Coming to Blu-ray and to DVD as a two-disc Ultimate Edition featuring a host of extras, including behind the scenes featurettes, cast interviews and deleted scenes, this is a must-have for Jackie Chan fans and lovers of action cinema.
Most people know Jackie Chan only for his talents as a martial artist. He is by far one of the most creative, skilled, and well-known people working in martial arts films - not just at the moment, but of all time. He has worked in dozens and dozens of films, and every one is simply brilliant. In each one, he comes up with new and improved ways to show off his skills, often incredibly and surprisingly entertaining ways.
Shinjuku Incident, is a break away from the stereotypical Jackie Chan role that many people will solely know him for. It gives him the chance to demonstrate that he is more than just a man who can fight, he is also a very, very talented actor. In what is arguably one of his best performances to date, Chan gives a magnificent portrayal of a Chinese man forced to work illegally in Japan in search of the woman that he loves.
Because he is in Japan illegally, Chan's character, nicknamed Steelhead, must work some of the more difficult jobs in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It is whilst working one of these jobs that he finds his love, seeing her with another man. Naturally saddened by the affair, he decides that he must do what he can to move on and make a life for himself in Japan.
That life, however, he soon finds comes at a high price. As an illegal worker, there are few avenues open to him to earn money legitimately, and he and his friends must turn to the criminal underworld of Shinjuku, a path which is a dangerously narrow tightrope to walk. Violence, grief, betrayal - all surface here in Shinjuku Incident, and all are vividly portrayed. To say that the film draws you in is an utter understatement; it absorbs you entirely within the world of Shinjuku, Tokyo, and never loses you for a moment. We rejoice as Chan rejoices, we mourn as Chan mourns, we live right beside him every step of the way.
That the film has not become particularly well-known is a real shame, and I am incredibly grateful that it saw a DVD and Blu-Ray release here in the UK. Shinuju Incident is certainly worthy of the High Definition quality, and deserves to be watched on Blu-Ray to truly appreciate the depths of tones that the director and director of photography have captured throughout the film; the picture is beautiful, and must be viewed in the highest quality possible.
If you are looking for a Jackie Chan martial arts film with a healthy dose of light-hearted comedy, then Shinjuku Incident is not what you are looking for. But if you are looking for something more than that, for something with a real story behind it, something that gives Chan the chance to show how much more he has to offer to world cinema, then Shinjuku Incident will not disappoint. Its story is at times uplifting, at times tragic, and at all times it is brilliantly filmed. It is certainly Chan's finest work as an actor in recent years, and quite possibly his finest throughout his long career in the film industry. It is Asian Cinema at its best.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free blu-ray player in order to play. Provocative, compelling and underscored with hard-hitting action, this pulse-pounding thriller explodes with tension, and delivers a career-defining performance from international action-superstar, Jackie Chan. Hundreds of Chinese refugees wash up on Japan's Wakasa Bay. Each has a dream of a better life, but most will encounter only prejudice and oppression. One, a law-abiding farm-worker known as Steelhead (Jackie Chan), has come to find the woman he has loved since childhood (Xu Jinglei), but his quest ends in bitter rejection, when he discovers she has married Yakuza underboss, Eguchi (Masaya Kato). Heartbroken, his life descends into darkness, and petty crime quickly escalates to murder. With blood on his hands, he will risk everything to secure a future for his people, as they face an increasingly brutal onslaught from a criminal empire protected by a secret code. However, ancient traditions will not be broken, and his defiance will lead to all-out war, as both factions fight for control of the infamous Shinjuku district in the heart of Japan's greatest city. Ultimately pursued by forces on both sides of the law, he must fight for redemption and the survival of those he loves in the darkest night he has ever known... Actors Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu, Jinglei Xu, Masaya Katô, Tôru Minegishi, Jack Kao, Kenya Sawada, Hiroyuki Nagato, Yasuaki Kurata, Bingbing Fan & Suet Lam Director Tung-Shing Yee Certificate 18 years and over Year 2009 Screen Widescreen Languages Cantonese - DTS HD Master audio 5.1 Additional Languages English Subtitles English Duration 1 hour and 58 minutes (approx)
Hong Kong action thriller starring Jackie Chan. Steelhead (Chan) is an illegal Chinese immigrant who arrives in Japan's Wakasa Bay in search of his childhood sweetheart, Xiu Xiu (Jinglei Xu). However, his search ends in bitterness and disappointment when he discovers she is now married to yakuza boss Eguchi (Masaya Kato), and has a young daughter with him. Heartbroken, Steelhead's life soon spirals into petty crime, murder and gangland warfare after a series of incidents lead to him being targeted by powerful forces on both sides of the law.