These days Jackie Chan is a worldwide superstar, but that wasn’t always the case here in the United States. Prior to his hit breakout film Rumble in the Bronx, he made several attempts to kick start an American career that never really delivered what he had hoped. Thanks to Shout Factory his first US film Battle Creek Brawl aka The Big Brawl is now coming to Blu-ray in a double feature with the action comedy City Hunter.
Battle Creek Brawl follows a man who is forced to enter a martial arts competition during the 1930s to protect his father against the mob and hopefully earn enough money to make all their troubles go away. While this movie was a disappointment at the box office, it has reached a more cult following over the years. The film delivers Chan’s signature brand of action and comedy, but is watered down a bit due to the American production. The story is really simple with a soundtrack that will stick in your head, but Chan is the reason this film delivers at all. This is far from one of his better movies, but is so fun that you can’tr help but get sucked in. There is nothing better than watching Chan fight without fighting as well as an old school roller derby style race that you will not soon forget.
City Hunter follows a private eye caught on a cruise ship during a hijacking by ruthless American criminals while searching for a publishing tycoons runaway daughter. This film is based on the manga of the same name and is probably one of Chan’s silliest movies to date. This film clearly took to being based off a comic series literally as it throws in numerous cartoonish aspects in an attempt to create a vibe, but for the most part gets so silly that you cannot stay with it. There isn’t near as much action as the usual Chan films, but the few action scenes that are here showcase his usual style while being almost overshadowed by the silliness of it all. This film sports a pretty popular sequence that sports a bunch of them suddenly becoming characters from the video game Street Fighter that is entertaining but a bit goofy. Beside’s Chan, this film also features martial arts icons Gary Daniels and Richard Norton as the over the top villains.
Shout Factory has continues to deliver the greats like never before and while these aren’t some of Chan’s best films, this set is worth getting your hands on the one that started it all for his Us career with Battle Creek Brawl and is sure to be a perfect addition to your Chan collection.
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