Police Story (film series)

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Police Story film series
警察故事系列
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Hong Kong Blu-ray box set for the first three Police Story 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 (I, II)
Stanley Tong (III, IV, Once a Cop)
Benny Chan (V)
Ding Sheng (VI)
Produced by Raymond Chow (I, II)
Leonard Ho (I-III)
Jackie Chan (III)
Barbie Tung (IV, V, Once a Cop)
Willie Chan (III, V)
Solon So (V)
Yang Du (VI)
Written by Jackie Chan (I, II)
Edward Tang (I-III)
Ma Fibe
Yee Lee-Wai (III)
Stanley Tong (IV, Once a Cop)
Elliot Tong
Greg Mellott
Nick Tramontane (IV)
Alan Yuen (V)
Ding Sheng (VI)
Sandy Shaw (Once a Cop)
Starring Jackie Chan
Bill Tung
Brigitte Lin
Maggie Cheung
Lam Kwok-Hung
Chor Yuen
Charlie Cho
Mars
Michelle Yeoh
Yuen Wah
Annie Wu
Jackson Liu
Nicholas Tse
Charlie Yeung
Charlene Choi
Daniel Wu
Yu Rongguang
Jing Tian
Liu Ye
Music by Michael Lai
Tang Siu-Lam (I, II)
Mac Chew
Jenny Chinn
Jonathan Lee (III)
Nathan Wang (IV)
Tommy Wai (V)
Zai Lao (VI)
Richard Lo (Once a Cop)
Cinematography Cheung Yiu-Cho (I, II)
Danny Lee Yau Tong (II)
Ardy Lam (III, Once a Cop)
Jingle Ma (IV)
Anthony Pun (V)
Yu Ding (VI)
Edited by Peter Cheung (I-IV, Once a Cop)
Cheung Ka-Fai (III, Once a Cop)
Yau Chi-Wai (IV, V)
Ding Sheng (VI)
Distributed by Hong Kong:
Golden Harvest
Media Asia
Golden Way Films Co. Ltd.
JCE Movies Limited
Emperor Motion Pictures
China Film Group Corporation
United States:
New Line Cinema
Lions Gate Entertainment
Dimension Films
Well Go USA Entertainment
Release dates
1985, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2004, 2013
Running time
743 minutes (combined)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese:
(I, II, III, IV, V, Once a Cop)
Mandarin:
(III, IV, VI)
English:
(III, IV)
Box office HKD $254,795,969 (combined)
USD $32,695,283 (combined)

The Police Story film series (Chinese: 警察故事系列) comprises six Hong Kong crime-action films and one spinoff film, directed by Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Benny Chan and Ding Sheng, and were produced by Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho, Jackie Chan, Barbie Tung, Willie Chan, Solon So and Yang Du. The first film Police Story was released on 14 December 1985. After the film's success, five sequels and a spin-off 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 autobiography, I Am Jackie Chan, 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, Solon So and Yang Du, distributed by Golden Harvest, Media Asia, Golden Way Films Co. Ltd., and JCE Movies. They were all directed by Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, Benny Chan and Ding Sheng.

Police Story (1985)[edit]

Police Story (Chinese: 警察故事) was made in 1985. The Royal Hong Kong Police Force is planning a major undercover sting called "Operation Boar Hunt" to arrest crime lord Chu Tao (Chor Yuen). 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 being demoted to a 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. The film marks the last appearance of Lam Kwok-Hung as Superintendent Raymond Li.

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 Once a Cop. 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: 警察故事4之簡單任務 or Jackie Chan's First Strike) was made in 1996 and is the only film in the Police Story series made partially in English. Jackie reprises his role as Chan Ka-Kui (also known in some versions as Jackie) for the final time as the Hong Kong cop works with Interpol to track down and arrest an illegal weapons dealer. Later Ka-Kui realizes that things are not as simple as they appear and soon finds himself a pawn of an organization posing as Russian intelligence. 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 "Uncle" Bill Wong in the series.

