It’s been a while since I saw a trailer for a Jackie Chan movie and thought, “Wow, I’d sure like to see that.” This is no “Rush Hour”, folks, this is Jackie Chan doing the drama thing, and from the looks of this trailer, “The Shinjuku Incident” looks like it has the makings of an epic gangster film devoid of the usual Chan pratfalls and wacky faces. Watch the Clown Prince of Kung Fu cry, shoot, and stab bad Japanese people after the jump.
About the movie:
In the early 1990s, a tractor mechanic from China nicknamed Steelhead (Jackie Chan) enters Japan illegally, in search of his girlfriend Xiu Xiu (Xu Jinglei). Steelhead and his friend, Jie (Daniel Wu) meet in the busy Shinjuku district of Tokyo and take manual labouring jobs to earn money. When Steelhead finds out that Xiu Xiu has married a Japanese Yakuza leader named Eguchi (Ken Watanabe), he decides to remain in Japan. To obtain citizenship, he agrees to work for Eguchi as a killer, but quickly becomes used to the power. Soon he has become embroiled so deeply in the ways of the yakuza that there is no turning back.
Starring Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu, Jinglei Xu, and Bingbing Fan. Derek Yee (“One Nite in Mongkok”, “Protege”) directs.
“The Shinjuku Incident” opens in Asia April 2, 2009.