Police Story (film series)

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Police Story film series
警察故事系列
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Police Story Hong Kong Blu-ray box set for the first three films
Traditional 警察故事系列
Simplified 警察故事系列
Mandarin Jǐngchá Gùshì Xì Liè
Cantonese Ging2 Caat3 Gu3 Si6 Hai6 Lit6
Directed by Jackie Chan (Police Story 1 & 2)
Stanley Tong (Police Story 3 & 4)
Benny Chan Muk-Sing (New Police Story)
Produced by Raymond Chow (Police Story 1 & 2)
Leonard Ho (Police Story 1-3)
Jackie Chan (Police Story 3)
Barbie Tung (Police Story 4 & 5)
Willie Chan
Solon So (New Police Story)
Written by Jackie Chan (Police Story 1-2)
Edward Tang (Police Story 1-3)
Ma Fibe
Yee Lee Wai (Police Story 3)
Greg Mellott
Elliot Tong
Stanley Tong
Nick Tramontane (Police Story 4)
Alan Yuen (New Police Story)
Starring Jackie Chan
Bill Tung
Brigitte Lin
Maggie Cheung
Charlie Cho
Michelle Yeoh
Yuen Wah
Nicholas Tse
Daniel Wu
Music by Michael Lai (Police Story 1 & 2)
Cheung Yiu Cho (Police Story 1 * 2)
Kevin Bassinsson (Police Story 1)
J. Peter Robinson (Police Story 1,2 & 4)
Yiu-Cho Cheung (Police Story 2)
Mac Chew
Jenny Chinn
Jonathan Lee (Police Story 3)
Joel McNeely (Police Story 3)
Nathan Wang (Police Story 4)
Tommy Wai (New Police Story)
Cinematography Cheung Yiu-Tsou (Police Story 1)
Chu Chang Yao (Police Story 2)
Ardy Lam (Police Story 3)
Jingle Ma (Police Story 4)
Anthony Pun (New Police Story)
Edited by Cheung Ka-Fai
Peter Cheung (Police Story 1,2 & 3)
Yau Chi-Wai (Police Story 4 & 5)
Distributed by Hong Kong Golden Harvest
Media Asia
Golden Way Films Co. Ltd.
JCE Movies
United States New Line Cinema
Lions Gate Entertainment
Dimension Films
Running time 478 minutes (combined)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office Hong Kong dollar 171,906,946 (combined)

The Police Story film series (Chinese: 警察故事系列) comprises five Hong Kong crime-action films, directed by Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong and Benny Chan, produced by Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho, Jackie Chan, Barbie Tung, Willie Chan and Solon So. The first film Police Story was released on 14 December 1985. After the film's success, five sequels were made.

Chan began work on the film after a disappointing experience working with another director on The Protector, which was intended to be his entry into the American film market. The first Police Story film is considered by fans to be one of Chan's best films. It was a massive hit in Asia. According to his book, Chan considers the film his best, in terms of action.

Film series[edit]

All of the Police Story films were produced by Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho, Jackie Chan, Barbie Tung, Willie Chan and Solon So, distributed by Golden Harvest, Media Asia, Golden Way Films Co. Ltd., and JCE Movies. They were all directed by director Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong and Benny Chan.

Police Story (1985)[edit]

The Royal Hong Kong Police Force is planning a major undercover sting called "Operation Boar Hunt" to arrest crime lord Chu Tao (Yuen Chor). Inspector Chan Ka-Kui (or Kevin Chan in some versions) is part of the operation, along with undercover officers stationed in a shanty town. After arresting Chu, Chan's next assignment is to protect Chu Tao's secretary, Selina Fong (Brigitte Lin), who plans to testify in court about Chu Tao's illegal activities. The trial fails due to Selina's tampering with evidence. Though Chu Tao is released on bail, he wants revenge against Ka-Kui, framing him for the murder of fellow policeman Inspector Man. Meanwhile, Selina, realizing Chu's criminality, goes to his office at a shopping mall to download incriminating data from Chu Tao's computer system. Chu Tao and Chan notice this and head to the mall. In the ensuing fight, Ka-Kui defeats all of Chu Tao's henchmen while the police apprehend Chu and the briefcase.

