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Shinjuku Incident (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Derek Yee (Director)
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Shinjuku Incident (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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Derek Yee (One Nite in Mongkok) directs action superstar Jackie Chan in Shinjuku Incident, a gripping and violent crime thriller that ranks among 2009's most eagerly anticipated Hong Kong films. Chan takes on a rare dramatic role as a Chinese immigrant who becomes inexorably tied to the Japanese mob. No stranger to tough drama, Yee gives Shinjuku Incident an added relevance with his exploration of Chinese migrants fending for themselves in Tokyo's seedy Shinjuku district. Aiding Yee is an impressive Asian cast, starting with Chan and including Hong Kong's Daniel Wu (Protégé), China's Fan Bing Bing (Lost in Beijing) and Xu Jing Lei (Warlords), and Japan's Takenaka Naoto (Shall We Dance?) and Kato Masaya (Brother). Before its successful spring theatrical run, Shinjuku Incident served as the opening film at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Chinese laborer Steelhead (Jackie Chan) illegally arrives in Japan to search of his missing sweetheart Xiu Xiu (Xu Jing Lei), only to discover that she's married to rising Yakuza boss Eguchi (Kato Masaya). Determined to survive in Tokyo's underbelly, Steelhead unites the Chinese migrants, establishing their own community to protect themselves from the oppressive Japanese and foreign gangs. Steelhead even finds new love with bar owner Lily (Fan Bing Bing), and earns the favor of the righteous Inspector Kitano (Takenaka Naoto). However, the Chinese antagonize the entrenched Taiwanese gangsters, leading Steelhead to forge an alliance with Eguchi. As a Yakuza enforcer, Steelhead earns respect and even his own base of power. But Steelhead's Chinese brothers are corrupted by their newfound power, and an internal struggle within the Yakuza threatens their own position. All Steelhead wants is a return to simpler, honest times like he once shared with Xiu Xiu back in China. But it may now be too late…

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Product Title: Shinjuku Incident (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 新宿事件 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 新宿事件 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 新宿事件 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Shinjuku Incident (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Takenaka Naoto (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing | Kato Masaya (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok | Paul Chun | Jack Kao | Ken Lo | Kurata Yasuaki | Nagato Hiroyuki | Minegishi Toru | Lam Suet | Nobuyasu Kita | Lian Jin 成龍 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 徐靜蕾 (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 范冰冰 | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | 錢嘉樂 | 秦沛 | 高捷 | 盧惠光 | 倉田保昭 | 長門 裕之 | 峰岸徹 | 林雪 | 北信康 | 連晉 成龙 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 徐静蕾 (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 范冰冰 | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | 钱嘉乐 | 秦沛 | 高捷 | 卢惠光 | 仓田保昭 | 长门裕之 | 峰岸彻 | 林雪 | 北信康 | Lian Jin 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 徐静蕾(シュー・ジンレイ) (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) | 加藤雅也 (Actor) | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) | 倉田保昭 | 長門裕之 | 峰岸徹 | 林雪(ラム・シュー) | 北信康 | 連晋(リァン・ジン) 성룡 (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Takenaka Naoto (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing | Kato Masaya (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok | Paul Chun | Jack Kao | Ken Lo | Kurata Yasuaki | Nagato Hiroyuki | Minegishi Toru | Lam Suet | Nobuyasu Kita | Lian Jin
Director: Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) Derek Yee
Action Director: Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂 钱嘉乐 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) Chin Ka Lok
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2022-01-06
Language: Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: IIB
Duration: 119 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1109815459

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Director : Derek Yee

The foreign migrant communities in Tokyo live shadowy lives. The Japanese neither acknowledge nor welcome them. They are shunned by the mainstream society, hounded by the yakuza, and go about their days under fear of being discovered and repatriated.

It is an alien world for Steelhead – an honest, hardworking tractor repairman. Steelhead had decided to take the perilous journey to Tokyo after he lost contact with his girlfriend, who had arrived in the city earlier.
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Professional Review of "Shinjuku Incident (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 27, 2009

This professional review refers to Shinjuku Incident (DVD) (Uncut Version) (Hong Kong Version)
A combination of immigrant drama and gangland thriller, Shinjuku Incident probably could not have been made without Jackie Chan. The action star's popularity makes him the film's key figure, and a great deal of audience want-to-see is likely due to his presence. Unfortunately, Chan's much-publicized against-type casting does not prove entirely successful. Jackie Chan isn't a bad actor, but his personality and screen persona are so well established - and his previous films so very dependent on them - that it’s hard to see him as anyone other than the screen icon we know and love. He proves an odd fit in a dark dramatic thriller like Shinjuku Incident, his humanity and everyman likeability somehow making his character seem unconvincing. One wonders if a different lead actor might have served the film better.

