Rapid Fire (1992)

R | 95 mins | Drama | 21 August 1992

Director:

Dwight H. Little

Writer:

Alan McElroy

Producer:

Robert Lawrence

Cinematographer:

Ric Waite

Editor:

Gib Jaffe

Production Designer:

Ron Foreman

Production Company:

Twentieth Century Fox
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HISTORY

End credits include the following statements: “The producers wish to thank: The Chicago Tribune, Salon Films (H.K.) Limited – Charles Wang” and “Batman TV Show courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.”
       Production notes in AMPAS library files state that producer Robert Lawrence developed Rapid Fire specifically for actor Brandon Lee after seeing the 1986 Hong Kong film Legacy of Rage. Lee was involved in the development of the story, and a key element that resonated with the actor was his character’s struggle to deal with his father’s death, which mirrored Lee’s personal life. He was a child when his father, martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, died in 1973.
       According to the 2 Apr 1991 HR, the working title of the film was Moving Target. A 18 Jun 1991 HR production chart noted the title was changed to Rapid Fire. Principal photography began 28 May 1991 with locations in Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA. Production notes state that a complicated fight scene involved the destruction of a Chicago restaurant. Footage was filmed on location in Chicago, and the interior of the restaurant was recreated at Valencia Studios in Valencia, CA, for the sequence involving the collapse of a balcony. The company also filmed on locations in Thailand. However, the flashback sequence featuring Tienammen Square was recreated from news footage. An item in the 8 Oct 1991 HR reported the completion of principal ... More Less

End credits include the following statements: “The producers wish to thank: The Chicago Tribune, Salon Films (H.K.) Limited – Charles Wang” and “Batman TV Show courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.”
       Production notes in AMPAS library files state that producer Robert Lawrence developed Rapid Fire specifically for actor Brandon Lee after seeing the 1986 Hong Kong film Legacy of Rage. Lee was involved in the development of the story, and a key element that resonated with the actor was his character’s struggle to deal with his father’s death, which mirrored Lee’s personal life. He was a child when his father, martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, died in 1973.
       According to the 2 Apr 1991 HR, the working title of the film was Moving Target. A 18 Jun 1991 HR production chart noted the title was changed to Rapid Fire. Principal photography began 28 May 1991 with locations in Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA. Production notes state that a complicated fight scene involved the destruction of a Chicago restaurant. Footage was filmed on location in Chicago, and the interior of the restaurant was recreated at Valencia Studios in Valencia, CA, for the sequence involving the collapse of a balcony. The company also filmed on locations in Thailand. However, the flashback sequence featuring Tienammen Square was recreated from news footage. An item in the 8 Oct 1991 HR reported the completion of principal photography.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1992
p. 5, 32.
Los Angeles Times
21 Aug 1992
p. 8.
New York Times
21 Aug 1992
p. 11.
Variety
17 Aug 1992
p. 39.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Robert Lawrence Production
A Dwight H. Little Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir, 2d unit
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
"A" cam op
1st asst "A" cam
"B" cam op
1st asst "B" cam
2d cam asst
Film loader
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Spec main title photog
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy grip, 2d unit
Dolly grip, 2d unit
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept prod asst
Storyboard illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop shop foreman
Prop master
Asst props
Propman
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Const coord
Const foreman
Const foreman
Labor foreman
Propmaker
Paint foreman
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
Orchestrations
Mus scoring mixer
Addl rec
Addl rec
Synthesizers/Elec percussion
Synthesizers/Elec percussion
Mus coord
Auricle programmer
Librarian
Rec studio
Rec studio
Mus consultant
SOUND
Sd mixer
Key boom
Cableman/2d boom
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
Asst ADR ed
Supv foley ed
Supv foley ed
Foley ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Sd eff rec
Sd eff coord
Sd eff coord
Sd eff coord
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Dolby stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt timer
Opt line-up
Main title des
Spec eff coord
Spec eff foreman
Wiring eng
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Voice casting
Prod asst, 2d unit
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Trainer
Casting asst
Prod assoc
Unit pub
Asst to Mr. Lawrence
Mr. Little's prod assoc
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Craft service
Catering
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Fight choreog by
Fight choreog by
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
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Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
ANIMATION
Anim artist
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Can’t Find My Way,” written by Johnny Gioeli, Joey Gioeli, Neal Schon, performed by Hardline, courtesy of MCA Records
“I’ll Be There,” written by Neal Schon, Johnny Gioeli, Joey Gioeli, Jonathan Caine, performed by Hardline, courtesy of MCA Records.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Moving Target
Release Date:
21 August 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 21 August 1992
New York opening: week of 21 August 1992
Production Date:
28 May--8 October 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
6 August 1992
Copyright Number:
PA577077
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31442
SYNOPSIS

