Shinjuku Incident

April 2nd, 2009


Shinjuku Incident

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In China, the poor worker Tietou repairs tractors and misses his sweetheart Xiu Xiu, back in Japan, she having never sent any news to her family or him...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.1/10 (5,040 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Tung-Shing Yee

Stars: Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu

In China, the poor worker Tietou repairs tractors and misses his sweetheart Xiu Xiu, back in Japan, she having never sent any news to her family or him. While illegally emigrating to Japan, Tietou loses his Chinese documents and so cannot return to his country. He is welcomed by his countrymen who lodge and work in Shinjuku where they also help him to find illegal work. While running from a police raid through the sewage system where Chinese are illegally working, Tietou saves Inspector Kitano from drowning in the dirty water. Later, after an incident with his cousin, Joe, and a Taiwan gang, Tietou saves the powerful Yakuza boss Toshinari Eguchi. He is the husband of Xiu Xiu, who is now called Yuko and are parents of a little daughter. The mobster offers a dirty job to Tietou; in retribution, he promises to deliver the quarter dominated by the Taiwan gang to him. Tietou becomes the boss of the Chinese illegal immigrants...

Writers: Tung-Shing Yee, Tin Nam Chun

Jackie Chan - Steelhead
Naoto Takenaka - Inspector Kitano
Daniel Wu - Jie
Jinglei Xu - Xiu Xiu / Yuko Eguchi (as Xu Jing Lei)
Masaya Katô - Toshinari Eguchi
Tôru Minegishi - Koichi Muranishi
Jack Kao - Gao Jie
Kenya Sawada - Nakajima (as Kenya)
Hiroyuki Nagato - Hara Ooda
Yasuaki Kurata - Taro Watagawa
Bingbing Fan - Lily (as Fan Bing Bing)
Paul Chun - Uncle De
Suet Lam - Old Ghost
Kar Lok Chin - Hongkie (as Chin Ka Lok)
Ken Lo - Little Tai (as Kenneth Low)

Taglines: They destroyed his life... Now he'll destroy them all.


Official Website: Official site [Hong Kong] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 2 April 2009

Filming Locations: China

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: PHP 5,693,980 (Philippines) (14 June 2009) (38 Screens)

Gross: PHP 8,793,855 (Philippines) (24 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Steelhead's real name is Zhao Tie, which translates as "Iron Zhao".

Factual errors: Jackie Chan's character's name, Tie Tou, is translated as "Steelhead", but the literal translation should be iron head.

User Review

Great CRIME DRAMA, an atypical Jackie Chan movie.

Rating: 8/10

Jackie Chan has been known to audiences worldwide for his spectacular, comedic and stunt-filled martial arts. Well, now in this movie, Chan gets to show off acting chops as well, with a few kicks and punches thrown in as well.

The setting and story are surprisingly solid and well done. The movie paces along in a brisk pace (courtesy of director Derek Yee), and is gripping throughout. The cinematography is beautiful at times and gritty at others, showing Tokyo as a whole. And it's fun to see Japanese and Chinese spoken a lot in this film, really pulls you into the film further.

While the level of violence is the highest than any other Jackie Chan movie (there is graphic brutal violence in some action scenes), the total amount of violence is surprisingly little, with the majority of the film dealing with the characters' trials and tribulations. There are some fight sequences, but don't expect Chan to do his usual thing; at times he's down to earth and makes us genuinely feel for his character, at times he is directly brutal. This film is NOT for the easily disturbed.

The acting is above average. Chan delivers a standout performance, an illegal worker who tries to protect his kinsman by gaining respect by and protecting themselves from the Yakuza. Another great performance comes by Daniel Wu, a fellow immigrant who gets his innocence lost... the hard way. The two love interests and the detective also get props too.

For those of you expecting another Chan romp ala Rush Hour and Supercop, you may find yourself refreshed at Chan's sudden change of pace. For those who like crime dramas such as City of God, give this one a shot. This is definitely one of Chan's highest marks, and I hope to see more of the new, dramatic Chan in the future.

Overall rating: 8/10


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