ZERO STARS/**** Image C Sound C Extras D
starring Jackie Chan, Joey Wong, Kumiko Goto, Chingmy Yau
written and directed by Wong Jing
by Walter Chaw There's a scene towards the middle of Jackie Chan's unwatchable City Hunter where starving, womanizing Ryô (Chan) leers at a pretty bimbo, and director Wong Jing provides a point-of-view shot that replaces her breasts with hamburgers and her arms and legs with corresponding fried chicken parts. The film never gets any funnier. City Hunter is garbage--fetid and painful from its prologue to a conclusion one-hundred minutes later that feels for all the world like a week-and-a-half later. It's misogynistic, which is not really a surprise as almost all of Jackie Chan's modern-era films are virulently so, but it does what I wouldn't have suspected to be possible: it makes Chan a smarmy, oafish reptile. The modern Buster Keaton is here recast as Lorenzo Llamas, with the level of violence towards women in the film so extreme and unacceptable that it feels not so much prehistoric as something of a first.