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Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (1988)

  Directed by: Jackie Chan
Written by: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung
Links: Police Story 2 on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (1988) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Police Story 3 (1992).

"Papa! Papa! *BANG*" - a review by timchuma

I re-watched this movie recently in remastered form, so I thought I would go over some of things I liked about it. As with Police Story (1985), this movie has been written about many times, so I won't be detailing the plot.

As with the first movie, I liked seeing a much younger Maggie Cheung playing Jackie Chan's girlfriend. In this movie, she gets to show a wider range of emotion than just yelling at him and acting comically. My favourite scene is when she pursues the hapless Jackie through the police station and ends up yelling at him in the men's showers while he cowers in a cubicle (she climbs on top of the toilet that Bill Tung is sitting on at the time).

Even though many of the action scenes in this movie feature big explosions, my favourite is the playground fight sequence. I particularly like how the bad guys slide down the slide to start the fight, and how the other playground equipment gets a good workout. If you have seen the clip of Jackie running down the alleyway from a 4WD, this is the movie it came from. Maggie Cheung gets to do some stunts in this movie also which is good to see.

A couple of problems I have with this movie are that the bad guys aren't really that interesting, and the plot of blowing things up is a bit hard to take these days.

The version I saw on DVD didn't have subtitles for the deaf / mute's sign language, for some reason (the only version I have seen that does is the original print). It's a small thing, but probably would be important to collectors.

For the best value, I recommend buying this movie as part of the remastered DVD box set, if you can get your hands on it. Failing that, you may be able to find a cheap copy on VHS if you still have a working video player.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 30 Mar 2005

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