Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Shinjuku Incident (2009) @ 新宿事件

"Hi mum. Check out my new girlfriend."
At a glance:
Big Bro Jackie Chan is reluctant hero Steelhead, immigrant Chinese fella who goes to Shinjuku in search for better life and also one-time lover Xiu Xiu (Xu Jing Lei). Sloggin through Jap dirt, he finds friends among those in same boat (quite literally) and works his way into yakuza favour via a few lucky moves, even meetin a mamasan chick along the way (Fan Bing Bing). Daniel Wu plays his repressed sidekick who eventually goes Joker/Two Face on the whole lot.
Bad news on the doorstep:
Jackie Chan fans might be a bit disappointed this crime drama isn't a newer police story or a Shinjuku version of Rumble In The Bronx but you still get to see a few stunts here and there. By and large, picture is Blood Brothers starrin Fan Bing Bing (pic) instead of Shu Qi, with messier editin and scorin, though violence is intact.
Watch out for:
Wonderful smaller parts from Masaya Kato (slick prettyboy yakuza), Jack Kao (Taiwanese head honcho) and Naoto Takenaka (likeable police detective).
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Three and a half. Could do better if there were a Fan Bing Bing sex scene with Jack Kao.