Police Story

(Ging chaat goo si)
Hong Kong 1985. Dir: Jackie Chan. 100 min. DCP

“One of the great 1980s action films ... Chan exists to impress us, and impress he does.”
MATT ZOLLER SEITZ, ROGEREBERT.COM

NEW RESTORATION! Legendary Hong Kong martial-arts megastar Jackie Chan secured his spot in the action-movie pantheon with this jaw-dropping classic, a veritable sizzle reel of acrobatic fight choreography, Keatonesque slapstick, and absurdly dangerous stunts performed by its star/director/death-courter. Chan is officer Chan Ka-Kui, an honest cop tasked with protecting a drug lord’s secretary (Chinese screen icon Brigitte Lin) long enough for her to testify in court. When the case gets thrown out and Ka-Kui is framed for murder, he must single-handedly (fists, mostly) take on the kung-fu-proficient crime syndicate and clear his name. A young Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love, Irma Vep) plays Ka-Kui’s bubbly girlfriend, a breakout role she’d reprise over the next two instalments of the wildly popular series. The climactic rumble in a demolition-doomed shopping mall, a melange of shattering glass, bending bodies, and a multi-story pole slide through exploding lights, is utterly astounding. In Cantonese with English subtitles.

Police Story screens in a double bill with Police Story 2, Jackie Chan's smash sequel.


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REVIEWS

“We marvel at Chan’s speed and fluidity, while every new use of a car door, or refrigerator, or shopping cart takes our breath away.”

MUBI Notebook | full review

"Demolitions, death-defying leaps, bone-crunching scraps, and ... jaw-dropping stunts."

Time Out | full review