Story: Who cares? The stunts are so astonishing and brilliant, you are left with open mouthed awe. Just know Jackie Chan exceeds imagination in this amazing film.
Why You Should See It: My girlfriend recently told me she knows Jackie Chan mainly because of the “Rush Hour” movies… and I imagine some even younger people think of Jackie as the coach in the remake of “The Karate Kid.” But I only know one Jackie. The Buster Keaton-eske writer-director-star who thrived in the Hong Kong Film industry before 1997.
And his greatest work, “Police Story” is on YouTube. Here we have a movie that fulfills every major movie fantasy. It opens with the complete destruction of a shanty town and ends in a shopping mall, which Jackie treats like his own personal jungle gym, literally being thrown off one story and landing on his back… and he gets up, at least long enough for the sequence.
Jackie fights ten people, twenty people, and seriously takes punches to the face, kicks to the stomach and so on, and you basically can’t believe what you’re watching. That this is being filmed. That the guy getting beaten by hordes of bad guys is directing this thing. People getting fucked up seriously in this movie, thrown through glass, falling off buses, escalators, and sometimes entire buildings… and somehow survive. I think.
This shit is real, you learn by the ending credits. Jackie is seen demolished literally as he is pulled out on a stretcher after one of his punishing sequences. This is cinema at its height. Jackie Chan should be known for “Police Story” above anything else he’s done. This is his masterpiece. I Can’t Believe It’s On YouTube.
Written by: Norith Soth