Police Story (new 4K restoration)
(Hong Kong/1985—directed by Jackie Chan)
The jaw-dropping set-pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, a smash hit that made him a worldwide icon of daredevil action spectacle. The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays a Hong Kong police inspector who goes rogue to bring down a drug kingpin and protect the case’s star witness (Chinese cinema legend Brigitte Lin).
Packed with goofball slapstick and astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography—including an epic shopping-mall melee of flying fists and shattered glass—Police Story set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood. The clarity of this new 4K restoration reminds us that there was no CGI safety net here – it’s all real. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (92 min.)
“★★★★ Chan exists to impress us, and impress us he does, with some of the greatest stunts in the history of movies.” -Matt Zoller Seitz, rogerebert.com
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