I find it impossible to overstate how effective the marketing campaign for "Rumble in the Bronx" was on my young and impressionable self. The film, which boils down to a relentless series of stunt and fight sequences, proved to be the perfect vehicle to introduce Jackie Chan to North American audiences - here was the first action star who, as the adverts proclaimed, had no stuntmen, no fear, and no equal.
8/4/2018 - Streaming - Jackie Chan was still at the absolute height of his powers during this era. The action choreography is just stunning. It's impossible to watch without gasping. It has a complexity and sophistication comparable to a ballet. The story surrounding it is appropriately simple and straightforward acting only as a vehicle to get us to the next set piece.
The ultimate, colorful, fulfilled intersection of Jackie Chan's and America's '90s action-comedies, with strong kung-fu and jaws-agape stunt-destruction sequences. Incredibly, it never ceases to escalate. An absolute delight!
This movie is the reason I love HK martial arts cinema. It started it all for me. Before this, I had never seen a Jackie Chan movie or martial arts movie for that matter. I was very young the first time I watched this and was just wowed by it. I have watched this movie many times since and I now have one hell of a martial arts movie collection.
The acting is pretty bad, but not in a charming way. Holy hell that stunt where Jackie gets pulled across the water, though.
A part of me loves that this movie lacks any denoument whatsoever and cuts right to the blooper reel.