts. No outtakes. Graphic violence, and (some) gore. The main character is an average guy, a Chinese illegal immigrant to Japan, driven by desperation to a life of crime.

It is stated that three years were spent researching the history of illegal immigration to some parts of Japan; and the involvement of the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime). It is a fascinating expose of the way dishonesty, cruelty, immorality and violence may develop in any group of people trying to survive in an alien environment; crime as self-defense and self-preservation.

Most interesting to me, was Jackie Chan's narrative during the "Special Features." He is, as I have always thought, a good man with an optimistic (even simplistic) world view; and he spoke from a viewpoint of innocence, even naivete. Plainly, he was shocked and dismayed by the human stories he had uncovered. He talks about his research into these areas of illegal immigration and crime; how the "bad people" (human traffickers) lie to the aspiring immigrants, telling them that another country (Japan, even America) is better than their own country, but "this is not true, stay where you are, you will at least have your friends and family around you." Without knowing the language, illegal immigrants cannot speak to anyone and must live on the underbelly of society, stealing or (at the very least) being taken advantage of, to survive. He also spoke of how the women are mistreated in such circumstances, often forced to become prostitutes; and this seemed to hurt him to his heart.
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There is certainly an auteuristic streak in the small amount of cinema I have seen from Derek Yee. His previous film Protégé (2007) dealt with the drug trade in a didactic manner which is similar to the approach this film takes in dealing with illegal immigrants in Japan. Both this and Protégé have a curious and sometimes overacting performance from Daniel Wu (Rob-B-Hood). They also both involve severing an arm. But it is his didactic approach that annoys me a bit in this film. I could not quite verbalize it until watching the extras in which Jackie Chan states that the message of the film was that of "be happy where you are" which is, of course, simplistic and ultimately deadly if you are living in a repressive regime. However, I could forgive a bit of lesson-oriented cinema (I did in Protégé), but there were other issues on the forefront that lessoned my enjoyment of the film.

The biggest issue I think some people will have this is that they will be expecting a "Jackie Chan" film. It is not. I admire Jackie for extending his reach into cinema to take on a decidedly un-charismatic role though this is nowhere near the first time with Crime Story or New Police Story for roles in this vein and for a true antagonistic performance you can go way back to The Killer Meteors (1976). I think his performance is good. I did not think his character, along with several others, was well thought out though.

Jackie stars as "Steelhead" an illegal immigrant in Japan who is looking for his lost love Xiu-Xiu (Xu Jing-lei: The Warlords) who has disappeared at the same time he is trying to just survive. While this is a May-December relationship (she is much younger than he is), nothing is said about this in the film.
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That above is a quote from Jackie Chan. Jackie was also heard to remark: "I truly want to do something without action, just acting." With that in mind, he hooked up with director Tung-Shing Yee. Time was, films in which Jackie Chan assumed (and maintained) a dramatic role were few and far between. But as age has crept up on him Jackie's had to capitulate some. This is good for us as we're allowed a glimpse of his acting chops instead of his more routine kung fu chops. SHINJUKU INCIDENT has Jackie playing "Nick," an illegal Chinese immigrant who sneaks into Japan in search of an old flame. In Japan, Nick finds it a tough go surviving, barely scraping by on fleeting and very menial jobs.

Nick starts out an honorable man, an honest laborer. But repeated run-ins with the local mobsters convince him that, sometimes, turning the other cheek only means you get slapped on both sides of your face. Nick adapts. A fortuitous encounter with the local Yakuza boss provides a foothold in the underworld. It frees Nick from his meek existence in the shadows. For unspeakable services rendered, Nick is bestowed the Shinjuku district. SHINJUKU INCIDENT tracks Nick's meteoric rise to power and his equally rapid descent.

I don't know that it's a powerhouse performance that Jackie submits, but it's certainly intense and very well done. It's a surprising and terrific change of pace for him. And, it turns out, when Jackie isn't mugging and pratfalling for the camera, and when he's given a part to play that has weight and nuance, he delivers as an actor. He's just as charismatic without the kung fu and the clowning. In the bonus feature, Jackie mentions that he initially wanted the part of the wimpy "Joe," except that he promptly realized that his audience simply wouldn't buy him as a coward.
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