This is a 2009 film starred and produced by Jackie Chan. Directed by Derek Yee (Protégé) and distributed by JCE Movie Limited. This film was released in most Asian countries early April of 2009.
The date is set in the 1990’s. Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 3) played the role of a tractor mechanic named Steelhead. He is from China but go to Japan illegally to look for his girlfriend named Xiu Xiu. He spent his life their working labor jobs with his friend he met named Jie (Daniel Wu). Because of staying without proper papers in Japan, they have a hard time living comfortably since they have to either run or hide to keep the cops from arresting them. But he has saved a policeman from drowning named Inspector Kitano (Naoto Takenaka).
Steelhead finds out that his girlfriend has already married a Japanese Yakuza so he remain in living in Japan and continue with his life being a Japanese citizen.
After some time, Steelhead decides to work illegally like selling some fake phone cards and also altering the microchip of slot machines to get money. When the Taiwanese mafia find out of this doing, they beat up Jie and even chop off his left hand. Steelhead however has come in time to save Jie’s life from the mafia.
Steelheads then sneak back to the Taiwanese establishment for revenge and finds out that they are planning to assassinate a Japanese Yakuza boss called Eguchi (Kato Masaya). When the killing was about to happen, Steelhead have end up saving the life of the Yakuza boss.
Because of this encounter, Eguchi decides to team up with Steelhead. Later Steelhead was already a know gangster ruling Shinjuku. Soon Steelhead has straighten up his wrong doings by confessing to the policeman he saved. The Yakuza elders decide to kill all Chinese immigrants who are dominating the country. With this, Eguchi was killed as well as Steelhead. He however manages to give a flash drive to Inspector Kitano to reveal the dealings of the Yakuza in Japan.
The film was planned for almost 10 years according to director Derek Yee due to Jackie Chan’s busy schedule in their filming of Rush Hour 3. It was heard that this movie was banned in communist China because of the portrayal of Chinese immigrants with sexual and violence.
As most of the movie critics have explained, Jackie Chan is a whole new actor on this film. It is not boring though but the humor and superb stunts are not present on the movie. Some say they like Protégé more than this film. Rotten Tomato rated this film as 59% of positive reviews from critics. Though it is somewhat a conventional movie, the plot of the film will linger after it ends. So it is also a nice movie for Jackie fans and those searching for action.
Directed by Derek Yee
Produced by Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Solon So
Written by Derek Yee, Chun Tin-Nam
Starring: Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu, Xu Jinglei, Fan Bingbing, Masaya Kato
Music by Peter Kam
Cinematography: Kita Nobayasu
Editing by Kong Chi-Leung, Cheung Ka-Fai
Distributed by JCE Movies Limited
Released on 2 April 2009 (Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia), 3 April 2009 (Taiwan), 1 May 2009 (Japan)
Duration: 120 min.
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese