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Police Story (1985) (Ging Chaat Goo Si) 4k UHD Review

Jackie Chan Never Looked So Good

16th October 2022

Regular readers will know I am a big fan of Jackie Chan. I spent my formative years watching his movies, mesmerised by the frenetic energy, the comedy, the stunts and the man himself. It was like nothing I’d ever seen and I loved it.

Police Story was far from Jackie Chan’s breakout movie, he’d been prolific from the start and this was just one of many, even coming behind the Cannonball Run appearances, Winners & Sinners, Project A and the legendary Drunken Master.

Arguably though, it was Police Story that made Chan a star with those less familiar with his work up to ‘85. It was dubbed, badly, as all movies were in the eighties, particularly the ones that came out of the Far East, but it enabled those with an aversion to watching movies with subtitles (don’t get me started on that) to see the great man in action.

The movie itself sees Chan play police officer Chan Ka Kui and we kick things off with a major operation being set up by chief Raymond Li, Kwok-Hung Lam (“Police Story 2”, “Project A Part II“), and Inspector Bill Wong, Bill Tung (“Rumble in the Bronx”, “Police Story 3: Supercop”).

They are after bringing down a major drug lord Chu Tao, Yuen Chor (“Police Story 2”, “Miracles: The Canton Godfather”). The place is a shanty town on the side of a hill, a shootout ensues and our first, major, set piece as Chan follows the bad-guys straight through the shanty town to get to the bottom of the hill, fastest way at least.

The bad guys jump on a bus with Chan following, hooking an umbrella onto the window as it speeds its way along the road, him hanging on for his life.

This is one of many set pieces and fight scenes we get throughout the one hour 40 minute run time. It all culminates in the ‘end of level’ bad guy fight that takes place in a shopping centre. Jackie Chan fans will wince as we see the many accidents that occur in the many stunts that take place, such as him burning most of the skin of his hands when he leaps onto a metal pole to slide through some lights to the ground.

What set Police Story apart from the vast majority of movies of the decade, including those that came out of the Hollywood machine, was not just that Chan performed all of his own stunts, not just that he wrote and directed the movie and not just that none of the fight scenes were sped up and jaw dropping, it was that there was an actual story involved, not just mindless action.

Chan is framed for the murder of a dirty cop by Tao and his goons and must clear his name, calling on the help of his girlfriend Selina Fong, Brigitte Lin (“True Colors”, Red Dust”), whilst also relying on May, Maggie Cheung (“Hero”, “Police Story 3: Supercop”), a woman who works for Tao.

As for this Eureka release, you get an impeccable 4k transfer, particularly given the era the movie is from. The colours pop and zing, to me, used to watching Jackie Chan movies on VHS, it seems weird, but it’s great on a 4k TV.

As for extras on the disc you can have commentary by either Frank Djeng and F.J. DeSanto or Mike Leeder and Arne Venema. There’s the export cut of the movie, some alternate and extended scenes, a disappointing Jackie Chan Stunts Promo (which is like a PowerPoint presentation), an interview with Jackie Chan and three trailers (original, export and 4k restored).

DETAILS

    

DIRECTED BY
Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

WRITTEN BY
Jackie Chan, Edward Tang

Running Time:
1h 39m

THE QUICK SELL
A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

CAST & CREW
Bill Tung, Brigitte Lin, Charlie Cho, Chi-Hwa Chen, Edward Tang, Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Yuen Chor

DETAILS

    

DIRECTED BY
Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

WRITTEN BY
Jackie Chan, Edward Tang

Running Time:
1h 39m

THE QUICK SELL
A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

CAST & CREW
Bill Tung, Brigitte Lin, Charlie Cho, Chi-Hwa Chen, Edward Tang, Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Yuen Chor

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