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Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

Hung fan kui (original title)
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A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills.

Director:

Stanley Tong

Writers:

Edward Tang, Fibe Ma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Keung
Anita Mui ... Elaine
Françoise Yip ... Nancy (as Francois Yip)
Bill Tung ... Uncle Bill
Marc Akerstream ... Tony
Garvin Cross ... Angelo
Morgan Lam ... Danny
Ailen Sit Ailen Sit ... Tony's Gang Member
Man-Ching Chan Man-Ching Chan ... Tony's Gang Member (as Chan Man Ching)
Fred Andrucci Fred Andrucci ... Tony's Gang Member
Mark Antoniuk Mark Antoniuk ... Tony's Gang Member
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Tony's Gang Member (as Lauro Chartrand)
Chris Franco Chris Franco ... Tony's Gang Member
Lance Gibson ... Tony's Gang Member
David Hooper ... Tony's Gang Member
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Storyline

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Taglines:

No Fear. No Stuntman. No Equal


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violent sequences | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumble in the Bronx See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,907, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$32,392,047

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,748,899
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (original release)| Dolby SR (US version)| SDDS (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, I am Jackie Chan: My life in Action, Jackie Chan talked about the initial difficulty of filming a movie in Vancouver, British Columbia, that is set in New York City. The production team initially had to put up fake graffiti during the day, and take it all down during the evening, while simultaneously making sure that no mountains made it into the background. However, Chan decided that it was best that the production team focus on the action only, without worrying too much about scenery. Viewers have noted mountains in the background, which doesn't exist in the New York City landscape. See more »

Goofs

When the two girls from each gang race on top of the cars in the alley, the blonde girl's last car is a station wagon but in earlier shots you can obviously tell it is a Chevy Suburban. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: Batter up!
[Evil Psychopathic Laugh]
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes of the stunts performed, the stunts that went wrong, the injuries and funny scenes. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the international release, New Line Cinema made numerous changes, including to the script, the removal of over twenty minutes of footage, re-dubbing the mainly sync-sound dialogue, featuring English and Cantonese, almost all into English, and a new music score. The Hong Kong version opens with Keung leaving the airport. The New Line Cinema version runs the opening credits over footage of his plane arriving in New York. Footage that doesn't appear in the New Line Cinema version:
  • Some conversation between Keung and Uncle Bill in the car.
  • Some shots of Keung making funny gestures at the mirror, unaware that Elaine is watching from behind it.
  • As Elaine is shown around the store, two local punks appear, then extort some money before helping themselves to some things beside the cash register.
  • Some shots during the bike race.
  • Some shots of Keung shouting Uncle Bill to open the door.
  • Conversation between Keung and Elaine at Uncle Bill's wedding is a little longer.
  • The wedding duet from 'Princess Chang Ping', by Uncle Bill and Whitney.
  • Some shots of Keung exercising in the apartment.
  • Some shots from the first scene of the gang stealing from the store, including Keung observing from behind glass.
  • After Keung fends off the gang at the market, he delivers a lecture on Chinese Martial Arts. Elaine couldn't understand it, and therefore, wasn't able translate to the Western store workers.
  • Some shots of Elaine closing the store with Keung's assistance.
  • Some shots when the gang ambush Keung at night.
  • After the scene in which Keung wakes up, he goes to the market, but is met with a cold reception from Elaine. The two extortionists return, but Keung confronts and scares them off. The biker gang re-appear at the store, Keung then quickly leaves to call the police. As he confronts them, the police arrive, prompting the gang to disperse. Keung leaves after trying to tend to a shaken Elaine, who is then helped by a store employee.
  • Some shots of the gang chasing Keung during the day.
  • Some of the conversation between Keung and Danny in the apartment.
  • The same extortionists return to the market and Elaine tries, in vain, to scare them away with a mean look, but is attacked.
  • A frustrated officer tells another, who is smoking a cigar, to "take that piece of dog crap out of your mouth."
  • Elaine shows the market to prospectus buyers.
  • A shot of police observing Angelo as he tries to retrieve the diamonds.
  • Whilst questioned at the apartment, one of the suited men asks Keung if he has seen any diamonds.
  • Some shots when Keung and Nancy are together at night.
  • Some shots when the gang raid the store in retaliation for Nancy and Keung's actions.
  • Some shots when men in suits have two gang members captive.
  • A scene in which Keung and Nancy arrive at the apartment, but Elaine emerges, expressing disdain towards him for what has happened.
  • Some shots of Keung, Nancy and Elaine at the ruined market.
  • Some shots of the fight at the clubhouse.
  • The impassioned speech by Keung to the gang is a little longer.
  • Some shots when the men in suits are at the apartment to retrieve the diamonds.
  • Some shots at the newly-refurbished market.
  • Some shots when Keung is interrogated in the boathouse.
  • Some shots with Keung and the police after escaping from the boathouse.
  • Several shots of the hovercraft and its pursuit.
  • Some shots of White Tiger being chased.
Footage that appears only in the New Line Cinema version:
  • Nancy and Keung outside the nightclub, escaping from the gang.
  • White Tiger receives a telephone call whilst playing golf.
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Connections

References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Kung Fu
Written by Tim Wheeler
Performed by Ash
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Hollywood bound
13 January 2004 | by GarritSherovaSee all my reviews

Jackie Chan had never had a box office hit in America despite starring in Hollywood films such as 'Battle Creek Brawl' and 'The Protector' in the 1980s. 'Rumble in the Bronx' was a Hong Kong made film, but they wanted it to have international appeal and achieved this through its New York setting and American background characters. The film intended to introduce Jackie Chan to the West, and that's exactly what it did - but they didn't expect it to be a number one box office hit.

The story involves Keung (Jackie Chan) coming over to America to visit his Uncle who owns a grocery store in the Bronx. Soon enough a biker gang turns up and causes havoc at the store, so it's up to Keung to fend off the bad guys, uncover police corruption, and generally save the day in style.

This is a high energy film and the pace never lets up, there isn't one big set piece in this film there are many big set pieces, but the most impressive stunt has to be the one where Jackie jumps from the top of a multi-storey car park onto a small balcony across the road. The multiple camera set up shows us that there is no safety netting or use of wires - just Jackie entrusting his own life in his own abilities.

Naturally there are countless fight scenes where Jackie shows us his own brand of kung fu comedy, including the process of making inanimate objects become very animated indeed. Only he can turn pinball machines, trolleys and fridge doors into weapons! The only slight criticism I would have is that the fights are over edited, people like Jean Claude Van-Damme and Steven Segal might need a lot of cuts to put a fight scene together, but Jackie doesn't - he's an expert choreographer, and the cuts are needless. I'm not saying that the fight sequences are under par, because they're not, they are still very impressive - especially to people who haven't seen the man in action.

When the American audiences saw 'Rumble in the Bronx', they saw the real Jackie Chan not the shadow of a man struggling to gain artistic input under a Hollywood studios control. They were wowed by the death-defying stunts, frenetic fight sequences, and the sheer energy of the film from start to finish got word-of-mouth working overtime.

'Rumble in the Bronx' was the surprise box office hit of 1996, it made the West sit up and take notice of an exceptional talent they had long overlooked. The next time Jackie Chan would star in a Hollywood film he would be given the respect he had always deserved - and another box office hit.


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