Police Story 2 (1988)[edit]

Main article: Police Story 2

Police Story 2 (Chinese: 警察故事續集), made in 1988, featured many of the same actors reprising their roles from the original. The story picks up with Chan Ka-Kui demoted traffic cop for causing so much damage in his apprehension of Chu. Chu has been released from prison on the pretense that he is terminally ill, and Chu and his clan continue to harass Chan and his girlfriend May as Chan gets reinstated to the detective unit when criminal bombers begin extorting money from businessmen.

Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)[edit]

Police Story 3 (Chinese: 警察故事3超級警察, or Supercop) was made in 1992. Michelle Yeoh joins the cast, portraying a police officer from mainland China. The story involves Chan and Yeoh's character going undercover to try to break up a drug smuggling ring. The action moves from China to Kuala Lumpur, where Chan's girlfriend May is kidnapped. The film marks the last appearance of Maggie Cheung as May. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role in the spin-off, called Project S. Dimension Films released Police Story 3 in the US in 1996 under the name of Supercop with some edits to the film, the complete replacement of all music and sound effects, and English dubbing.

Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)[edit]

Police Story 4 (Chinese: 簡單任務 or Jackie Chan's First Strike), made in 1996, is the only film in the Police Story series made partially in English. The action shifts away from Hong Kong and Asia, with a globe trekking espionage plot, lending the film the air of a James Bond adventure. The New Line Cinema release in the US contained various alterations. Filmed on location in Ukraine and Australia, the film also marks the last appearance of Bill Tung, who plays Chan's superior in the series.

New Police Story (2004)[edit]

Main article: New Police Story

New Police Story (Chinese: 新警察故事) is a reboot of the Police Story series. Chan portrays a disgraced detective named Wing, and acts alongside such younger Hong Kong actors as Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi and Daniel Wu. The story features a more dramatic focus, taking a darker and more serious tone.

Police Story 2013 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Police Story 2013

Police Story 2013 is a 2013 Chinese-Hong Kong action crime film directed and written by Ding Sheng, and starring Jackie Chan in another reboot of the Police Story film series. The film is directed by Ding Sheng, whom previously helmed Chan's Little Big Soldier. According to Chan, unlike the previous Police Story films where he portrayed a Hong Kong cop, in the new film he will portray a mainland Chinese officer.[1]

Reception[edit]

Police Story[edit]

Jackie Chan's first film featuring as a Hong Kong cop was a blockbuster in Asia, Hong Kong, US and other foreign countries. Chan returned to fame after his first attempt to cross over to Hollywood ended in several box office bombs. The film grossed HK $26,626,760 in Hong Kong.

Police Story 2[edit]

Chan's second film in the series was an even bigger hit, grossing $34,151,609 in Hong Kong. And although the film was a huge success at the box office, it wasn't as appreciated as its predecessor at the Hong Kong film awards and only received one win.

Police Story 3: Super Cop[edit]

Police Story 3 is the first in the series not to be directed by Jackie, with Stanley Tong taking over the helm. It is also the last appearance in the series for Maggie Cheung as Ka-Kui's girlfriend, May. Police Story 3 grossed HK $32,609,783 in its Hong Kong theatrical run. After Chan's North American breakthrough in Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 3 was released in North America on 25 July 1996 under the shorter title Supercop. Opening at 1,406 theatres, it grossed US $5,503,176 ($3,914 per screen), on its way to a total gross of US $16,270,600. The North American release by Dimension was well received.

