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Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (1985)

  Directed by: Jackie Chan
Written by: Edward Tang
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Bill Tung
Links: Police Story on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 10.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (1985) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Flying Dagger (1993), timchuma's review of Police Story 2 (1988), timchuma's review of Police Story 3 (1992), timchuma's review of Project S (1993) and timchuma's review of Yes, Madam (1985).

"The original and still the best" - a review by timchuma

As I've seen this movie at least half a dozen times on the big screen, TV, and DVD (I bought the remastered DVD set recently), I'll just go through why I still like this movie the most out of all the Police Story movies.

What I like most about this movie is that it shows how you can get something good out of a bad experience. In this case it was Jackie Chan's experience on the movie The Protector (1985) that inspired him to make a police movie the way he wanted to make it. He also borrowed the idea of showing the outtakes over the credits, which is one of the things that made his movies so famous.

Another thing you can do with this movie is see where some more recent action movies got inspiration for some of their stunts. Everyone would know about the truck sequence in Tango & Cash (1989) being taken from this movie, but I have also heard that the more recent Bad Boys II (2003) has a sequence resembling the first scene.

My favourite thing about this movie are the characters involved. It is really fun seeing how young and cute Maggie Cheung looks. Even though she is mostly around for comic relief it makes a big difference to the movie.

Also good to see was Jackie Chan's top stuntman Mars in a bigger role. He is actually Jackie's double in a lot of movies, but is modest about it.

Rounding out the supporting characters is Bill Tung, who plays Jackie's superior in the movie. He is in all of the Police Story movies, and has some funny lines himself, even though he mainly plays a desk role.

There have already been thousands of words written about the action scenes in this movie, so I don't really have anything to add. My favourite is when Jackie runs down the concrete slope from the Peak (which he actually used to do when he was a kid). I may have to try that if I ever go to Hong Kong.

timchuma gives this movie 10 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 29 Mar 2005

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  1. This is a very good review...FOR ME TO POOP ON! (just getting in early!)

    A comment from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Wed 30 Mar 2005 00:01 #

  2. im sorry but ill have to second that. Once again, SHIT FROM TIM!!!!!

    A comment from ge..up. on Wed 30 Mar 2005 21:54 #

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