Chicago mobster Antonio Serrano visits his heroin supplier, Kinman Tau, in Thailand, and demands a bigger portion of his protégé’s profits. Tau refuses, insisting Serrano should not ask for what he cannot take. Later, Tau visits his Southern California distributor, Carl Chang, to inform him of Serrano’s request, and Chang insists Serrano’s difficulties with law enforcement have weakened him. Meanwhile, art student Jake Lo passes a rally commemorating the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. Jake’s father was an Army officer stationed in Beijing during the protests, and the rally is a painful reminder of watching his father die there. Student activist Paul Yang asks Jake to help their group, but Jake is not interested and claims his father died for nothing. Later, an art class model asks Jake for a date and he accepts. She gives him her address, and he is surprised to arrive at an office building. Inside, he learns the date was a ruse to lure him to Paul Yang’s fundraising event. Yang introduces him to their host, Carl Chang, and convinces Jake to stay for a drink. Chang steps into his office and finds Serrano, who declares he is taking Chang’s portion of Tau’s heroin business. Serrano shoots Chang and his body crashes through an interior window and lands next to Jake, who sees Serrano holding the rifle. Gunfights ensue as Chang’s men battle Serrano’s people. Jake fights off several thugs and runs to his motorcycle. Serrano aims at Jake as he rides his motorcycle into the building. He speeds out the other side, crashing as police surround him. At the police station, FBI agents arrive to question Jake. Agent Frank Stuart reveals the ... +


