City Hunter (1993)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-11-14
This is the only Jackie Chan movie I think of in which I didn't care for his character. I cared about everybody else: Chingmy Yau the agent, Joey Wong the revenge seeker, Richard Norton the commander, Gary Daniels the buff, the Japanese millionaire's daughter whose name I forget, and especially LEON LAI the poker player. He is simply the man here. Yes, I'm talking about the expressionless actor from Sword of Many Lovers. He is very cool here. Of course, the coolest person always gets the least onscreen time. He's only in about 5 minutes, and those 5 minutes were more interesting than the first 40 minutes of the movie where things seemed to go nowhere. Somehow everyone ends up on a boat and that's where the fun begins.

The fight scenes here are not as impressive as those in the other Chan movies like Police Story and First Strike. But this movie offers straight up entertainment. And it's not to say it doesn't have good action either. It has plenty. Again, the focus is on a lot of characters, so I personally didn't care about Jackie Chan.

When compared to Yuen Wo Ping's "Red Wolf," City Hunter has the same concept (except City Hunter wastes the first half of the movie while Red Wolf gets straight to the point). I enjoyed both movies trenmendously and refuse to recommend one over the other. They are both great entertainment.

P.S. The Street Fighter scene is a hilarious must-see!

Reviewer Score: 8