Saturday, May 4, 2013

1985 - POLICE STORY, Jackie Chan in his prime

My  copy of Police Story is bad, the dubbing is bad, the print is bad, and it's been cut by about 10 minutes.  Still this is Jackie Chan starring, directing and doing a lot of his own stunts.

The plot of Police Story is another chance to watch Jackie Chan a very physical actor in top athletic condition when the film was made.  Chan's character is one he developed on his own, sort of an action hero who actually gets hurt during fights and a clown who does a lot of physical comedy reminiscent of Buster Keaton.

Chan always loads his film up with good looking women, in this case Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung a couple of intelligent actors who are required to act like a couple of very stupid women.  Women in a Jackie Chan film don't come off particularly well as characters.

What Police Story is all about are the incredible stunts and action sequences.  The film starts with an amazing chase through a shanty town and ends will an all out battle in a shopping mall.  All this is done with stunt men bouncing around and looking like they actually got hurt which in all probably they did.

90 minutes.

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