Jackie Chan plays Steelhead, a Chinese farmer who illegally travels to Japan in search of his childhood sweetheart Xiu Xiu (Xu Jinglei). After dodging the cops, Steelhead settles into life as an illegal immigrant alongside pal Jie (Daniel Wu) and other immigrant Chinese. Xiu Xiu is still nowhere to be found, but Steelhead must also look out for his own daily existence. Life in Japan isn’t easy; the Chinese work at odd jobs, but have to bolt every time the cops show up for an illegal worker raid. Luckily, Steelhead makes one friend on the opposite side; in one bust, he saves the life of police inspector Kitano (the always entertaining Naoto Takenaka). In return, Kitano helps Steelhead escape the cops and offers further assistance if he requires it.

However, even with a guardian angel on the police force, Steelhead embarks on a crooked path. His destiny is equal parts choice and necessity, as the Chinese must resort to crime to make a decent living. Director Derek Yee doesn't try to justify or excuse their actions, depicting the Chinese as regular, flawed people dealing with an unfavorable environment. There’s an immediate interest and sympathy arising from Yee’s depiction of the illegal immigrants' life. The Chinese struggle against the cops and the gangsters and don't become criminals without some consideration. Steelhead elects for the darker path in order to survive, but he also stresses that there are limits to what's justifiable.

As written, Steelhead should be the movie's most compelling character. However, Chan doesn't convey Steelhead's inner life very well. He tones down his propensity for overacting (this may be the first movie ever where Jackie Chan does not overact his anger), but his character's multiple layers don't shine through. Steelhead is both a good and a bad guy, but when he really does dark things, the effect is not a felt one. Even a last act revelation about Steelhead's past doesn't add the complexity that it should, because Steelhead still seems like a pretty nice guy even when he's doing bad things like shooting people. Jackie Chan is a genial, larger than life figure and at this point it's hard to see him otherwise.

On the other hand, Daniel Wu or Derek Yee fans should be okay with Shinjuku Incident. Daniel Wu doesn't have exceptional range, but he works that range impressively, switching between strong, weak, good and bad with ease. His character is the film's "dope", with his weakness, cowardice, or just plain bad luck causing many of the film's darker turns. There's also fan service; Wu bares his backside early on (alongside Jackie Chan's naked butt...uh, yay), plus his character eventually transforms into a high-strung visual kei glam rocker-type complete with eyeliner and wacky silver wig. Wu's performance is not particularly subtle, and he's a difficult sell as a Mainlander. However, the territory that his performance covers is entertaining, and he provides many of the film's most felt and also most violent moments.

Like Protege before it, Derek Yee goes for the occasional violent shock, sometimes jolting the film into affecting the audience. The sequences help the film along, upping the stakes while also reminding us that the characters' choices come with a price. The film grows more violent as it progresses; each action begets a reaction, with the characters getting drawn deeper into the underworld seemingly against their will. However, once they're in, they're really in. As the film is quick to point out, power corrupts. Ultimately, people turn to the dark side and have to pay their dues. Cue mega-mega unhappy ending.

Shinjuku Incident works best when it’s not driven by plot. As seen in C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri and 2 Young, Yee excels at telling stories about unprivileged individuals, and makes their mundane everyday lives remarkably involving. Shinjuku Incident serves up characters and situations that rise above the standard genre story, exploring issues and ideas that are unglamorous but also affecting. Yee has a knack for making his characters greater than their basic types, with their circumstances tangibly felt and not just explained through backstory or exposition. His characters are not necessarily likeable or righteous people, but given their difficult circumstances and human responses, they feel real and sympathetic.

The supporting actors help greatly; Yee uses an assortment of veteran actors (Jack Kao, Paul Chun, Lam Suet, Chin Kar-Lok) and newer stars (Fan Bing-Bing, Xu Jinglei), and each makes the most of their roles. The women are especially good, considering that both could have easily been flower vases. As Steelhead's long-lost love, Xu Jinglei has to communicate mostly through facial expressions and restrained emotions. Fan Bing-Bing gets the meatier role, with her character Lily serving partially as Steelhead's moral compass.