New Police Story (2004)[edit]

Main article: New Police Story

New Police Story (Chinese: 新警察故事), made in 2004, is a reboot of the Police Story series. Chan portrays a disgraced detective named Chan Kwok-Wing, who accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets. However, they must work together if they are to stop the gang who killed Chan's team a year earlier. The film features younger Hong Kong actors such as Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Charlie Yeung 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 (Chinese: 警察故事2013 or Police Story: Lockdown), made in 2013, stars 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. Unlike the previous Police Story films where he portrayed a Hong Kong cop, Jackie portrays a mainland Chinese officer named Zhong Wen. Zhong heads to Wu Bar in search of his estranged daughter, Miao Miao (Jing Tian). He disapproves of Miao's relationship with Wu Jiang (Liu Ye), the nightclub owner. However, Wu, who is looking for the release of a long-time prisoner, takes Zhong, Miao, and a group of strangers hostage. The film was distributed as Police Story: Lockdown in the United States by Well Go USA Entertainment and released in June 2015.

Spinoffs[edit]

Once a Cop (1993)[edit]

Main article: Once a Cop

Once a Cop (Chinese: 超級計劃), made in 1993, is a Hong Kong action film directed by Stanley Tong and starring Michelle Yeoh. It is a spin-off of Jackie Chan's Police Story film series involving the character Yeoh portrayed in Police Story 3: Supercop, Inspector Jessica Yang. The film is also known as Project S in original territories and many other titles, including Police Story IV (inaccurately), Police Story 3 Part 2, Supercop (UK) and Supercop 2 (US).

Both Jackie Chan and Bill Tung have cameo appearances as Inspector Chan Ka-Kui and "Uncle" Bill Wong in the film. Although Jackie Chan only has a cameo appearance, some DVD covers prominently featured Chan, misleading audience to think that he was one of the main characters. He reprises his role as Inspector Chan, but in drag to catch a criminal in drag wearing the same wig and clothes.

Reception[edit]

Police Story[edit]

Jackie Chan's first film featuring Chan 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 HKD $26,626,760 in Hong Kong.

Police Story 2[edit]

Chan's second film in the series was an even bigger hit, grossing HKD $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 HKD $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 USD $5,503,176 ($3,914 per screen), on its way to a total gross of USD $16,270,600. The North American release by Dimension was well received.

James Berardinelli of website ReelViews wrote:

In the Washington Post, Richard Harrington said:

Police Story 4: First Strike[edit]

Police Story 4 was an enormous box office success in Hong Kong, grossing HKD $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 USD $5,778,933 ($4,299 per screen) in its opening weekend. Its total North American box office gross was USD $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:

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New Police Story[edit]

New Police Story opened in Hong Kong on 23 September 2004, where it made HKD $5,625,746 in its first three days. It ended its run with HKD $21 million, 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 GBP $19,332 having been shown in 16 theatres. It ranked #21 at the box office and averaged $1,208 per theatre.[1] As of 22 October 2006, New Police Story had grossed a total of GBP $33,404 in its two-week release in the UK.

Police Story 2013[edit]

Police Story 2013 opened in China on 23 December 2013 and in Hong Kong on 16 January 2014 and was shown on 211,468 screens. It was a box office success, dominating the Chinese box office in the last week of the year, despite mixed reviews.

The film made USD $21 million on its first weekend, and USD $45 million in its first six days. Police Story 2013 grossed USD $94,249,025 worldwide. A public screening of Police Story 2013 was held at the 2013 Beijing International Film Festival in April 2013.

Once a Cop[edit]

Once a Cop was released in Hong Kong on 21 October 1993. In Hong Kong, the film managed to gross HKD $9,337,853 (as of 8 November 1993). The film was released to the US nearly three years later and it managed to gross USD $16,270,600.

