Known for his cheeky smile and manic energy, Chan is a long-time staple of US cinema and the most famous Asian actor since Bruce Lee.
Thanks to action films as Shanghai Noon, Rush Hour and Kung-Fu Panda, he has built up a loyal fan base that will watch him in whatever he appears in.
So those who go into Bleeding Steel expecting traditional Chan fare, might be in for quite a surprise. Because this movie is weird.
I don’t mean that in a good way or bad way; it’s just that the main takeaway from his new flick is that it is without a doubt one of the most bizarre movies ever made.
The opening is the most similar to a standard Hollywood blockbuster, featuring a shootout, some explosions, and hand-to-hand combat.
But the rest of Bleeding Steel, which takes place in Sydney, Australia, 13 years after the opening shoot-out, is very odd.
It features a real life 39-year-old (Show Lo) acting as a 17-year-old student, Li Son, who falls for a real life 17-year-old Nancy (Ouyang Nana).
You first see Li Son as a cross-dressing prostitute, and his whole performance makes it appear as though he is trying to do an impression of all of Jackie Chan’s movies, all at once.
The villains look like they are hard-core cosplayers (people that love to play dress-up), ranging from Daft Punk to Goth.
The disappointing thing in a movie that has a cast of characters that are all over the place, is that Chan gives a fairly muted performance, rarely showing the kind of flair he is known for.
I suppose that’s because this movie is anything but typical.
It features a mechanical heart, super blood with healing qualities, a flying evil headquarters, a fight on top of the Sydney Opera House and most strangely, two roommates sleeping with their lights on.
The director and writer, Leo Zhang, makes some unusual choices that are unintentionally funny, such as random moments of slow-mo or sped-up action, as well as having everyone act like they’re taking crazy pills.
Have you ever seen a movie where during a chase down some stairs, the pursuer intentionally slows himself down by constantly going under and over the banister unnecessarily?
What about someone falling from a plane without a parachute, presumably going at immense speeds, only to nicely bounce off another parachute to harmlessly re-create the opening credits scene in James Bond’s Skyfall?
Or have you seen someone lose their arm, only to have it grow back, and use that same arm to rip someone’s heart out?
In most movies, blatant disregard for gravity, the appearance of random characters and some very strange goings-on would make for a terrible time at the theatre.
But while Bleeding Steel is probably not a good movie in the purest sense of the word, its wacky nature makes it reasonably entertaining.
Bleeding Steel really commits to the part, making it a fun and enjoyable B-movie that for some reason features one of the biggest stars on the planet.
Because it is an Asian production there are subtitles, so if you don’t want to spend the whole time reading you may not enjoy it.
It may also be a bit too scary for children in some parts.
But if you are looking for something unique, or to turn your brain off for 90 minutes, this is the perfect solution.
Because I can guarantee that you have never seen anything like this.