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Police Story (1985)

Ging chaat goo si (original title)
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A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Chan Ka Kui
Maggie Cheung ... May
Brigitte Lin ... Selina Fong (as Brigette Lin)
Kwok-Hung Lam Kwok-Hung Lam ... Supt. Raymond Li
Bill Tung ... Inspector Bill Wong
Yuen Chor ... Mr. Chu Tao
Charlie Cho ... John Ko
Chi-Wing Lau ... Cheung, the Lawyer
Hark-On Fung ... Danny Koo
Hing-Yin Kam ... Inspector Man
Mars ... Kim
Tai-Bo ... Lee / Snake Eyes
Ken Tong ... Tom (as Kent Tong)
Fat Wan Fat Wan ... Jacknife / Mad Wing
Fung Woo ... Shau Tau Kok Station Commander
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Storyline

Kevin Chan (aka Jackie) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug- lord. Of course, the drug-lord isn't too happy about this, and frames Kevin with the murder of another cop (who happened to be on the take). Kevin has to clear his name, whilst keeping himself from getting killed or arrested, and keeping his girlfriend from leaving him. Written by Yaron <yaron@starlight.trendline.co.il>

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You may know the name, but the game has changed.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief sexual humor and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

14 December 1985 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,591, 3 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$113,164, 25 April 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended print) | (New Line Version) (USA) | (edited) | (USA) (1988)

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Mono (original release)| Dolby (re-mastered version)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In the double decker bus scene, Jackie used a metal umbrella because a wooden one kept slipping when he tried to hang onto the bus. See more »

Goofs

(In the climax shopping mall set) After Chan is thrown against the metal shelf rack and he falls on the floor for it to fall on top of him; later continuation fight scenes show it back up against the wall. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Chan Ka Kui: [after being assigned to protect her from Koo's men, Kevin tries to persuade Selina to go home after she's been released from jail] Miss Fong, it's much too dangerous out here. Please go home.
Selina Fong: I'll do what I want.
Kevin Chan Ka Kui: Miss Fong, it's for your own safety.
Selina Fong: [annoyed] Look, I don't need your protection, so get lost! Leave me alone!
Kevin Chan Ka Kui: Are you sure? Do you know what happened to four other witnesses who said that?
Selina Fong: [sarcastically] What? Somebody shot em? Don't try to scare me. So go on... what happened?
Kevin Chan Ka Kui: Uh... ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Despite theories otherwise, there actually was a Golden Harvest produced English dub complete with Michael Lai's score that was used for the mainstream 100 minute Hong Kong cut. However, it only ever had a release on Dutch VHS. Despite the existence of this track, all official DVDs featuring an English dub (such as the Hong Kong Legends and Dragon Dynasty releases) use a newer dub from circa 2001. See more »

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Hero Story
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Arguably Chan's Best Movie By Far
19 January 2008 | by wchngliuSee all my reviews

Jackie Chan is considered by many film and martial arts movie fans as one of the greatest action stars ever to grace the silver screen and Police Story cemented his reputation as the likely successor to the late, great Bruce Lee. If Enter The Dragon bared the so-called bench mark of Lee's greatness in the 70s, then the same can be said about Police Story and Jackie Chan in the 80s.

Forget about the Rush Hour trilogy, or any of his US efforts- the one film that really typifies Chan's excellence, not to mention kick starting his status as a high kicking, bone-crushing kung- fu talisman, as well as his movie career was this, Police Story- the first in a series of successful cop films, set in mainland, present day Hong Kong.

I've seen many of his efforts- likewise the US-based Rush Hour, Rumble in the Bronx, The Medalian and The Tuxedo to name- and frankly many of them pale into insignificance compared to Police Story. In those movies, we saw a less 'dumbed down' version of Jackie, of whom didn't get the opportunity to utilise his fighting abilities to the maximum, not to mention the fight sequences were no where as good as those in such efforts as Drunken Master, Police Story to name.

The stunts in this movie are extraordinary and are the best featured in any action movie. The shopping mall scene is literally one of a kind and has to be seen to be believed: the flying shards of glass, Chan who is left dangling outside the bus only by his walking stick as a madman frantically drives through the streets of the town, and Chan successfully making usage of all sorts of inanimate objects and prop devices as weapons to fight the bad guys with.

Considering he is known for injuring and breaking every bone in his body and putting himself in harm's way, Jackie's persistence in showing his versatility as a stuntman himself by not relying on one, is somewhat of a testament to his reputation as a kung fu expert. Especially as he has the bruises to show for it. Thus, he has proved that he is no one-trick pony when it comes down to devising and coming up with various and clever looking moves.

Story-wise, there is not much to discuss but what it lacks in narrative, it makes up with its end-to end action and fight sequences. As for the dialogue, well it's not a really huge aspect of the film- which is why most fans of Jackie's and martial arts films are more interested in action, as opposed to the story.

Unlike say The Matrix, there are no wires or CGI, or any form of computer trickery involved. What you see is what you get- and what you get with Police Story is a great Jackie Chan epic, full of action and pulsating stunts.It is miles better than Rumble In The Bronx, Rush Hour and all his other American efforts.

Police Story is an excellent film and one I'd definitely recommend to anyone who is a novice Jackie Chan fan, but of whom are unsure which one they should watch first.


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