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Shinjuku Incident (2009)
"San suk si gin" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  2 April 2009 (Hong Kong)
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A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet.

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Jinglei Xu ...
Xiu Xiu / Yuko Eguchi (as Xu Jing Lei)
Masaya Katô ...
Tôru Minegishi ...
Koichi Muranishi
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Gao Jie
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Nakajima (as Kenya)
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Yasuaki Kurata ...
Taro Watagawa
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Lily (as Fan Bing Bing)
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Suet Lam ...
Kar Lok Chin ...
Hongkie (as Chin Ka Lok)
Ken Lo ...
Little Tai (as Kenneth Low)
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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

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They destroyed his life... Now he'll destroy them all. See more »

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Rated R for graphic violence, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Power Changes People
7 August 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In China, the poor worker Nick (Jackie Chan) works repairing tractors and misses his sweetheart Xiu Xiu (Jinglei Xu) that moved to Japan and has never sent any news to her family or him. While illegally emigrating to Japan, Nick loses his Chinese documents; therefore his journey would have no return to his country. He is welcomed by his countrymen that lodge and help him to find illegal work in Shinjuku. While running from a police raid in the sewage system where Chinese are illegally working, Nick saves Inspector Kitano (Naoto Takenaka) from drowning in the dirty water. Later, after an incident with his cousin Joe (Daniel Wu) and the Taiwan gang, Nick saves the powerful Yakuza boss Toshinari Eguchi (Masaya Kato) and husband of Xiu Xiu, who is now called Yuko and has a little daughter with Eguchi. The mobster offers a dirty job to Nick; in retribution, he promises to deliver the quarter dominated by the Taiwan gang to him. Nick becomes the boss of the Chinese illegal immigrants; however he loses control of his countrymen, leading the Chinese gang to a tragic end.

"San Suk Si Gin" is a surprisingly great Yakuza movie that discloses the raise and fall of a poor illegal immigrant with warming-heart in an environment of corruption, betrayal and greed. I dare to say that the storyline is very similar to 1983 "Scarface", now set in place in an exotic neighborhood. The anti-hero Jackie Chan is a contradictory man with good principles that loses his innocence in a hostile environment and is capable of murdering to improve his and his countrymen's lives. My only remark is the ridiculous Brazilian DVD released by the distributor Califórnia Filmes that does not offer the original languages (Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese) but only awfully versions dubbed in English or Portuguese instead. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Massacre no Bairro Chines" ("Massacre in the Chinese Quarter")


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