Rumble in the Bronx

Director: Stanley Tong
Screenwriters: Fibe Ma, Edward Tang

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


Since 1978, when Drunken Master launched Jackie Chan into the spotlight of Asian cinema, his films have developed an unprecedented following. He manages to combine death-defying stunts with a charming sense of humor to create a comic-book aesthetic that has made him, literally, the most popular actor in the world—except in America. Despite an ever-growing cult following, he has not had the far-reaching appeal that exists elsewhere in the world. In Rumble in the Bronx, he hopes to reach a broader spectrum of the American public.

Chan portrays a Hong Kong cop who travels to New York City to attend his uncle’s wedding. What was expected to be a nice leisurely vacation quickly turns into a life-or-death struggle with not only a ruthless motorcycle gang but the Mafia as well. He battles them with his usual eclectic weapons: sofas, refrigerators, ladders, skis, bottles, skateboards, and anything else he can get his hands on. As usual, the stunts are phenomenal, capped off by the retina-loosening action finale. The film reunites Chan with director Stanley Tong, with whom he collaborated to make the 1992 hit, Super Cop. Together they have created another masterpiece of head-slammin’, body-flying escapist entertainment. So, Park City, take off your gloves, and let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details


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