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Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor, Director) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor) | Leonard Ho (Producer)
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Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)

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It all begins here! Director-star Jackie Chan's celebrated Police Story series began with this classic action comedy, which features the inimitable Jackie Chan charm and some of the most spectacular action sequences ever put to film. Jackie Chan is cop Chan Ka Kui, who's assigned to guard beautiful witness Selina (Brigitte Lin), the girlfriend of evil drug kingpin Chor Yuen. Selina's presence causes some friction between Chan and his petulant girlfriend May (international star Maggie Cheung), but when the bad guys come-a-calling, all that gets left behind. Glass breaks, bones crunch, and anything and everything becomes a weapon in Police Story!

A seminal film even in Jackie Chan's incredibly action-packed filmography, Police Story redefined action films with its undeniably creative and exquisitely choreographed mayhem. Unbelievable stunts and breathtaking set-pieces set the tone in this award-winning film, which earned a Best Picture award at the 5th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Action to watch for includes an amazing car chase through a hillside shantytown, a stunt-filled chase with Jackie Chan hanging onto a bus with only an umbrella, and a simply mind-blowing finale in a shopping center, which could qualify as a world record for collateral damage via punches, kicks, or people simply falling through glass. All the above, plus Jackie Chan's generous comic persona, are present and accounted for in Police Story!

Comes with outtakes and photo gallery.

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Product Title: Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 警察故事 (1985) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 警察故事 (1985) (Blu-ray) (香港版) ポリス・ストーリー 香港国際警察 (警察故事) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) (Actor) | 林青霞 (ブリジット・リン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | 장만옥 (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor)
Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍 성룡
Producer: Leonard Ho 何冠昌 何冠昌 何冠昌 (レナード・ホー) Ho Koon Cheung
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2009-09-14
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Thai
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 6.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021189313

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Director : Jacky Chan
Producer : Leonard Ho

Chan plays a honest, self-effacing cop Chan Ka-Kui assigned to protect Salina, whose key testimony could bring down drug baron Chu. However, the witness manages to get away from Ka-Kui. With no evidence against him, Chu is set free. Chu goes on a vendetta to frame Ka-Kui for a murder. Ka-Kui goes on the run and, with time running out, must quickly find and save Salina from being killed, as well as prove his own innocence.

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Professional Review of "Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 16, 2006

This professional review refers to Police Story (Taiwan version)
Directing, producing, choreographing, and starring in his first modern day martial arts movie, Jackie Chan claims Police Story as his favorite movie. Watching it today, and seeing the commitment of Jackie Chan and Co. to make the action movie to end all action movies, it's easy to admire, and impossible not to like.

Starting with the bust of a drug kingpin gone awry the first scene features a shocking demolition derby through a shanty town (a one-take stunt filmed by no fewer than ten cameras), and winds up with Jackie facing off a double decker bus that squeals to a halt mere inches from his feet, sending a gaggle of stuntmen crashing out its second deck windows and smashing to the street. Supposedly they were going to land on the car behind Jackie using its steel roof to cushion their fall (?!), however things didn't go as planned, and Jackie wound up picking up their hospital bills.

The rest of the movie involves Jackie protecting key witness, Brigitte Lin, from the guns and knives of her ex-boss, Chee, whom he's out to bring down. Complications ensue, Jackie gets framed for murder and the stage is set for a final showdown. Hunted by the police and Chee's henchmen, with Maggie Cheung the only person who believes in him, Jackie finally confronts Chee in a multi-storied shopping mall and it's here that Police Story earns its other title, Glass Story.

Stuntmen hate glass, and candy glass always looks fake (it's the kind that shatters into a thousand pieces on impact), so Jackie Chan set his final fight in a glass-filled department store and ordered up a batch of his own specialty stunt glass, halfway between real and fake (it breaks, painfully, into long shards when struck). Stuntmen bounce down metal-edged escalators face-first, they fall two and three stories at a time, landing on wooden shopping stalls. Faces, mostly Jackie's, go through glass display cases, and knees and elbows bounce off the marble floor with bone-cracking force. But the final stunt is saved for Jackie: a six-storey slide down a pole strung with lights. An incompetent electrician forgot to rewire the bulbs, and as a result the full-wattage lights peeled almost all the skin off Chan's hands. But he got the shot.

This was Chan's first film set in the "real" world, an answer to sub-par American cop movie The Protector which Chan had recently suffered through, and it explodes onscreen with a kinetic force rarely seen since. Chan's onscreen fight scenes have become more complex and more choreographed, but few approach the brutality of those in Police Story.

by Grady Hendrix (USA)

October 28, 2005

This professional review refers to Police Story (Collector's Edition) (Australia Version)
Police Story moved martial arts into the present, a seemingly obvious idea that no one heretofore had brought off with the panache of Jackie Chan. Directing, producing, choreographing, and starring, once again, Jackie claims it's his favorite movie, and even with its stunts and fight scenes copied in Tango and Cash and Brandon Lee's Rapid Fire it's as fresh today as it was in 1985.

The opening scene sets the stage. It starts out as a conventional police flick before moving into a well-choreographed but standard-issue shoot-out, then seamlessly sequeing into an "I can't believe this" car chase THROUGH a shanty town, and just when it seems to be slowing down it speeds up again leaving Jackie dangling from a double decker bus by an umbrella and sending the audiences' collective hearts pounding and adrenalin roaring in their ears. It's like walking into a burger joint and being accidentally served a ten course meal for $1.95. You can't believe your good luck.

The plot the stunts are hung from is the standard issue "protect the key witness from a nefarious drug lord sporting a giant, clunky mobile phone" one, but brought off with comic inspiration popping out all over. Old jokes and punchlines are given a new spin, worn-out situations are given a fresh angle, stale character types are played with the same commitment the Royal Shakespeare Company gives MacBeth, and the result is a movie that you think you know, but you'd never expect.

