Rapid Fire (1992)
The title of this movie is very accurate since its about 90% action and 10% story.
With a ratio like that it would be very easy for this movie to turn out as a piece of shit, but the action scenes are really well put together, and Brandon Lee is charismatic and likeable enough that you're invested in him making it out alive. When he's not kicking the absolute shit out of henchmen, cronies, goons, flunkies and mob stooges, he's cracking one liners left and right.
It's directed by Dwight Little, who at the time had just made one of Seagal's more brutal ones "Marked For Death". The stunt choreography is top-notch, the fight scenes are visceral and never get dull. Brandon Lee brought a lot of style and inspiration from the action scenes in Hong Kong cinema and slipped in a few references to classic martial arts films (including a few nods to his legendary dad) so it definitely has a feel of something a little more authentic than most Western action flicks of this era. Theres a really great extended fight scene where he goes one-on-one with Al Leong (that Asian stuntman with the goatee who is in every 80s action movie as a henchman) and also features a small cameo by Gene LeBell (legendary stuntman, friend of Bruce Lee, and the guy who choked out Steve Seagal so bad he literally shit his pants)
Powers Boothe shows up a grizzled Chicago cop who has been trying to bring down these drug lords for 10 years...something Brandon Lee manages to do almost single-handedly in a tight 90 minutes.
Watching it is very bittersweet though, it really makes you wonder what other great movies he could have made had it not been for the accident that caused a completely avoidable and random early death.
If you're going to watch this one, my suggestion is follow it up with the certainly cheesier, but also really fun "Showdown in Little Tokyo" where he teams up with Dolph Lundgren to take down the Yakuza, crack even more jokes and for some strange reason, constantly bring up the sheer size of Lundgren's junk.
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