Jackie plays a womanizing private detective, in this live action
recreation of the popular Japanese Animé cartoon City Hunter. He is
hired to find a runaway heiress, but faces complications from his
long-suffering secretary who has an unrequited crush on him, and has
also run away. Following both runaways onto a luxury cruise ship, City
Hunter must foil a terrorist plot to extort money from all the wealthy
passengers, save the heiress, and make up with his secretary.
If you like Japanese Animé, this one's for you! It has the
feel of a cartoon, and for once the bad dubbing actually enhances the
whole atmosphere. The first time I saw this film I thought it was
embarrassingly stupid, with the possible exception of a clever scene
where Jackie fights two incredibly tall black guys in a theater, taking
his cues from Bruce Lee, who is on-screen fighting Kareem Abdul Jabaar
in Game of Death. Another (supposedly) hilarious scene comes near the end,
when Jackie and martial-artist/actor Gary Daniels are transformed into
some of the characters from the popular “Street Fighter” video game.
I have to admit, this scene is totally wasted on me, having
never played the game, but I have been assured by others that this scene
is side-splittingly funny.
I thought Jackie was too cute in drag, though.
However, this film started to grow on me after I
watched it another time or two. It has some really fine stunts in it,
and although the comedy is pretty broad and goofy, it has a certain
silly charm. I like the big finale, a one on one between Jackie and bad
guy Richard Norton (my favorite JC baddie, except for the ghoulishly terrifying Yuen Wah) with lots of slap-stick
(literally) and magnificent jumps and
twists from Jackie.
This is a film that seems to be a bit more popular
with the guys, probably because Jackie is surrounded by beautiful girls
throughout. I have been told that costar Joey Wong (playing
City Hunter’s secretary) is a real beauty. I’m afraid I’ll have to
take the guys’ word for it.
Personally, I think the movie is marred by some of
the homoerotic humor (a couple of squirrely DJs on board sing a gratingly
stupid song called “Gayla-Gayla Happy” that goes on WAY too long in
my opinion, but, once more, others have assured me they find this scene
hilarious). There is some homoerotic violence, and some brutal violence
toward one of the female characters that I found really out of place.
The behind the scenes story is that Jackie and
director Wong Jin didn’t see eye to eye on this film so Jackie, as is
his habit when he disagrees with a director, fired Wong. As revenge,
Wong directed the movie “High Risk” starring Jacky Cheung, parodying
Jackie as a womanizing, boozing coward who claims to do all his own
dangerous stunts, but in reality is doubled by his body guard (Jet Li).
Jackie was so upset by the movie that he wouldn’t speak to any of the
participants until they apologized to him (which they did).
Fox's Review: A different movie
starring Jackie Chan. City Hunter contains a lot of special humor that
not everyone will preciate, but I think it's pretty good and it's fun to
see a Jackie Chan movie that isn't as everyone else he does. I got a
little disapointed at the "Bruce Lee scene" because it could
have used more clips from the Bruce Lee movie and Jackie Chan fighting.
But the golden treasure in this movie is the "Street Fighter 2
scene" where Jackie Chan fights as E. Honda and Chun Le in a
humoristic way. City Hunter isn't one of Jackie Chans greatest movies.
The Accidental Spy, Who am I and Rumble in the Bronx is much better
movies, but City Hunter is worth watching because of the weird humour,
the "Street Fighter 2 scene" and the final fight scene.
Dragons' Review This was the best jackie chan movie ever it had
graet comedy and excellent martial arts fight scenes that were funny in
its self this is an awesome movie and they should make a sequel to it
Review Master's Review: I've never actually seen the cartoon
version of City Hunter but Jackie's character in this movie is very
funny and very charasmatic it really gave the movie a nice soft humorous
plot. The action isn't anything breathtaking but they do have very
interesting sceens like the seemingly famous Street Fighter 2 the video
game parody I really enjoyed it since I myself was a regular Street
Fighter 2 wiz, they all looked so much like the characters, themselves
especially Gary Daniels as Ken, if he had a little more star power he
could have played him in the motion picture of SF2. Oh and how about
Jackie dressed as Chun Li,hilarious, the movie itself was entertaining
but the overall fighting and action were few and not that good. Overall
an average JC movie to check out. P.S- I nearly threw up when I saw that
they cast Kenneth Lo as a homosexual.
H's Review: It was nutty a Leslie Nielson type of a movie. I
look at it as a spoof of Jackie Chan films. Some of the comedy was funny
it was funny at parts. It is more of a comedy. Jackie Chan is very wierd
in thnis movie.. Alot of dirty humor though they are pretty funny i own
it but i dont watch it much I really dont care much for it though the
action was too comic rather than exciting action. It is worth renting
michael dawson of cedar mount gorton
manchester england's Review: City hunter is the greatest chan
movie ever, I have city hunter on video and its great I watch it every
time I get home from school city hunter is like a bond movie but even
better. I have the city hunter theme on cassete its great. Not only does
it have a great cast but it has great martial arts scenes and stunts the
theme tune is absolutely brilliant.mr chans stunts,the brilliant acting
skills of richard norton and gary daniels,the dialogue of pal sinn and
the beauty of chingmy yao,joey wong and kumiko goto,make city hunter the
movie of the century. TOP MARKS!
This is the greatest movie he starred. Its got comedy, action, VIOLENCE.
That is why it is rated 12. This should be the the best movie for the
martial arts fans.
Review: When I first saw this movie, I thought "What the bloody hell is this?! You call this a Jackie Chan
film?!" And I put it on my shelf and left it.
A few months later, I put in the VCR and I loved every second of it, the comic humour is kind of annoying sometimes, especially the scene with the big hammer at the end.....God that was soooo cheesy.
But this film is class, the street fighter scene is funny as hell. The scene where Jackie is helped out by an on-screen Bruce Lee is truly amazing.
So if you don't like this film first time around take my advice and watch it again, you will love it!
Joe's Review: I love this movie! its so funny
with awesome action, except the dude with the cards. The fight against
the tall guys, and others are great.
Brendan's Review: I think this is an underrated Chan flick. If you get past some annoying comic-book aspects of the visuals and ignore the fantasy-scenes, this is actually pretty good. Richard Norton makes a pretty handy villain too.
There's lots of shoot-em-up action, which is unusual. However, watch for the Bruce Lee -imitation scene. It's hilarious! Plenty of good fights,
Crabby's Review: This is a good action movie, with a cool mix of martial arts and Western-style action sequences. The humour can get a little annoying