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Film Review: Police Story 警察故事 (1985) - Hong Kong (Criterion Collection) (Blu Ray) (US Version)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Police Story 警察故事 (1985) - Hong Kong (Criterion Collection) (4K Restored) (Blu Ray) (US Version)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)

"Police Story" (1985) is a groundbreaking film that propelled Jackie Chan to international stardom and redefined action cinema. Directed by and starring Chan, this masterpiece showcases his incredible physicality, innovative stunts, and impeccable comedic timing. The film follows Chan as Ka-Kui, a dedicated police officer caught in a web of corruption and danger. The film is a start of a successful Police Story series.

What sets "Police Story" apart is its groundbreaking action choreography. Chan's commitment to performing his own stunts is legendary, and this film showcases some of his most daring and death-defying feats. The final stunt scene in the shopping center is a defining moment in action cinema history, leaving audiences breathless.

Beyond the action, "Police Story" boasts a well-crafted narrative that balances suspense, humor, and drama. The film's pacing is expertly handled, seamlessly transitioning between intense action sequences and quieter character moments.

In retrospect, "Police Story" serves as a benchmark for action cinema, demonstrating the potential of the genre when executed with skill, creativity, and authenticity. Its influence can be felt in subsequent films, as filmmakers sought to emulate its spectacle and excitement.

All in all, "Police Story" is a cinematic masterpiece that showcases Jackie Chan's talent and solidifies his status as an international superstar. With its engaging plot, expertly choreographed action, and memorable performances, this film remains a must-watch for action enthusiasts and even more so in 4K restored.

I rated it 9.5/10


Reviewed as part of the Police Story 1 + 2 Blu Ray Set (Criterion Collection) 4K restored special edition.


 Available on 4K Blu Ray

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