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Rapid Fire (1992)

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When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents, the only person he can trust is Ryan, a Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father.

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Dwight H. Little

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Cindy Cirile (story), Alan B. McElroy (story) (as Alan McElroy) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Lee ... Jake Lo
Powers Boothe ... Mace Ryan
Nick Mancuso ... Antonio Serrano
Raymond J. Barry ... Agent Stuart
Kate Hodge ... Karla Withers
Tzi Ma ... Kinman Tau
Tony Longo ... Brunner Gazzi
Michael Paul Chan ... Carl Chang
Dustin Nguyen ... Paul Yang
Brigitta Stenberg Brigitta Stenberg ... Rosalyn
Basil Wallace ... Agent Wesley
Al Leong ... Minh
François Chau ... Farris
Quentin O'Brien Quentin O'Brien ... Agent Daniels
D.J. Howard D.J. Howard ... Sharpie
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Storyline

When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents protecting him, the only one he can trust is Ryan, a single-minded Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father. To clear his name, Jake agrees to help Ryan bring down the drug lords. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

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Unarmed & Extremely Dangerous. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brza paljba See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,815,850, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$14,356,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,356,479
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Similarities to Bruce Lee's films, Brandon's father: Brandon's character's name is Jake Lo, and in Game of Death (1978), Bruce's character was named Billy Lo. At one point, Brandon looks directly into the camera and speaks, which John Saxon also did in Bruce's most successful film, Enter the Dragon (1973), and Saxon was considered for the role of Mace Ryan. Also, the red haired gunman shooting the machine gun from the window in Serrano's restaurant is none other than Gene LeBell, the legendary judoka who allegedly choked Steven Seagal on the set of Out for Justice (1991) and also trained with Bruce and Chuck Norris. See more »

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The morning after Jake has sex with Withers, he has a white sheet on top of him. In the next shot after she gets up from bed, Jake has a brown blanket on him. See more »

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Jake Lo: Whatever it takes? Whatever it takes is something that happens to somebody else.
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German TV-Version was cut in order to reduce violence. Uncut Version is available on Rental Video by 20th Century Fox. See more »

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References A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

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Can't Find My Way
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29 August 2004 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

We'll never know what Brandon Lee, who was the son of the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, would be capable of in Hollywood since he, like his father, died before the peek of his fame, and subsequently a mass following has been built in his memory.

Bruce Lee died just weeks before the American premiere of his last completed film "Enter the Dragon" in 1973. Consequently, Lee had also been working on the "Game of Death" before his passing, which we would later see, meticulously reconstructed (as Lee had intended), in John Little's touching and poignant documentary "Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey."

Brandon was slain by a stunt gun while filming a scene in his last movie, 1994's "The Crow." Using careful CGI techniques, the filmmakers were able to successfully gather enough footage of Lee's performance to complete the film. Lee haunted every frame of Alex Proyas' dark and deeply affecting film, which was the adaptation of James O'Barr's popular comic book character.

Brandon, like his father, was also a talented performer - actor and martial artist. However, if one were looking for Brandon's acting talents, look at "The Crow," as you will not see much of him using martial arts. If one were looking to see him using those martial arts talents, and the best showcase for those talents, look no further than 1992's "Rapid Fire."

"Rapid Fire," from the beginning, has a very flimsy plot, as Lee plays a Chicago art student who witnesses the gangland murder of a South Asian drug lord by Italian mobsters. Lee can't trust anyone, as he's forced to go on the run from gangsters (Asian and Italian), cops, and other corrupt law enforcement officials. It seems that he can only find comfort and protection through his martial arts skills and an independent Chicago police unit headed by a grizzled cop (Powers Boothe).

As stated before, you should only watch "Rapid Fire" for Brandon Lee's martial arts skills, as this is really the best place to see them; you're not going to find them in "The Crow." Brandon did the best that he could with this role and just went with it.

Brandon, like his father, passed on before true success would reign in on him. Like Bruce and "Enter the Dragon," Brandon and his last film "The Crow," will be forever remembered by fans and cinema-goers alike in years to come.

I'm not really sure where "Rapid Fire" would stand in Brandon's short-lived career, other than it was a showcase for his fighting talents. "Rapid Fire" is decent, certainly not perfect, but very fun to watch nonetheless.

7/10


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