Police Story

dir. Jackie Chan

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Jackie Chan hit new heights of superstardom in this go-for-broke action opus that mixes his signature acrobatics and death-defying stunts with elements from Hollywood cop and car-crash thrillers.


Though Jackie Chan was already an established star in Hong Kong, Police Story took him to a new level of success and showcases the mind-bogglingly multi-talented performer at his physical, comedic and creative peak both in front of and behind the camera. Departing from the period martial-arts movie formula and seeking a way to integrate his tried-and-true screen persona into the contemporary world, Chan mixes elements from Hollywood cop and car-crash films with unabashedly silly comedy and his signature acrobatics and death-defying stunts, to stunning (and hilarious) effect. The story is simplicity itself — a zealous young cop (Chan), in hot pursuit of a drug lord, finds himself framed by his nemesis for murder, and must go on the run to clear his name — but the execution is everything, and the film brings the goods and then some. From the spectacular opening car chase that rips through a hillside shantytown to Chan's final battle against the drug lord's henchmen in a super-modern shopping mall, Police Story is a jaw-dropping exhibition of dazzling physical prowess, devil-may-care fearlessness and raw, goofy charm.