Chan gang film opens H.K. fest

'Shinjuku Incident' shocks audience

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HONG KONG -- Jackie Chan and "Shinjuku Incident" co-stars Fan Bingbing and Xu Jinglei greeted a who's who of Asia's movie world on the opening night of the Hong Kong International Film Festival on Sunday.

Before the screening at the Hong Kong Trade and Exhibition Center, martial arts and comedy icon Chan apologized to before a packed house: "I hope you won't be disappointed that in this film I am not breaking arms and legs," said Chan, dressed in a powder blue Chinese style jacket and and trousers and white wingtips. "Acting without action is actually more difficult."

But Chan, who cries in the film (for only the third time in his 33-year screen career) was being modest:  the story about illegal Chinese immigrants embroiled in Tokyo's gangland underworld is action packed and filled with violence, making the film subject to harsh censorship if it hopes to get theatrical distribution in China.

Audience members often gasped at director Derek Yee's portrayal scenes of inter-ethnic street warfare and prejudice.

"This film doesn't mean I won't return to action films," Chan reassured the crowd.

-- Jonathan Landreth