Shinjuku Incident (2009, Jackie Chan Crime Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Executive Producer: Jackie Chan
Producer: Willie Chan
Producer: Solon So
Writer: Derek Yee
Writer: Chun Tin Nam
Jackie Chan: Steelhead
Director: Derek Yee
Naoto Takenaka: Inspector Kitano
Daniel Wu: Jie
Xu Jing Lei: Xiu Xiu / Yuko Eguchi
Masaya Kato: Toshinari Eguchi
Toru Minegishi: Koichi Muranishi

Shinjuku Incident (2009)

Chinese farmer Steelhead illegally travels to Japan to find his girlfriend who left a year or so ago to make her fortune. When he arrives, he discovers the streets are not paved with gold. Not unless you’re willing to paint them with blood first.


This is unquestionably the best written Jackie Chan movie in his entire career. Shinjuku Incident has an interesting story in an interesting setting with convincingly crafted characters. Jackie exhibits a baffling character trait where he refuses money as a gift or for services rendered but is happy enough to steal, cheat and kill for it. This isn’t a good man forced to do bad things; he sees a, criminal, shortcut and takes it and discovers he’s rather good living on the wrong side of the law. There have been a few Jackie Chan movies where they said ‘you’ll see Jackie as you’ve never seen him before.’ This is the first and only time it’s been true. What’s amazing is that the setups for Chan-tastic fight sequences are all there but then he either runs away (and gets reinforcements) or flails inelegantly. He’s not even called Jack or Jackie in the movie (his name is Steelhead though, which is sufficiently awesome). It really is a genuine shock and is another reason to see this movie, if only to experience that surprisingly deep feeling.

This movie contains mild swear words and substance abuse and strong graphic violence, gory and very unpleasant scenes and mild non-sexual nudity, sex scene.

Classified 18 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.

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