Jackie Chan is back in the sequel to the 1985 worldwide smash, Police Story. Once again he’s back behind the camera on directing duties and co-writing with Paul B. Clay and Edward Tang (“Police Story”, “Armour of God”), as well as starring, obviously.
His bosses 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”), aren’t happy with him after his actions in Police Story and he gets put on motorcycle duty, handing out tickets and directing traffic.
It’s whilst directing traffic that he is greeted by Chu Tao, Yuen Chor (“Police Story 2”, “Miracles: The Canton Godfather”), who has been released from prison after being given only a few months to live by doctors, and his right hand man John Ko, Charlie Cho (“Police Story”, “The Ghost Snatchers”).
The gang are following his girlfriend May, Maggie Cheung (“Police Story”, “Hero”), and threatening her, so Chan decides to settle the score, and beat John up again, and his cronies. Once again, fans of Jackie Chan will be wincing as we spot the various injuries he sustains during the fights. Chan resigns for bringing disgrace to the force (again).
Whilst in a shopping mall with his girlfriend, some on duty officers approach him saying there’s been a bomb threat called in. Chan evacuates, much to the chagrin of everyone in the store, but it turns out to be true. The bomber threatens to set over other bombs if the owners of the malls don’t pay a huge ransom.
Despite having quit and partly on his way to Bali for a holiday with May, the chief and inspector drag him off the plane and convince him to come back and take the case. Chan assembles his crew and they track the bombers down, but they can get them before more bombs are detonated?
The transfer from this 1988 movie is well done, once again the colours pop. As with the first Police Story the quality isn’t up to the most modern standards but it’s a great improvement on the original.
Whether you feel this is up to the quality of the first Police Story, or better, or much worse, is all personal preference. I don’t think it’s as good as the first but it has some fantastic fight scenes and great tension with the bombers thrown into the mix and of course the epic final fight with Keung-Kuen Lai (better known as Benny Lai) as a deaf mute.
The bonus features on this disc are: commentary with Frank Djeng and F.J. DeSanto or commentary with Mike Leeder and Arne Venema. The original Hong Kong theatrical cut of the movie, the export cut, outtakes, trailers, an interview with Benny Lai and “Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show: Jackie Chan”, which is Jonathan Ross talking to Jackie Chan and his manager Willie Chan amongst others.
THE QUICK SELL
The Hong Kong supercop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers, while the villains of Police Story (1985) are out for revenge.