Thongs and Octopus accept a job from their landlord: kidnap a baby. Soon, the baby awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather.
A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets.
Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, who is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named Ok-Soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.
At a Hong Kong shopping center, Buck Yuen's (Jackie Chan's) intuition warns him. He saves a robbery's loot and gets on television, ends up in Istanbul via South Korea, and accidentally becomes a spy. Fortunately, he knows Kung Fu.
A Special Agent is assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.
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, this movie had been in the planning stages for almost ten years, and was due to start filming in May 2006, but because Chan was busy filming Rush Hour 3 (2007), filming for this movie was delayed. Yee didn't mind waiting until Chan's busy schedule had a slot, as the two are good friends, and because Yee felt Chan was right for the role. On September 26, 2007, it stated on Chan's website that filming was scheduled to 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 »
Hong Kong theatrical version was cut to secure a Cat IIB rating. DVD release is uncut with a Cat III rating. See more »
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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