I have been the proud owner of a Roku since 2010. Yes, kids, I owned a Roku before it was cool to own a Roku. Back then, it was essentially a device that Netflix paired up with to bring its streaming service to your television. Of course, back then, Netflix also had content for miles. Not like now, where its just a bunch of television shows and original content. *YAWN*. I have since cancelled my Netflix subscription because, let's face it, they no longer care to cater to cinephiles like you and I. They just want consumers to binge, so here is a bunch of episodic fare for your brain to sponge. Gimme a break.
But I digress. Since 2010, I have purchased two more Roku devices: the Roku 2 and the Roku 3. Mainly because there is no longer any support for the original device, rendering it almost useless for newer channels. In that time, I have come to add the Amazon Prime Video channel. If you sign up for Amazon Prime shipping, their streaming video service is a nice addition. Like any movie maniac, I have searched this thing up and down for movies and you would be surprised at the number of available films they have. They are to movie streaming now what Netflix was back in 2010 in the early days of Roku.
So consider this a new addition to Retro Movie Nerd; a piece that I call "What's Am I Watching This Week". Catchy, no? I am not paid by Amazon to do this. I just feel that they now have the superior library in comparison to Netflix. Amazon still cares to supply customers with movies. Netflix doesn't. Simple as that. I just want to share with my readers the various films available for viewing.
Let's start with a trio of films from the great year of 1973, shall we?
Rumble in Hong Kong (1973) - also known as "Police Woman". This is marketed as a Jackie Chan film, but Jackie is not the star. He also plays a villain, but not even the big boss. More like a henchman. This was retitled Rumble in Hong Kong after Jackie took off in the mid-1990s here in North America following Rumble in the Bronx. The story is about a woman fleeing from a gang, hiding evidence of some mobster misdeeds inside a cab and then dying....from something. The cab driver is constantly chased, beaten and harassed by Jackie and the gang, until the dead girl's sister, who happens to be a cop, intercedes to help the cab driver. This is a short 70 minutes, but there is very poor editing contained within, leading one to believe that it was once longer. You'll get your usual poor English dubbing, which is expected for an early 70s martial arts films. The missing purse with the secret info is really a McGuffin throughout the film, as this is about the fight scenes, which are average at best. Not a wholehearted recommendation here for sure, but if you're a Jackie Chan completist, check out this early nugget with him as a bad guy for a change. Just don't stare at the giant mole on his face for too long.