James Berardinelli of website ReelViews wrote:

"As is usual in a Chan film, the end credits (which show out-takes of failed stunts) are one of Supercop's highlights. There are more laughs in this hilarious three-minute sequence than in the whole of Kingpin. I can't think of a better reason to stay through the entire movie. Ultimately, the closing montage points out one of the chief differences between Chan's stylized, fast-paced films and those of his American counterparts: this is action with a smile, not a grimace."[1]

In the Washington Post, Richard Harrington said:

"Chan seems to have met his soul mate in Khan [Michelle Yeoh], Asia's top female action star. Like Chan, Khan does her own fighting and stunts. Unlike the Hollywood action contingent, Chan and Khan don't rely on cinematic trickery. Theirs are not special effects, just spectacular ones. Connoisseurs will find Chan's helicopter-train chase far riskier, more exciting and more believable than its mates in Mission: Impossible and The Living Daylights."[2]

Police Story 4: First Strike[edit]

First Strike was an enormous box office success in Hong Kong, grossing HK $57,518,794 during its theatrical run. It remains Jackie Chan's highest grossing film in Hong Kong.

The film was released on 10 January 1997 in 1,344 North American theatres, grossing US $5,778,933 ($4,299 per screen) in its opening weekend. Its total North American box office gross was US $15,318,863.

The version of the film released in North American cinemas by New Line was met with mixed critical response. It currently has a 52% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

Mike LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle was among the most enthusiastic of the reviewers:

One of the pleasures of being alive at this period of history is Jackie Chan. There are other pleasures, of course, and other movie pleasures, too. But few things in film today are as reliable as a Jackie Chan movie.

Even if the picture is weak, Chan is never disappointing. Watching him in Jackie Chan's First Strike, a brand-new effort opening today, there's no doubt that this is a lovable original and a great popular artist.

So this time Chan swims with sharks. He climbs from balcony to balcony on the top floor of a tall hotel building. He even -- get this -- drops 100 feet from a helicopter into a frozen lake, just as the helicopter explodes.

[4]

New Police Story[edit]

New Police Story opened in Hong Kong on 23 September 2004, where it made $5,625,746 HKD in its first three days. It ended its run with $21 million HKD, making it the fourth highest-grossing domestic release of the year.

On 13 October 2006, the film received a limited release in the United Kingdom. In its opening weekend the film grossed $19,332 having been shown in 16 theatres. It ranked #21 at the box office and averaged $1,208 per theatre.[2] As of 22 October 2006, New Police Story had grossed a total of $33,404 in its two week release in the UK.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Police Story[edit]

  • 1986 Hong Kong Film Awards
    • Won: Best Film
    • Won: Best Action Choreography'
    • Nominated: Best Director (Jackie Chan)
    • Nominated: Best Actor (Jackie Chan)
    • Nominated: Best Actress (Brigitte Lin)
    • Nominated: Best Cinematography (Cheung Yin-Tsou)
    • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)

Police Story 2[edit]

Police Story 3: Super Cop[edit]

Police Story 4: First Strike[edit]

  • 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards
    • Won: Best Action Choreography (Stanley Tong)
    • Nominated: Best Picture
    • Nominated: Best Actor (Jackie Chan)
    • Nominated: Best New Performer (Annie Wu)
    • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung, Yau Chi-wai)

New Police Story[edit]

24th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Nomination - Best Picture
  • Nomination - Best Director (Benny Chan)
  • Nomination - Best Actor (Jackie Chan)
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Wu)
  • Nomination - Best Editing (Yau Chi-Wai)
  • Nomination - Best Action Design (Lee Chung-Chi, Jackie Chan Stunt Team)
  • Nomination - Best Sound Effects (Kinson Tsang Kin-Cheung)
  • Nomination - Best Visual Effects (Wong Won-Tak, Ho Chi-Fai)

41st Annual Golden Horse Awards

  • Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Wu)
  • Winner - Best Action Choreography (Lee Chung-Chi, Jackie Chan Stunt Team)
  • Winner - Best Visual Effects (Victor Wong, Brian Ho)
  • Winner - Audience Choice Award
  • Nomination - Best Editing (Yau Chi-Wai)
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction (Wong Ching-Ching, Choo Sung-Pong, Oliver Wong)
  • Nomination - Best Sound Effects (Tsang King-Cheung)

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