November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment
I didn’t really know what to expect with a Japanese film , because some are really good and some just turn in blood baths, which really aren’t my thing.
i think the start of this film really grabs your attention straight away as you see hundreds of illegal immigrants on a beach followed by a flash back of one of the immigrants(Jackie Chan) life before as a crop farmer who’s girlfriend leaves him to go to japan, and so he goes to japan to search for her.
The film first starts off very lightly with jokey stunt to get by in japan, how to get money and food Jackie Chan starts to get into different crimes and form and gang with other illegal immigrants and i found it really interesting and also makes you think that this sort of thing still goes on even today.
i thought the film was very honest, there was no outrageous stunts that you would expect from a film staring Jackie Chan, but believable fighting scenes, and also a more emotional side to Jackie Chan’s acting, and he takes you on a journey though what he see’s and feels as he adapts to living as a immigrant in japan.
This film was not released in china and i think this was done as propaganda, because china didn’t want to be seen as having it’s own people escaping to Japan as illegal immigrants, at the time the film is made china was a very poor country and wasn’t very nice to live in, while Japan was rich and full of opportunity. The film also is based around rivalry between gangs of Japanese and Chinese and the Chinese do want to knowledge that any of this actually went on or happened.
Mixed with fight scenes,death and loss and drama the film had me on the edge of my seat right till the end, I’d give this film a 8/10 some times i couldn’t follow it because it jumped from different times and i would of enjoyed it more if it was dubbed so i don’t spend my time reading but watching the action unfold, i hope that the next film is just as good !!!