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In China, the poor worker Tietou repairs tractors and misses his sweetheart Xiu Xiu, back in Japan, she having never sent any news to her family or him. While illegally emigrating to Japan, Tietou loses his Chinese documents and so cannot return to his country. He is welcomed by his countrymen who lodge and work in Shinjuku where they also help him to find illegal work. While running from a police raid through the sewage system where Chinese are illegally working, Tietou saves Inspector Kitano from drowning in the dirty water. Later, after an incident with his cousin, Joe, and a Taiwan gang, Tietou saves the powerful Yakuza boss Toshinari Eguchi. He is the husband of Xiu Xiu, who is now called Yuko and are parents of a little daughter. The mobster offers a dirty job to Tietou; in retribution, he promises to deliver the quarter dominated by the Taiwan gang to him. Tietou becomes the boss of the Chinese illegal immigrants. But his peaceful methods make him unpopular and Tietou starts to... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
According to director Tung-Shing Yee, the film has been in the planning stages for almost 10 years, and was due to start filming in May 2006 but because Chan was busy filming Rush Hour 3 (2007), filming for San suk si gin (2009) was delayed. Yee didn't mind waiting until Chan's busy schedule had a slot, as the two are good friends and because Yee feels Chan is right for the role. On 26 September 2007, it stated on Chan's website that filming will begin in "a few weeks" in Japan. Filming began in November 2007. See more »
Jackie Chan's character's name, Tie Tou, is translated as "Steelhead", but the literal translation should be iron head. See more »
Shinjuku Incident isn't your regular Jackie Chan movie - no big acrobatic stunts, no comedy setpieces but instead a story-led drama that relies more on Jackie Chan's acting skills than it does on his athleticism. But although he's a much better dramatic actor than he's given credit for (as Crime Story showed) and this drama is definitely a big improvement on his recent turkeys without actually being a great film, it's not quite the great breakthrough it could have been. In some ways it's a fairly average but decently executed morality tale, with Chan's illegal immigrant going to Japan to find his long missing fiancé and taking on underpaid dirty jobs before discovering she's married a Yakuza boss and finding himself on the first rungs of a life of crime with various petty scams. One very convenient coincidence later and he's agreeing to kill in exchange for running the Shinjuku district and, as if that doesn't outrage the less than racially progressive old school Yakuza members enough, in a somewhat more unlikely plot development, trying to run the area without crime as a mutual help association. Unfortunately, while he's reluctant to commit to crime fulltime, his friends aren't, with inevitably tragic results...
While the Japanese location adds novelty, the story isn't exactly overburdened with originality, making it perhaps more interesting for Chan fans who get to see him do all the things the ever conscious of his role model status star refused to do on screen for years: playing a villain, cold-bloodedly murdering people and even having a brief sex scene. It's inevitable that he'll see the error of his ways and pay the price (the film also makes a case against illegal immigration even if it is played as a 90s period piece), which may make the film seem somewhat soft and rather moralistic to Western audiences, but it's perhaps best seen as a transitional effort from a star who realises he is getting too old for the stunts that made his fame and needs to find character roles if he's to stay in front of the cameras as well as behind them. Sadly for much of the first half of the film he's a little too blank and anonymous, though there are moments that show what he's capable of - the scene where he's finally reunited with his fiancé is a remarkably expressive bit of underplaying - though it's in the second half that he finally seems to really find the character as the dramatic opportunities increase. Sadly the underplaying doesn't extend to Daniel Wu as an initially nervous friend whose attempts at an honest life go horribly wrong: while he's more restrained than usual for the first two thirds of the film he goes into his typical wild overacting mode when his character goes downhill at high speed. Much more impressive are Naoto Takenaka sympathetic Japanese cop, Masaya Kato's smooth Yakuza and Xu Jing Lei and Fan Bing Bing as the women in Chan's new life, while Lam Suet provides a familiar face for Hong Kong film fans as one of Chan's gang.
One Night in Mongkok director Derek Yee shows a much better grasp of his material here, throwing in some impressive visuals and a particularly striking opening sequence of immigrants huddled on a beach near a wrecked ship, while co-star Kar Lok Chin's fight choreography is deliberately realistically clumsy and brutish, with Chan convincingly hiding his martial arts training and avoiding big showcase stunts - the film's most memorable act of violence involves a machete and a hand. It's not a great film, but it is a good one: it's just best not too expect too much too soon from Chan's new direction.
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