Battle Creek Brawl aka The Big Brawl (1980, Jackie Chan Period Martial Arts Fighting) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Fred Weintraub
Jackie Chan: Jerry
José Ferrer: Dominici
Kristine De Bell: Nancy
Mako: Herbert
Ron Max: Leggetti
Story and Screenplay Writer and Director: Robert Clouse
Writer (Story): Fred Weintraub
Producer: Terry Morse, Jr.

Battle Creek Brawl aka The Big Brawl (1980)

Jerry is forced into fighting for Dominici in The Battle Creek Brawl to get his brother’s fiancée back.


Given the disdainful reputation this film seems to have garnered as Jackie Chan’s first American production, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the imaginative, complex fight sequences and light balletic touch that marks Chan’s action of this period is completely intact. There is a complaint that the fight scenes are filmed at normal speed making them seem a little less frenetic than action in Chan’s Hong Kong movies (which are slightly undercranked). At the time, though, this wouldn’t have meant anything to audiences as they had not seen original Jackie Chan movies. Perhaps of more importance is that some of the camera angles and editing in the fight scenes do not quite capture the action at its best, largely because American crews had never filmed this kind of lengthy, complex action before. While certainly not as exhilarating as Chan’s best work, looking back, it is remarkable how unadulterated it is and it sits comfortably alongside Chan’s contemporary Hong Kong output and is certainly not embarrassed by it.

This movie contains mild swear words, bad language, adult dialogue, mild sensuality, melee and martial arts violence, knife violence and melee and martial arts violence, knife violence and mild sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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