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Police Story (film series)

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
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)
Editing 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

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)

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. However, the criminals spot the police and the ensuing car chase cuts through the hillside shanty town, vehicles destroying the shacks and causing large explosions.

Ka-Kui persists in his chase, eventually following on foot as the drug lord attempts to escape in a double-decker bus. Ka Kui catches the bus and initially is able to hang on to it using an umbrella, but is thrown off. He then manages to get in front of the bus and bring it to a halt by threatening to shoot the driver with his service revolver.

Ka-Kui is reprimanded by Superintendent Li for letting the operation get out of hand, but is subsequently presented to the media as a model police officer.

His 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. At first, Selina insists that she does not require protection, but after Ka Kui has a fellow policeman break into her apartment and pose as a knife-wielding murderer, she becomes more cooperative. After Ka-Kui and Selina leave her apartment later that evening, they are attacked by some street thugs, whom Ka-Kui is able to defeat with his martial arts skills, though the fight leaves Selina's car a wreck.

When Ka-Kui arrives at his apartment with Selina, who is only wearing lingerie, he is surprised by his girlfriend, May (Maggie Cheung) and her friends, who are throwing a birthday party for him. May, seeing the scantily-clad Selina, misunderstands and becomes angry with Ka-Kui, shoving the birthday cake into his face. Ka-Kui is later able to explain to May that Selina is a witness, but only after much bumbling and further misunderstanding.

Meanwhile, Selina has discovered that the attack by the man with knife at her apartment was a sham, and so she decides to not cooperate with Ka Kui. She sneaks away while Ka-Kui is sleeping and is not present for the crucial court date the following day. Though Chu Tao is released on bail, he wants revenge against Ka-Kui. Using a corrupt policeman, Inspector Man (Kam Hing Ying), Chu Tao is able to frame Ka-Kui for the murder of Inspector Man. Now a fugitive cop killer, Ka Kui must try to catch Chu Tao and clear his name.

The action comes to a head in a shopping mall, where Chu Tao has an office. After surviving a murder attempt by Chu Tao's men to ensure her silence, Selina goes to the office to download incriminating data from Chu Tao's computer system. Chu Tao notices that the data is being dumped, and he and his men head to the shopping mall to intervene. Ka-Kui, who's monitoring Chu Tao's activities, follows. In the ensuing fight, Ka-Kui defeats all of Chu Tao's henchmen. The briefcase containing the computer data falls to the ground floor of the mall, but Chu Tao retrieves it. Ka-Kui, at the top floor, leaps off a ledge and grabs a pole wrapped in lightbulbs. He rapidly slides down the pole, smashing through the bulbs, crashing through a glass ceiling, and finally reaching the floor, where he violently apprehends Chu Tao but is held back humorously by his two friends Tak and Kim to stop him from delivering one final kick to Chu Tao.

Police Story 2 (1988)

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)

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)

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)

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

Main article: Police Story 2013

A sixth film in the series, Police Story 2013 (a working title), has been filmed.[1][2][3][4]

Like New Police Story, it uses a dark and gritty approach unlike the first four films.

Reception

Police Story

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

Chan's second film in the series was an even bigger hit at the HK box office, pulling in This film grossed HK $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

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.

ReelViews wrote:

In the Washington Post, Richard Harrington said:

Police Story 4: First Strike

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 [1]

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

[2]

New Police Story

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.[5] 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

Police Story

  • 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

Police Story 3: Super Cop

Police Story 4: First Strike

  • 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

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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