Police Story 2013

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Police Story 2013
PoliceStory2013.jpg
Film poster
Traditional 警察故事2013
Simplified 警察故事2013
Mandarin Jǐng Chá Gù Shì Èr Líng Yī Sān
Cantonese Ging2 Caat3 Gu3 Si6 Ji6 Ling4 Jat1 Saam1
Directed by Ding Sheng
Written by Ding Sheng
Starring Jackie Chan
Liu Ye
Jing Tian
Production
  company
Jackie & JJ Productions
China Vision Media Group
Wanda Film and Television Media
Starlet HK International Media
Distributed by Jackie & JJ International (Worldwide)
Emperor Motion Pictures (Hong Kong)
Release date(s)
  • 24 December 2013 (2013-12-24) (China)
  • 16 January 2014 (2014-01-16) (Hong Kong[1])
Running time 108 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office US$94,249,025[2]

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, who 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.[3]

Like New Police Story, 2013 is a stand-alone installment with a darker tone than the previous installments, which were more comedic.

Plot[edit]

Detective Zhong Wen heads to Wu Bar in search of his estranged daughter, Miao Miao, who is now the girlfriend of the nightclub's owner, Wu Jiang. However, Zhong disapproves of Miao's relationship, which leads to an argument between the father and daughter. Before Zhong can make amends with Miao, he is struck in the head by an unnamed assailant, in a plot orchestrated by Wu.

Regaining consciousness, Zhong finds himself strapped onto a chair, and his hands bound by metal wires. He deduces that Wu was after him all along, but cannot conclude why. Zhong also learns that the other bar patrons, including his daughter, are being held captive. Wu phones the local Lieutenant and demands a hefty ransom as well as an audience with prisoner Wei Xiaofu, before leaving the room Zhong is trapped in.

Zhong breaks free of the wires and escapes from the room. Scouring the bar undetected, he finds the secret chamber of Wu, which is predominantly filled with posters of a teenage girl and a younger Wu, who once went by the monicker "Spider" when he was a kick boxer. He also spots blueprints of the bar and discerns that Wu intends to bomb the entire bar should his kidnapping ploy fail. Through Miao, Zhong obtains a handphone, which he uses to contact the lieutenant. Unfortunately, Wu soon discovers that Zhong has fled the hostage room. Wu grabs Miao at gunpoint, forcing Zhong to reveal his hiding place.

Re-captured, Zhong offers an impatient Wu his assistance in finding Wei, who has yet to arrive. Wu agrees and gives Zhong two options — defeat one of his henchmen in a battle and be allowed to free three hostages, or admit defeat and find Wei alone. Zhong relents, agreeing to fight. With perseverance, Zhong emerges as victor.

Zhong then convinces a reluctant Wei Xiaofu to enter the bar with him. Back in Wu Bar, Wu Jiang reveals the reason behind the kidnapping: he intends to exact revenge on Zhong, Wei, and three other hostages, all of whom were coincidentally witnesses to Wu's younger sister's death. On that fateful day, Wei had wanted to steal medicine for his mother at a pharmacy. Wu's sister was also at the drug store. When Wei's theft is discovered, he panicks and holds Wu's sister at knifepoint. It transpires that she had been pregnant and, due to stress, had committed suicide by slashing her own neck with Wei's weapon. Zhong, who was driving back home, happened to pass by the crime scene, but could not save her.

As Wu digests the truth, police forces storm into the bar. The bombs set in place by Wu go off and the criminals flee through an escape route. In the ensuing confusion, Wu leaves with Miao. Zhong gives chase and the trio end up in a rail tunnel. Wu offers Zhong an ultimatum: Shoot himself or let his daughter die. Zhong chooses the former but realises that the gun is unloaded. Wu informs Zhong that he has passed his test and in doing so, has earned his respect. Wu returns Miao to Zhong and prepares to let an oncoming train hit him. Zhong is unable to stop his suicidal act in time but luckily, the train switches tracks just as it is about to collide with Wu. The bar owner is apprehended, while Zhong is sent to hospital.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming of Police Story 2013 began in November 2012 in Beijing.[4] To prepare for his role, Chan cut his hair short to fit the look of a mainland officer. About his new role, Chan posted on his Sina Weibo account stating,

I’ve played policemen many times before, but I’ve never shot a film which focused on the life of a mainland policeman. So this time, I get the chance to fulfill this kind of role.[5]

Filming wrapped on in February 2013 and post-production began, with the actors re-recording their dialogue.[6]

Release[edit]

A public screening of Police Story 2013 was held at the 2013 Beijing International Film Festival in April 2013.[7] Chan also promoted the film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.[8] The film was released in China on December 24, 2013.[9]

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