Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan gives his self-mocking humor full flourish in City Hunter, adapted from a Japanese comic book. But that doesn't mean there isn't a solid dose of action--after a brilliantly cartoonish opening, the movie settles into a half-comedy, half-thriller variation on Die Hard, in which Eurotrash terrorists have hijacked a plush ocean cruise liner and super-detective Ryu Saeba (Chan) has to stop them, aided by his lovely, love-lorn assistant (Joey Wong, A Chinese Ghost Story, Green Snake) and a beautiful undercover secret agent (Chingmy Yau, Naked Killer). Though City Hunter is short on breathtaking stunts, there's plenty of well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat. Jackie Chan's lecherous, self-absorbed character (accompanied by a parade of girls into skimpy or skin-tight outfits) come across like a gleeful parody of James Bond (slightly marred by a bit of homophobia). All in all, a high energy romp. --Bret Fetzer
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Customer Rating: Summary: FUNNIEST OF JACKIE Comment: This is a live action anime. Very very funny. Live action anime means that they are going to be very over the top and very fun. There are a few scenes that I know will make anyone from 20 to 35 laugh histerically. The bad guys are great. Skilled and very good at physical comedy. Great timing. I would love to see more like this since Jackie loves comedy. This might not be his best movie... but I would definatly call it his most hilarious. That is saying something. Customer Rating: Summary: will not be everyone's cup of tea (and it wasn't mine) Comment: This really isn't that bad of a movie for what it is. City Hunter is based off of the Japanese cartoon City Hunter, and although this is not an animated film, it is presented as such with loads of cheesy dialouge, goofy characters, cheesy music, and cartoony sound effects. If that wasn't enough, the English dubbing version makes it just about as silly as it can get. Chan's voice unfortunately is not dubbed by himself in the English version, although his English voice-over is present in many of his H.K. films. The biggest reason anyone may want to own this film is that is also features charcaters played by Richard Norton (Road House 2, Mr. Nice Guy, Rage and Honor) and Gary Daniels (White Tiger, Rage, Riot) - the two bad guys.
At some point you may end up turning this movie off before the end arrives, if you are not into such a goofy film. However, the ending is rewarding with a strong 5 minute fight with Jackie Chan against Richard Norton. Easily the best entertaining fight in the film, the Richard Norton character beats up Chan repeatedly with 2 short poles that can change into numchucks. Jackie does some cool small stunts using chairs and tables in the scene. There is also 2 fights with Jackie against the Gary Daniels charcater. The first fight is pretty short in a cabin on the cruise ship. The 2nd fight is just the silliest darned thing I have ever seen. Street Fighter video game fans might enjoy it. Jackie is thrown into an arcade machine, electricuted, and begins to take the form of various Street Fighter 2 characters, while Gary Daniels is Ken. The scene is no more than for laughs. The fight is set to look like someone is button mashing the controls to the game. When Chan becomes Chun Li, that was actually pretty funny.
As for the story itself, its pretty simple. A bunch of bad guys led by the Richard Norton character board a cruise ship and eventually expose their demands - robbing the crew. Jackie Chan gets involved and tries to stop them. The film is filled with action, but its mostly gun fire and chases, aside from the 2 forementioned fights.
Although most Jackie Chan films are never very serious, this one is beyond silly. Its set to be that way, so if you are ready to see a cartoony film created with real people, then you may want to check it out. It tries to be funny throughout, but it pretty much failed for me. Customer Rating: Summary: jackie vs gary Comment: this flick is kinda cool... although i prefer the fighting sequences. i think that they tried to do this flic an family action flick. but anyways, what impresses me the most in this film is that use see how good people from the west is comparing to people from the east. take th fight scene jackie chan v gary daniels. u see that this is withoutv a doubt gary daniels best performance... jackie is funny as usual... if like jackie chan, or gary daniels thisis a must see movie Customer Rating: Summary: My Review Comment: This movie was an ok movie to watch but I think this movie could be alot more better made. But I like Jackie chan's movie so i'm not going to complain that much about this movie. Customer Rating: Summary: pitiful Comment: I've been reading the reviews... and noticing how everyone who gave it 'top marks' saying it was 'hylarious', 'the bets movie ever', and so on and so forth, have never seen the original anime, or even better, read the manga.
If they had I'm sure none of those people would give it more than it's due - 1 star (for J.C. fans, maybe 2).
This movie is a poor excuse for an adaptation. And a disgrace for the original City Hunter. Jackie Chan as Saeba Ryo?! Puh-lease!
The attempts at manga/anime humor fall on barren ground and turn the movie into an even more of a farce as it already is.
I wouldn't recomend this movie not even to my worst enemy and I agree with the reviewer who said 'when you die and go to Hell, Satan makes you watch this movie'. I can't imagine a torture greater than that. I'd take boiling oil any time!