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San suk si gin (2009)

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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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Tung-Shing Yee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Steelhead
Naoto Takenaka ... Inspector Kitano
Daniel Wu ... Jie
Jinglei Xu ... Xiu Xiu / Yuko Eguchi (as Xu Jing Lei)
Masaya Katô Masaya Katô ... Toshinari Eguchi
Bingbing Fan ... Lily (as Fan Bing Bing)
Tôru Minegishi Tôru Minegishi ... Koichi Muranishi
Kenya Sawada ... Nakajima (as Kenya)
Jack Kao ... Gao Jie
Paul Chun ... Uncle De
Suet Lam ... Old Ghost
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Hara Ooda
Yasuaki Kurata ... Taro Watagawa
Kar Lok Chin ... Hongkie (as Chin Ka Lok)
Ken Lo ... Little Tai (as Kenneth Low)
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Storyline

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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Loyalty. Survival. Betrayal. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

2 April 2009 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan in Shinjuku Incident See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Emperor Dragon Movies See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was originally to be released on September 25, 2008, but was delayed because of resistance from the Beijing government. See more »

Goofs

Jackie Chan's character's name, Tie Tou, is translated as "Steelhead", but the literal translation should be iron head. See more »

Alternate Versions

German distributor KSM released two DVDs: one features the uncut version and is rated "Not under 18". The other one is cut by ca. 1,5 minutes and has a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

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Great Story, Good Acting
3 September 2009 | by dvdxmlSee all my reviews

Yes, Jackie Chan can do serious drama acting.

In fact, if you're a fan or you're familiar with his pass work, such as 1985 "Heart of Dragon", he's drama acting is quite good.

Westerners who only know Jackie by "Rush Hour" might find this film distasteful as it doesn't fit their stereotypical expectation of a funny/silly ass kicking Jackie Chan.

This movie puts on stage the tragic human drama of Chinese illegal immigrants in japan. The film payed a lot of attention in the details, and its backed up by so many good/great actors from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and japan.

The director strikes a PERFECT balance in handling the sensitive relationship between Chinese and Japanese.

There isn't much special effects in this movie. It all comes down to the realistic acting and intriguing storyline and ends with a befitting conclusion.

It's very unfortunate this movie hasn't received the publicity it deserves especially in the west. If you're observant, you might notice that even "IMDb.com" is downplaying the influence of great Asian movies such as this one by giving it a Cantonese title "San Suk Si Gin (2009)" instead of "Shinjiku Incident" in an attempt to withhold it from English speaking audience.

Everyone from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most of all japan, SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE.

Ironically, if you're westerner who likes Jackie Chan because of Rush hour, YOU DEFINITELY WON'T LIKE THIS DRAMA!


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