Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rapid Fire - Electrocution-Train Double Kill

After Showdown in Little Tokyo, Brandon Lee signed a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately Rapid Fire was the only movie he completed with them. In the film, Brandon plays the character of "Jake Lo" (his father Bruce Lee played the character "Billy Lo" in Game of Death). Jake is an art student who witnesses a mob hit and finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Many of the fight scenes were choreographed by Lee himself, who incorporated elements of his father's Jeet Kune Do fighting style. He even pays homage to Jackie Chan, whom he admired, by incorporating key moves from the films Police Story and Dragons Forever in some fight scenes. Rapid Fire did not disappoint with the action, in the climax of the film Jake catches up with bad guy Tau on the tracks of the Chicago 'L' train. The fight graduates from fists to metal poles as a train comes barreling down the line. As Tau gets the upper hand and pins Jake to the track, Jake manages to knock Tau off of him and narrowly miss the speeding train. As Tau falls back, the metal pole in his hand touches the third rail and electrocutes him. The shock throws Tau on the other set of tracks where he gets hit and killed by the 'L' train. We call that the old electrocution-train combo.

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