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Rotten: Try as he might, strut as he does toward climactic showdowns with ruthless adversaries, Chan's] character remains an incongruous muddle. Same goes for the movie.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, April 23, 2010
Fresh: Shinjuku Incident forgoes flashy action scenes in favor of old-fashioned moralism. Warner Bros. could have made it in the 1930s, and that's a compliment.
- Brian Miller, Village Voice, Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Rotten: Shinjuku Incident strains for social significance, but it is too timidly produced to risk depicting any recognizable reality.
- Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Shinjuku Incident is a Hong Kong crime thriller that isn't new to director Tung-Shing Yee. There is just nothing that stands out about it.The story isn't anything special, despite the fact that there is some meat to it. Still, the pacing of this picture is slow to moderate and with a run time of just under 2 hours, this isn't exactly a fun sit through.As with any other yakuza gangster type film, Shinjuku Incident has its fair share of violence and action. It comes in the form of typical beatings and gang clashes. This is NOT Jackie Chan martial arts and stunt work. This is far from it.Jackie Chan is hit or miss in this film. He is OK when involved in the gangster activities and looking out for his friends. On the other hand, he disappoints when it comes to the love triangle storyline. In the meantime, Naoto Takenaka, Masaya Kato, and Fan Bingbing produce good supporting performances, while Daniel Wu goes through an interesting metamorphosis throughout the film.Shinjuku Incident is a movie more for Hong Kong crime thrillers than Jackie Chan fanatics. Take a chance on it.
- skactopus, Sunday, November 1, 2009
Im probably being a little generous with the four stars, because even though this is a really good movie, it does come amongst a host of recent Hong Kong gangster flicks, and somehow, I dont feel this has pushed the boundaries - it doesnt really stand out amongst the other modern classics like Election 1 and 2, Fatal Move and SPL. But this seriously has the opportunity to be an epic, like a HK Gangs of New York... but it didn't get there. For those who love Jackie, like me, should appreciate the other side to his comic talents and kung fu mastery, as with movies like New Police Story. It shows that he really can act beyond comedy. Supported by a really good cast, set in Tokyo, in the famed Shinjuku District, mixing a humble love story with muderous gangters, innocence and guilt, love and betrayl, and in the underworld, nearly everyone loses. Jackie plays a farmer/diesel mechanic, who illegal migrates to Japan to find his girlfriend who has disappeared. Working hard to earn a living, he finally realises that his girl has married a Yakuza Boss, and the Chinese immigrants were being roughed by the local gangster groups. Vowing to help the Chinese and establish order, he decides to forge a temporary alliance with a Yakuza boss and take over the enemy turf for the Chinese immigrants. But when he finally leaves the illegality behind, he finds that he is pulled into the underworld again, where he and everyone else is being betrayed by each other for power and money... and the only person who wants none of it is Jackie. Even though it is not a unqiue concept, the ideals and characters are very unique, the storytelling is heavy drama, but watchable as we see Jackie's character evolve, and his heart split between two women, his loyalty split between his personal life and his countrymen. Its enjoyable if you're into gangster thrillers, but dont expect a kung fu komedy fest... this is far from it. The violence is graphic, but its kinda tame compared to SPL and Fatal Move... the gangster themes are strong, but the enemity and underworld "sense" are far stronger in Election - but that was probably due to a stellar cast. Its a movie certainly in the middle... and I think why its because it needed ratings approval and tried to avoid censorship troubles. The movie wasn't released in China either. Enjoy!
- kpn666, Friday, July 17, 2009