Almar Haflidason of BBC Films said:

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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-Cho)
    • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)

Police Story 2[edit]

Police Story 3: Super Cop[edit]

  • 1993 Hong Kong Film Awards
    • Nominated: Best Actor (Jackie Chan)
    • Nominated: Best Action Choreography (Stanley Tong, Tang Tak-Wing, Ailen Sit, Chan Man-Ching, Wong Ming-Sing)
  • 1992 Golden Horse Film Festival
    • Won: Best Actor (Jackie Chan)
    • Won: Best Editing (Peter Cheung, Cheung Kar-Fei)

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)
  • 1996 Golden Horse Film Festival
    • Won: Best Action Direction (Stanley Tong)
  • 1997 MTV Movie Awards
    • Nominated: Best Fight

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
    • Won - Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Wu)
    • Won - Best Action Choreography (Lee Chung-Chi, Jackie Chan Stunt Team)
    • Won - Best Visual Effects (Victor Wong, Brian Ho)
    • Won - 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)

Police Story 2013[edit]

  • 18th Beijing Screenings and China Film Outstanding International Contribution Awards
    • Won - Outstanding International Contribution for a Chinese Film

Table of major characters[edit]

The following table shows the cast members who played the characters in the series.

List indicator(s)
  • This table shows the characters and the actors who have portrayed them throughout the series
  • Some actors are featured in several films but play different characters
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film
  • While New Police Story and Police Story 2013 are part of the Police Story film series, they are not continuations of the original series and are considered reboots
  • New Police Story and Police Story 2013 are separate reboots
  • Once a Cop is a spinoff of the Police Story series
Character Films
Police Story
(1985)
Police Story 2
(1988)
Police Story 3: Super Cop
(1992)
Once a Cop
(1993)
Police Story 4: First Strike
(1996)
New Police Story
(2004)
Police Story 2013
(2013)

Original Series[edit]

Inspector Chan Ka-Kui Jackie Chan Jackie Chan (cameo) Jackie Chan
Inspector "Uncle" Bill Wong Bill Tung Bill Tung (cameo) Bill Tung
May Maggie Cheung
Selina Fong Brigitte Lin
Superintendent Raymond Li Lam Kwok-Hung
Inspector "Big Mouth" Kim Mars
Inspector Francis Tak Kent Tong
Inspector Paul Wong Paul Wong
Inspector Man Kam Hing-Yin
Chu Tao Chor Yuen
John Ko Charlie Cho
Danny Chu Ko Fung Hak-On
"Snake Eyes" Lee Tai Bo
Counsellor Cheung Lau Chi-Wing
Dummy/Deaf Criminal Benny Lai
President Fung Kwan Shan
Miss Wong Isabella Wong
Inspector Jessica Yang Michelle Yeoh
Panther Yuen Wah
Khun Chaibat Kenneth Tsang
Chen Wen-Shi Chaibat Josephine Koo
David Chang Fung Yu Rongguang
Inspector Martin Lee Kwong-Ming Emil Chau
Annie Tsui Annie Wu
Jackson Tsui Jackson Liu
Colonel Gregor Yegorov Yuri Petrov
Natasha Nonna Grishayeva
Mark John Eaves
Uncle Seven Terry Woo
Allen Ailen Sit

Reboot Series[edit]

Senior Inspector Chan Kwok-Wing Jackie Chan
Detective Frank Cheng Siu-Fung Nicholas Tse
Sun Ho-Yee Charlie Yeung
Officer Sa Sa Charlene Choi
Joe Kwan Daniel Wu
Commander Chiu Chan Yu Rongguang
Detective Zhong Wen Jackie Chan
Miao Miao Jing Tian
Wu Jiang Liu Ye
Captain Wu Yu Rongguang

Theme Songs[edit]

Chan has performed the theme songs for the following Police Story films.

Released Film Song Title
1985
Police Story "英雄故事" / "Hero Story"
1988
Police Story 2 "英雄故事" / "Hero Story"
"我要衝霄" / "I Need"
1992
Police Story 3: Super Cop "謎" / "The Riddle" (Mandarin)
"希望你會懂" / "I Hope You Will Understand" (Mandarin)
"我有我路向" / "I Have My Path" (Cantonese)
1996
Police Story 4: First Strike "怎么会" / "How Come?"
"英雄故事" / "Hero Story" (Remix)
2004
New Police Story "九月風暴" / "September Storm"
2013
Police Story 2013 "拯救" / "Rescue" (with Sun Nan)

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