Picks and Pans Review: Rapid Fire

updated 09/14/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1992 01:00AM

Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Kate Hodge, Nick Mancuso

There's curiosity value in this film: Lee is the son of the Tom Mix of martial-arts films, Bruce Lee. (To compare, Brandon is bigger than Dad. He is as quick and performs without Bruce's clucky chirps.)

Here he is supposed to be a Chinese-American student who was in Tiananmen Square during the massacre and now, in L.A., sees an Italian drug-peddling mobster shot by a Chinese rival. After that it's trite on-the-run stuff.

The impressive Hodge plays the partner of Boothe, a Chicago cop. There is no worthy villain, with gangster Mancuso (Heartbreakers) as hammy as a hood on TV's The Untouchables.

These are slim times for martial-arts fans. Lee may fill the vacuum. But don't get too excited. There's little new under the dim sum. (R)

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