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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 lords 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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Details

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:

$93,652, 17 March 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Jackie Chan was hospitalized following the stunt where he flips over the balcony and crashes through the glass and light display, as he was not breathing. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin/Jackie is climbing onto the bus using the umbrella, as he reaches around the side of the bus we see the handle of the umbrella is clearly bent, but in the next shot, which looks back to him reaching round side of the bus the handle is back to normal. 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

Japanese Laserdisc release by Pony Canyon Video contains the following extra scenes:
  • The surprise birthday "treat" for Mars.
  • An opening credits sequence.
  • The extended "traditional Chinese" ending in which both Kevin (Jackie Chan) and Selina (Brigitte Lin) are arrested along with Koo.
  • Finally, after the extended ending, there is also an alternate/extended outtakes sequence which also shows Jackie's elation after successfully sliding down the pole for the last shot.
  • The Japanese version is roughly 5-6 min. longer than the Chinese print, and is 16 min longer than the American print.
  • The extended ending cut from most prints followed the tradition that if a hero has broken the law, he must face the penalty. However, it may have been cut either for the possibility of a sequel or the fact his character in Heart of Dragon (also released that year) also was a cop who was arrested in the ending.
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Amongst Jackie Chan's best
19 June 1999 | by Jack_YanSee all my reviews

Probably Jackie Chan's best film in the 1980s, and the one that put him on the map. The scale of this self-directed police drama is evident from the opening and closing scenes, during which a squatters' village and shopping mall are demolished. There are, clearly, differences between the original Chinese and dubbed English versions, with many of the jokes failing to make their way into the latter. The latter is also hampered by stars who sound nothing like their Chinese originals. In fact, the only thing the dubbing has corrected is the court trial—at the time, trials in colonial Hong Kong were conducted in English, while the original has this scene in Cantonese!

Nonetheless, Chan's fighting style and the martial arts choreography inject humour where possible, so non-Cantonese audiences don't miss much. It's not, after all, the dialogue that makes a Chan flick, but the action and the painful out-takes. The story is easy to follow: Chan plays an incorruptible Hong Kong detective pursuing a gangland godfather (Cho Yeun), and assigned to protect a star witness (Brigitte Lin). The action is superb from beginning to end, and there's not much time to breathe in between. It'll never get you thinking, but what an entertaining, and well strung-together, film. Arguably, this is one of the best martial arts films out there.


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