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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 and 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Brandon kicks the metal grate of the to escape from FBI assassins he is bare footed. When he gets out to the car he has shoes on. See more »

Quotes

Rosalyn: You wanna go out with me?
Jake Lo: Sure.
Rosalyn: Great! Meet me at this addresss at 8:30.
[jotts down the address for him]
Rosalyn: Who knows... maybe you'll think I'm sexier with my clothes on!
Jake Lo: [to himself, after grinning and holding the door open for her to leave] Don't bet on it...
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Alternate Versions

5 secs of a villain wielding nunchakus in the scene in which Lee takes on several villains in the steaming room towards the end were cut from UK cinema and video versions. The DVD features the same cut print. See more »

Connections

References A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »

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I'll Be There
Written by Neal Schon, Johnny Gioeli, Joey Gioeli, Jonathan Cain
Performed by Hardline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Brandon Lee: Arse-kicking under-grad
12 May 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

'Rapid Fire' goes down as one of my favourite Brandon Lee movies, joining 'Showdown in Little Tokyo', 'Laser Mission', and 'The Crow'. Oh wait. Yeah, I'm just a Brandon Lee fan boy. Brandon was awesome. 'Rapid Fire' is awesome.

Brandon plays Jake Lo, a college student majoring in arse-kicking. Jake witnesses the murder of a drug-lord by mafia boss Antonio Serrano (Nick Mancuso). Jake is put under the Witness Protection Program for a whole of five minutes before discovering that the agents supposed to protect him are, in fact, on Serrano's payroll. Jake has no choice but to team up with Chicago cop Mace Ryan (Powers Boothe) and kick some gangster arse. Awesome.

Right from the start, 'Rapid Fire' is pretty much a showcase for Brandon Lee's martial-arts abilities. He was awesome on-screen in this, as in his other movies, and could pull off some really cool action scenes. Apparently Brandon was a fan of Jackie Chan, and it shows in this: Brandon uses easily recognizable stunts and fights from 'Police Story' (among other movies) and does them just as well as Jackie Chan did originally.

You won't find any semblance of a plot in this. 'Rapid Fire' is an action movie, the only difference between this and any other action movie is that Brandon played a college student instead of any usual action hero type. Naturally, this college student also knows how to kick butt, so there goes any developed plot, in favour of Brandon Lee kicking arse. Awesome.

Simply, 'Rapid Fire' is an awesome action movie. Brandon Lee rocked, may he rest in peace - 9/10


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