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Battle Creek Brawl (The Big Brawl) (Region 2) (Import)

Jackie Chan , José Ferrer , Robert Clouse    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell, mako
  • Directors: Robert Clouse
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WVRVPG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Norwegian. Filmed in the U.S., Battle Creek Brawl is Jackie Chan's (The Medallion, Shanghai Knights) first crossover movie into the international arena. Chan stops at nothing to show the world his pioneering definition of the kung fu combat genre. Settling in Chicago in the 1930s, Jerry Kwan (Jackie Chan)'s serene life is turned upside down when an unmerciful head of a mobster syndicate takes his brother's fiancée as hostage and forces Jerry to enter a no-holds-barred combat tournament-The Battle Creek Brawl in Texas. With so much at stake, Jerry enlists the help of his kung fu master to train him for the ultimate fight, only to go head-to-head with a rival mobster boss hell-bent on snatching the Brawls champion trophy. Battle Creek Brawl imaginatively showcases some of Jackie Chan's best action and fight sequences. It's action as you've never seen it before. Don't miss it!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first best american success from Jackie 4 Aug 2003
By Jeshan
Format:DVD
In my opinion Jackie Chan made it. This is really a very good film with good fight scenes. The fight scenes are very typical to Bruce Lee, but Jackie can do it too. The fim is really not typical to other Jackie movies but it is great. Jackie is showing that he is able to be a new Bruce Lee in this thrilling movie! A must see for all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Brawl in Town 4 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Jackie Chan's first attempt to break into the American market doesn't really stand up when compared to Drunken Master, Fearless Hyena or any of the other early classics he was making in Hong Kong at the time. But, nevertheless, it is good for what it is. Jackie is the son of a chinese resturant owner who refuses to let his son fight. However, Jackie has other ideas and is secretly learning kung-fu from his uncle - a chiropracter (apologies for spelling). Whilst defending his father from the local mob he comes to the attention of the mob leader who needs a fighter for the upcoming Battlecreek Brawl. He sets about blackmailing Jackie into fighting for him...which he does!!! The fights aren't as fast or as fluid as they are in Jackie Chan's Jackie Chan films, and this just shows how little control Jackie had over the choreography. However, there are a few scenes in which Jackie gets to show what he's made of and the fact he speaks in English gives it something special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed watching this one! 1 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I think it's unfair to call this a bad film. It's Jackie's first American outing, and it's true he wasn't allowed to coreograph the fights, but I think he shows his physical talents all the time. Just look at the introduction! Jackie punches and kicks and jumps and flips his way through the whole film, just as we love to see him! And the jazz inspired score is nice, especially compared with his early Asian films. The DVD is great! Picture, sound and extras are excellent. Over all I think it's one of his best films, and I own 25.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
After amazing success in the Asian market with stunners like 'Snake In The Eagle's Shadow' and 'Drunken Master', Jackie was given the opportunity to appear in 'The Big Brawl' aka 'Battle Creek Brawl', which was his first movie made for the American market.
Set in 1930's America, Chan stars as a martial artist who has been forced to fight in the titular Battle Creek Brawl by a mobster gang.
Being produced by Fred Weintraub and directed by Robert Clouse (who both had the same involvements with Bruce Lee's magnum opus 'Enter The Dragon'), this is really lame. The only bits really worth their salt are the training bits, but the actual combat scenes are lame and are more like the sort of thing you see in a WWF arena without the costumes (although some of the combatants' costumes are a bit iffy).
Jackie not being given his usual creative control either of the camera or what he could do in the action sequences was to be a big minus for his fans. As an example, there is one baddie he does a series of very quick hand strikes on, but the camera is so badly positioned that the baddie almost completely obscures what Jackie is doing. 'Even the best techniques are useless if the camera doesn't catch them' was one of the lines uttered in the documentary 'Jackie Chan: My Stunts'; that was absolutely correct. He does, however, do an aerial triple-kick that's worthy of a rewind.
Another problem was that Jackie had not been speaking English for that long, so he had a hard time with his acting whilst struggling with a then-very-new language.
This is a bit of a disappointment all round, really...
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