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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.
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
Jackie Chan, about 54 years old at this point, has officially 'retired' from using his unique martial arts skill set on film. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Julian Pope
With a love of Jackie Chan films and Yakuza films, seeing how they are combined in Shinjuku Incident would be a dream come true for me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S Wong
Everything I excepted. Very good movie, love anything Chan does.
I have most of his collection in vhs.
I was a little disappointed in this movie. It starts out slow and never seems to gather much speed. Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by B. J.