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...