I mentioned Wesley Snipes role - its quite funny really, because his role is incredibly small but, in my opinion, is pivotal. His character is Thomas Flanigan and - as mentioned in the cops wedding sequence - he is one of very few (if any) African American cops and this is mocked by both Jimmy Jump and his cronies. One sequence when Jump manages to squeeze his way out of any arrest -an arrest that was humiliating and overblown managed to be squashed very quickly by Walkens top-end lawyers. CSI-cop spits in Jimmy's face. He wipes it off. But Snipes just stares at him - you question how much Jimmy cares but you can see the anger and frustration in Snipes face. Something that spitting-Caruso will never understand. It nevertheless evens the score - as humiliating as Jimmys arrest was and being spat in the face, Jimmy completely mocking the justice system and mocking Snipes position in the force was far more humiliating for Snipes himself. While discussing the race representation in the film, Walken himself is one of the very few white criminals - within a gangs of African-americans, Chinese, Columbians, Italians, etc. This racial divide gives Walken - by far the worst criminal of them all - the opportunity to not only mix within the underground groups but also the upper-class politicians and congressmen and women (to the point that a top-class female lawyer he goes out with represents him and his clients - wilfully, he even reduces her up-class status, as he has a quick fondle of her on the train, in the subway. Could she get more underground?), therefore gaining a political prescence in the city.
The irony is in the finale - his 'gang' and business is not wiped out. In fact, it is quite clear that they inevitably continued. Hence my choice of rank's words at the top of this overview. The unit deovted to catching Frank White are all wiped out. Two killed in a failed ambush that, in itself, was illegal and showed how corrupt the NYC police were, another killed at the funeral for the previously mentioned dead cops. (Frank pulls up in a limo, shotgun out, bang - killed). The last one is the only one with some sort of dignity. Frank has the power to get into his apartment and tell him his stance - as a businessman - then leaves under the assumption that he will stay out of his way. But he decides not to - appearing on the train Frank has got on for a showdown. Remember the cops are portrayed as di*kheads and, consequently, rank sprays him up with bullets and, in response, the cop manages to squeeze out one bullet.
We see Frank stumble away - was he shot? he see's the commotion of the streets and gets into a taxi. We see he's been shot in the belly. The music starts up as we see brilliant crane shots over all the New York cars residing around this one taxi ... the police surround the taxi. He drops his gun. He's dead. Alone in a taxi. I assume the point is that this one last cop - a decent man who was in no part of the failed attack on Franks crack-house - was the one that succeeded in their mission to catch him. Bishop (Victor Argo) is the cops name and he clearly is aware of the problem in the city and, to some extent, doesnt care anymore - its gone to far. The film lacks any hope for the future and this is merely pointing out the flaws in the legal system and the power of criminals and in this way, on a much smaller scale, it has themes which are similar to The Wire. A programme which, ultimately, is superior to King of New York, showing every side to the very complex story of crime, law and justice. If anything, it is this in comparison to The Wire that shows how TV is a better medium to present stories through.
Quickly - in Michael Jacksons music video to You Rock My World, Marlon Brando shows up as some Godfather-esque bad guy. When MJ first see's him, he says "bang bang" in a very similar tone to Walken as he leaves Bishops house. Maybe all of Brando's lines in that music video are taken form kick-ass Gangster films ... it would make sense whether this was referenced or whether, more likely, it is simply coincidence.