Unfortunately, the film doesn't prove consistent. Steelhead makes certain choices that don't entirely convince. This is partly due to Jackie Chan's performance, but also due to the narrative's imbalance between immigrant drama and full-on gangland tale. Compounding matters is the last quarter of the film, which jumps ahead in time to a point where everyone has changed, resulting in a violent, action-packed conclusion that's entertaining but not as emotionally involving as it could have been. The characters struggle with discrimination, cultural differences, greed, corruption - but when the dust clears, the outcome is only expected and not that compelling. There's meaty material covered in Shinjuku Incident, but there's so much of it to process that when the film resorts to genre conventions, it buries all the subtle, thought-provoking content.

Furthermore, the film ends with pretentious onscreen statistics concerning the plight of illegal Chinese immigrants in Japan. Those details are certainly relevant, but since the ending leans more towards genre, the message gets a little lost. Shinjuku Incident feels less like an illegal immigrant drama than it does an all-star gangster thriller featuring a serious performance from Jackie Chan. Perhaps the film would have been better served with an actor like Lau Ching-Wan or Francis Ng in the lead role - basically, a guy whose presence wouldn't have overshadowed the proceedings. Even though Jackie Chan is trying to stretch and even though he's playing just a regular guy, he's still the top dog in every scene.

As an exploration of larger themes, Shinjuku Incident proves a bit unfocused, but it's not without an ability to affect. The film touches upon complex ideas and issues, and even if it can't tackle all of them satisfyingly, it still supplies enough for an involving and even harrowing two hours. Shinjuku Incident works best as a commercial film, proving entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking, and is only hampered when it attempts to be something greater. Similarly, Jackie Chan is an effective lead, but his reach here exceeds his grasp. In the end, both the film and its lead actor are not as good as they want to be - but they both try very hard.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)

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December 20, 2009

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Shinjuku Incident Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Wow, this was a very intense drama. Not as much all-out action from Jackie Chan though. It portrayed such aa dramatic side to Chinese immigrant life in Japan. I was completely stunned while watching this movie. I couldn't watch the extra DVD, though, because it was in region 3.
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September 26, 2009

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VERY GOOD Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
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August 2, 2009

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Strangers in a strange and violent land Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In "Shinjuku Incident", poor but content farmer Steelhead (Jackie Chan) leaves his home in northeastern China and travels illegally to Tokyo in search of his long-lost girlfriend. In the confusion when he washes ashore in Japan he loses his identity papers, so he is stuck in this alien country, where he eaks out a living on the wrong side of the law yearning to gain legitimacy. However, he and his Chinese pals, out of self-defense, are forced to become enmeshed in the turbulent turf battles of the Yakuza underworld. Once Steelhead manages to gain control of the Kabuki-cho district, he takes a hands-off approach to managing his Chinese supporters while he develops a legitimate business selling farm equipment. However, the greed of his Chinese troops leads to retaliation from rival Japanese gangs and Steelhead is drawn back into a war he never sought.

With several interesting subplots featuring a terrific supporting cast, including Daniel Wu, Lam Suet, Fan Bing Bing, Takenaka Naota, and Xu Jing Lei, "Shinjuku Incident" delivers action-packed and compelling viewing. The movie is not flawless; it becomes aimless for a few scenes after Steelhead gains power. And Daniel Wu's role in the film's second half is too closely patterned after Heath Ledger's role as the Joker. However, everything boils to a gripping, blood-soaked climax. Fans of action films definitely should not miss this one.
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July 14, 2009

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Fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Do not expect Jackie to do his usual tricks but rather enjoy him in his most dramatic role todate. Firstly playing a simple tractor repairman/farmer and then becoming an accidental Yakuza enforcer. But this enforcer (still a little naive) will later learn that in a world of underbelly connections, money & power will lure even the most hardworking, honest & ordinary people into its ugly business of drugs, illegal dealings, corruptions & run-ins with the law.

A special mention to Daniel Wu who did a fantastic job as the poor, timid illegal immigrant always at the wrong place, at the wrong time. His turn-around makeup (absolutely like second skin) was really amazing!

Hats off to the director who maintained the 4 different languages in the dialogue (Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese & Hokkien) without which the script would not have gone very far. Don't worry, the English subtitles are great. A note of caution to a couple of torture scenes, upsetting but still essential. Well done!
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