Chicago mobster Antonio Serrano visits his heroin supplier, Kinman Tau, in Thailand, and demands a bigger portion of his protégé’s profits. Tau refuses, insisting Serrano should not ask for what he cannot take. Later, Tau visits his Southern California distributor, Carl Chang, to inform him of Serrano’s request, and Chang insists Serrano’s difficulties with law enforcement have weakened him. Meanwhile, art student Jake Lo passes a rally commemorating the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. Jake’s father was an Army officer stationed in Beijing during the protests, and the rally is a painful reminder of watching his father die there. Student activist Paul Yang asks Jake to help their group, but Jake is not interested and claims his father died for nothing. Later, an art class model asks Jake for a date and he accepts. She gives him her address, and he is surprised to arrive at an office building. Inside, he learns the date was a ruse to lure him to Paul Yang’s fundraising event. Yang introduces him to their host, Carl Chang, and convinces Jake to stay for a drink. Chang steps into his office and finds Serrano, who declares he is taking Chang’s portion of Tau’s heroin business. Serrano shoots Chang and his body crashes through an interior window and lands next to Jake, who sees Serrano holding the rifle. Gunfights ensue as Chang’s men battle Serrano’s people. Jake fights off several thugs and runs to his motorcycle. Serrano aims at Jake as he rides his motorcycle into the building. He speeds out the other side, crashing as police surround him. At the police station, FBI agents arrive to question Jake. Agent Frank Stuart reveals the Grand Jury is about to end a three year investigation into Serrano and his Chicago mafia. Serrano has not personally killed someone in years, so Jake is a valuable witness. Jake is reluctant, but agents threaten to arrest him if he does not cooperate. In a Chicago bowling alley, Mace Ryan leads a police team investigating Tau’s heroin operation. Detective Karla Withers learns of Jake’s arrival, and Ryan orders his team to investigate. Meanwhile, at the safe house, Frank Stuart gives his telephone number to Jake, and promises to return later. Agent Daniels escorts Jake to the apartment where agents Anderson and Klein are waiting. Daniels and Anderson kill Agent Klein, then turn on Jake. He fights back, breaking Daniels’ nose and killing Anderson before escaping. Outside, Karla Withers stops him at gunpoint. Two police officers arrive and order her to put down her weapon. As Karla explains she is a police officer, Jake gets her weapon and holds her hostage. He protests his innocence, but Daniels races outside, and yells Jake killed two officers. Jake lets go of Karla and runs away. Later, Jake telephones Frank Stuart, who promises to help. When Frank calls Serrano, Mace Ryan listens on an illegal wiretap of Serrano’s telephone and overhears Frank’s plan to frame Jake. Mace Ryan drives into the alley as Jake arrives. Ryan sees Serrano’s men aim at Jake, and starts shooting as Jake dives behind trash bins. Jake gets into Mace’s car and they speed away. Serrano’s men follow, but Mace shoots their car, and it explodes. At the bowling alley, Mace introduces Jake to Karla and the rest of his team. Mace wants to stop Tau, and needs Jake’s help to get information about Tau’s operation from Serrano. Jake does not want to get involved, but Mace insists he will not live long because Serrano is after him and everyone else believes he is a “cop killer.” Jake reluctantly agrees to help, noting that Mace’s long-term commitment to stopping Tau reminds him of his father, whose work left little time for his family. Mace and Jake go to Frank Stuart’s home. Mace plays the tape of Frank’s conversation with Serrano, and blackmails the corrupt agent into helping them. Mace wants to know when and where Tau’s heroin shipment will arrive, but Frank insists that only Serrano has that information. Frank calls Serrano, claims he captured Jake, and promises to deliver him to Serrano’s restaurant. At the bowling alley, Mace, his team, and Jake review the plan to set up Serrano. Jake apologizes to Karla for taking her hostage. She believes Jake hates Mace for being too much like his father, but insists Jake should trust him. However, Jake is only interested in trusting Mace’s promise to clear his name. The next day, Mace’s team surrounds Serrano’s restaurant as Frank takes Jake inside. Snipers have Serrano in their sites, but Mace orders them to wait until they receive the signal from Frank. Inside, Frank turns Jake over to Serrano and receives a briefcase full of money in exchange. Frank asks for more money, offering to keep police away if Serrano gives him the address of the next heroin shipment. Serrano reveals the shipment will arrive at midnight the following evening at a laundry in Chinatown. However, he refuses to pay money and asks Frank to do it as a favor. Frank agrees and Serrano hugs him, unknowingly knocking out Frank’s microphone. As Frank leaves, he utters the pre-arranged signal, unaware that Mace cannot hear him. Serrano is suspicious that Frank would agree to help for free, and shoots him. Police shoot tear gas into the restaurant, and Serrano holds Jake hostage while his men open fire on officers. During the ensuing gun battle, Jake knocks Serrano aside and runs to the fire exit to escape, but the door is locked. As Serrano’s men unleash machine gun fire on officers outside, Jake fights several thugs in a series of brutal battles. Jake grabs Serrano from behind and uses his gun to shoot the mobster’s remaining men. Although Serrano offers him a bribe, Jake knocks him unconscious and drags him outside to Mace. Serrano is taken to prison, and Jake plans to return to Los Angeles. Karla invites Jake to her apartment. She obtained his father’s classified file, and insists Jake’s father died for something he believed in. Jake admits he misses his father, and she encourages him to move forward with his own life. Jake kisses her and they make love. Meanwhile, Mace’s team searches the laundry, but cannot find heroin. Tau’s men infiltrate the prison where Serrano is held, and murder him. In the morning, Mace bangs on Karla’s door, and Jake hides while the policeman shares news of Serrano’s death and the failed search. Although Mace is frustrated that their investigation has been shut down, he is thankful that he did not get Jake killed. Later, as Mace packs up equipment at the bowling alley, Jake arrives with Karla and announces he is ready to help. Unsanctioned by his superiors, Mace leads Jake and Karla to the laundry. Jake dresses as a laundry worker, sneaks inside, and learns the heroin is extracted from sheets. Outside, Tau’s men capture Mace and Karla, and the officers are brought to Tau’s office. Although Mace claims he has backup, Tau knows he is bluffing. As Tau aims his gun at Karla, Jake bursts in and stops him. Jake battles Tau’s men, enabling the drug lord to escape. Jake frees the officers, then face more of Tau’s men, who enter shooting. Mace is shot, but orders Jake and Karla to leave him behind and get Tau. As the battle continues, Tau sets fire to the heroin-filled sheets, and fills a briefcase with money from his safe. Jake pursues Tau onto the subway tracks, and after a brutal fight, the drug lord is electrocuted, then run over by a subway train. Jake returns to the warehouse and carries Mace from the burning building. Jake and Karla hold hands as they accompany Mace to the hospital. +

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