Jackie Chan × 2
Screening Dates
  • April 19, 2019 6:30
  • April 20, 2019 6:30
  • April 21, 2019 6:30
New Restoration

One of the great 1980s action films … Chan exists to impress us, and impress he does.”

Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

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 climatic 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.