Rumble In The Bronx (1995 – DVD)

“Don’t you know you are the scum of society!”

I rented Jackie Chan’s ‘Rumble In The Bronx’ a bunch of times on VHS from the video store on saturday afternoons back in the day. So it was with plenty of excitement that I watched it again this week. I wonder if this type of b-movie action flick exists anymore now that video stores have all but vanished.  The stunts and moves (All performed by Jackie himself) are typically astounding, inventive and lightning fast. From jumping through the back flap of a shopping trolley to battling a thug using a fridge and even spanking a villain’s bare ass with a car antennae.

What marks ‘Rumble In The Bronx’ out from the rest of his work, is the quality of the gags and the tongue-in-cheak fun to be had.  So we get audacious fun like a hovercraft chase through the streets of New York and the sight of a shocked woman left sitting on the toilet after a building has been torn down around her.  The astoundingly awful English Dub also adds to the comedy but I can never decide if this was simply carelessness or a deliberate extra layer of humour.  A final treat is to be had when watching the credits role as they feature behind-the-scenes footage (Cut to the rather appropriate ‘Kung Fu’ by Ash) of Charlie doing the dangerous stunts, including when he breaks his foot and carries on anyway in a plaster cast.

Here’s a link to a cheeky upload of the full movie on YouTube:

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