Jackie Chan: Police Story/Police Story 2

Jackie Chan: Police Story/Police Story 2

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Cast: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Cho Yuen, Bill Tung

     
 

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This was internationally famous Jackie Chan's breakthrough action film, the work that got him past the ethnic boundaries of Hong Kong and into competition at the New York Film Festival in 1986. It also got him into the hospital after performing a stunt in which he fell through a glass canopy -- and stopped breathing. The story itself is not particularly profound.… See more details below

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This was internationally famous Jackie Chan's breakthrough action film, the work that got him past the ethnic boundaries of Hong Kong and into competition at the New York Film Festival in 1986. It also got him into the hospital after performing a stunt in which he fell through a glass canopy -- and stopped breathing. The story itself is not particularly profound. Kevin (Ga-kui) (Chan) is an honest, self-effacing cop who manages to capture drug lord Cho (Cho Leung) almost single-handedly. A reluctant Kevin is then assigned the job of protecting Cho's secretary Selena (Brigitte Lin) who is going to testify against him. Sure enough, the trial date comes, and Selena disappears, while Cho has to be set free for lack of evidence. The next thing he knows, Kevin is framed by Cho for the murder of a fellow (dirty) cop and is running like heck from the bad guys as well as the police. Some incredible stunts in this film include Chan being dragged behind a double-decker bus. One of Jackie Chan's trademarks are hilarious outtakes shown during the end credits, and they are among the best here. This feature is repeated to great advantage at the end of his 1998 hit Rush Hour as well. Police Story picked up "Best Picture" and "Best Action Choreography" at the 1986 Hong Kong Film Festival and was nominated for several other awards that year. Sequel after sequel followed.

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This film represented Jackie Chan's transition from the kung-fu comedies of his early career into a glossier, more cosmopolitan style of action fare in which kung-fu is one component. The script is often schizoid in tone, veering from cheerful slapstick to brutal action at the drop of a hat, but this also lends it a certain unpredictability that will keep the viewer engaged. Chan makes a strong leading man, handling both the action and the comedy with a strong knack for the timing of both elements. He's aided nicely in the dramatic department by Brigitte Lin as the feisty suspect he has to protect, not to mention Maggie Cheung's amusing turn as Chan's long-suffering girlfriend and Bill Tung as a wily superior officer who's always angling to appear good to his boss. However, the key draw of Police Story is the action and Chan and company deliver on this requirement several times over: there are several hand-to-hand fight scenes that boggle the mind with their complexity and hard-hitting speed. Better yet, the film is bookended by two awe-inspiting action setpieces: the first mixes complex car stunts and building destruction in with gunfights and kung-fu (note: this scene was later "borrowed" by Hollywood for a similar scene in Bad Boys II) and a jaw-dropping finale that involves a destruction-heavy battle royale in a multi-storied shopping mall. The latter is one of the highlights of Chan's career, all the more impressive because he also directed it, and one of the most exhilarating fight scenes ever captured on film. In short, Police Story is a crucial film in Chan's career and thus a must for anyone interested in exploring his work.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
UPC:
0826663139877
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:42:00
Sales rank:
25,984

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Disc #1 -- Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story/Police Story 2
1. Chapter 1 [10:22]
2. Chapter 2 [6:49]
3. Chapter 3 [10:07]
4. Chapter 4 [8:02]
5. Chapter 5 [11:07]
6. Chapter 6 [2:07]
7. Chapter 7 [1:55]
8. Chapter 8 [8:24]
9. Chapter 9 [5:21]
10. Chapter 10 [6:15]
11. Chapter 11 [7:18]
12. Chapter 12 [10:05]
13. Chapter 13 [9:26]
14. Chapter 14 [:11]
15. Chapter 15 [2:48]
1. Chapter 1 [10:18]
2. Chapter 2 [7:35]
3. Chapter 3 [10:05]
4. Chapter 4 [12:03]
5. Chapter 5 [10:33]
6. Chapter 6 [6:29]
7. Chapter 7 [8:40]
8. Chapter 8 [12:54]
9. Chapter 9 [9:49]
10. Chapter 10 [8:46]
11. Chapter 11 [10:16]
12. Chapter 12 [1:38]
13. Chapter 13 [9:46]
14. Chapter 14 [2:50]

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