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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarface in Japan, 18 Jun 2012
This review is from: Shinjuku Incident [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
Well. This was not what I was expecting at all. Forget your average stunt driven Kung Fu flick, The Shinjuku Incident sees Jackie Chan take on a much more serious role.

I'd compare this film to something akin to Scarface or the equally brilliant A Prophet, with all three films based around an immigrant's rise to power, up through the criminal ranks, to become top dog.

In fact, this film mirrors Scarface in many, many ways. This time however, we start not with Cuban's arriving in a strange land by boat, but Chinese immigrants being washed up on shore.

In a similar fashion to the now infamous Tony Montana, Jakie (or Steelhead) first tries to work legitimately but when that fails, he take matters into his own hands and starts working for criminal gangs. And, just as Scarface did, Jackie then tries to carve out a place for himself and his Chinese followers in a hostile land by navigating his way up the Yakuza ranks using politics and violence.

This was a very, very good gangster flick. It really was Scarface with a Yakuza twist. Jackie Chan perhaps lacked the acting chops to do the film justice, but don't let that put you off as he does OK. It was a brilliant film that borrowed heavily from lots of western gangster films (I saw touches of Carlito's Way in there too) to bring us something totally unique.

An Eastern twist on our old favourites was enough to make a tried and tested formula feel totally fresh and new. M16s are replaced with meat cleavers and samurai swords and Cuban and Colombian cartels replaced with Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean gangs.

Arms are chopped off, alliances are forged and everything starts to unravel as Jackie's grip on power starts to weaken. If you're a fan of either A Prophet or Scarface, you should love this film. It's essentially the same in many ways but with Triads in the Land of the Rising Sun. And instead of catch phrases like 'Chi Chi, get the yayo!' you hear that '30% percent it fate... the rest is a battle'.
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