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The Big Brawl (1980)

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A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

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Pat E. Johnson ...
Carl (as Pat Johnson)
Mary Ellen O'Neill ...
Dominici's Mother
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Kwan
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Miss Wong
Peter Marc Jacobson ...
Jug (as Peter Marc)
Marcus K. Mukai ...
Robert (as Marcus Mukai)
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A Korean man seeks fame and fortune in 1930s America when he enters an all-comers martial arts competition despite the opposition of the Mob, his father and several imposing opponents. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A Martial Arts fight to the finish. Filmed in America by the producers of 'Enter the Dragon'.

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Action | Comedy

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18 August 1980 (Australia)  »

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The Big Brawl  »

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Jackie Chan's first American film. See more »

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As the camera changes front views of both Jackie and Kiss during the street crowd scene, two extras (a dark-haired woman in a checked suit and a bald man in a blue suit) are simultaneously located viewing the action behind both Jackie and Kiss. See more »

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Much better than "RUSH HOUR"
29 July 1999 | by (CARDIFF, WALES) – See all my reviews

This is the acceptable face of Jackie Chan.Although there is some unsophisticated comedy here,gone is the ridiculously over the top grimacing and slapstick which mars even the best of his Hong Kong work. The action here is exciting and the latter fights are prolonged,much better than "RUSH HOUR" and its too short skirmishes. Jose Ferrer makes for quite a good villain and lends a touch of class to the proceedings,rest of cast is up to par although the leading lady leaves a lot to be desired. The brawls in the tournament are well choreographed and increase in intensity as the film progresses.Personally I do not think it matters if Chan does not oversee his own action scenes as he needs someone to reign in his excesses.He is not and never will be another Bruce Lee as he has no animal magnetism in his fight scenes so any action director who can make him look tougher can only be an advantage to his future Hollywood career.Robert Clouse tried to do that and that is why "THE BIG BRAWL" is Chan's best American movie so far.


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