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 (Prot g
), 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
This edition comes with a Bonus DVD containing making of, alternate scene, and trailers. First Press releases come with deluxe photo booklet; only while supplies last.