Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

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At age 40, Jackie Chan finally had his big U.S. box office breakthrough with Rumble in the Bronx, making ten times its budget worldwide. New Line Cinema acquired the film and put it out with a new score and an English dub. The dubbing isn't great and neither is the plot, but that's not why you're watching. Jackie Chan and many other stunt performers put their lives on the line to entertain you in this well-directed martial arts film. While set in the Bronx, the film was shot in Vancouver, where Chan battles neon biker gangs and gangsters in search of lost diamonds. There's humor interspersed throughout and Chan's affability carries the movie. A more coherent plot might've added additional impact to the well choreographed stunt scenes. But the crazy stunt bloopers at the end add to the lengths that Chan and the stunt folks went to entertain us.

Rumble in the Bronx is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts film starring Jackie Chan, Anita Mui and Fran├žoise Yip. It was directed by Stanley Tong, with action choreographed by Chan and Tong. Released in Hong Kong in 1995, Rumble in the Bronx had a successful worldwide theater run, and brought Chan into the North American mainstream. The film is set in the Bronx area of New York City, but was filmed in and around Vancouver, Canada. The film grossed US$76 million worldwide (approximately $140 million adjusted for inflation), against a $7.5 million budget, making it one of the most profitable films at the time.