Looking back on Jackie Chan's body of work in the 80's and early 90's it's hard to like one of his movies more than the others - for fans of action or fans of comedy every single film offers setpiece after setpiece bound to leave you gasping on the floor like a landed fish. Police Story provides plenty of comedy, but wait for the ending, unique in its intensity as a cornered Chan finally fights back. He slices through the opposition like a runaway truck, and becomes frightening in his ferocity.

Brigitte Lin turns in a rare comic performance as the witness to be protected and Maggie Cheung is perfect as the girlfriend who stands on the sidelines and occasionally gets hurt. Jackie's stunt team is in full effect, and watching this movie today it's easy to understand the sea change it started in the Western recognition of Hong Kong Films when it screened at the 1985 New York Film Festival. A truly ground-breaking, and bone-breaking, motion picture.

by Grady Hendrix (USA)

Editor's Pick of "Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

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September 22, 2009

Trust him, he's a cop
Jackie Chan stars, directs, and even sings the theme song "Story of a Hero" for the full-throttle action extravaganza Police Story, which also doesn't fall short on humor-injected scenes.

Chan plays Chan Ka Kui, a passionate police officer who, in spite of his indulgent lifestyle, is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that law and order are maintained. Chan soon turns into a thorn in the side of drug trafficking mastermind Chu (Chor Yuen) who vows to get rid of the ambitious cop for good.

With swift pace and action to match, Police Story presents itself as an exemplary genre work, starting with the opening chase scene that sees Jackie dangling at the side of a double-decker bus with an umbrella. Often taking down more than one opponent with his well-timed martial arts acrobatics, Chan also sprinkles a good amount of comic relief scenes into his movie. Among these is a spoof on the Halloween series with a not-so-successful knife-wielding wannabe killer who gets a taste of female violence. Equally humorous is the scene in which Jackie single-handedly answers multiple incoming calls at a police headquarters manned only by him, and his following hilarious demonstration of why it's better not to eat cup noodles with a pair of pencils.

In the bleaker second part of the movie, the comic interludes give way to an adrenaline-filled climax in which Chan goes on a one-man vengeance journey after being framed. The action level remains high at all times with non-stop action scenes that also see super agile Jackie make effective use of perhaps one of the most unusual weapons in film history, a clothes rack. One of the most spectacular scenes is no doubt the one in which Jackie daringly jumps from the higher level of a department store to an escalator below in his attempt to hunt down one of the film's major criminals. Also featuring Maggie Cheung in a supporting role as Chan's girlfriend May and Brigitte Lin as secretary in distress Selina, Police Story adds up to a grandiose action ride for the ages.
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Customer Review of "Police Story (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)

jasmine
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July 17, 2009

This customer review refers to Police Story (VCD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Jackie on Fire! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've got this dvd years ago and wondered why I never put in a review, silly me.

It's a brainstorm idea from Jackie (at his prime) to make an unforgettable movie. Unforgettable it is with never repeated eye-popping stunts. Playing Chan Kar Kui, an honest, hardworking-never-say-die, eager- to- please cop supported by his second-in-command superior and friend, Bill Tung. Mars plays his buddy cop-friend.

Basically movie started off with police crackdown on a drug dealing in a shanty town gone wrong through an unintentional cockup. This shanty town was actually built as a set to accomodate the wicked car chase and Jackie actually ran down that almost 45degree slope in his pursuit of the crooks followed by that umbrella and bus stunt! Because of the screwup and partly because Chu (the drug lord) tried to bribe Jackie, they made frontpage news. To boost the police image, Jackie was made pin-up boy and model police officer. The drug lord was kept in remand awaiting conviction for drug dealing & bribery while Bill & company try to convince Selina (drug lord's secretary) to turn witness for the prosecution. Bill & Jackie hatched an idea to get Mars to 'kill off' Selina so she would think it's the drug boss trying to silence her. Scared, she agreed but the plan backfired with hilarious result on court day. Maggie Cheung plays Jackie's girlfriend who finds herself playing second fiddle to his assignments. Second screwup and Jackie got transferred to a village outpost in Northern Territories.

Selina (played by Brigitte Lin) was eventually kidnapped as bait and Jackie framed for killing a crooked cop while rescuing her. Jackie turned into Dirty Harry to clear his name and Selina turned witness for the prosecution by gathering evidence for Jackie. The finale came into fore with plenty of dangerous stunts in the shopping centre where candy glass fixtures were shattered, chaps got thrown off escalators and who can forget Jackie's one-off death defying jump from the railings onto the spiraling light display spanning 4-level high to end up hitting a glass fixture on the ground floor??? He was actually injured in this stunt. Everyone was happy, crooks were caught, Jackie cleared his name and ..........until PS2.

You gotta have this to keep up the trilogy. One of Jackie's best!!
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Tanzhang
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June 21, 2008

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Police Story. Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
One of the Four Great Classics of Jackie Chan: Greatest Contemporary Jackie Chan Film Not also starring Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

A Royal Hong Kong police officer assigned to Operation Boar Hunt, Chan Ka Kui (Kevin Chan in some other versions) is assigned to keep watch over a Prominent HK Drug Lord, Chu Tu (Legendary director Chor Yuen) while he makes a drug deal in a shanty town somewhere in Hong Kong's New Territories.

Him and his fellow police officer Kim (Stuntman turned actor, Mars) keep surveillance over his secretary, Salina Fong (Brigitte Lin) however she sees them and tells Chu Tu. The Triads escape out of the town and hijack a Double Decker Bus with Ka Kui not far behind, running after the bus with an Umbrella. He is eventually able to capture the Triads and bring them into police custody, Salina is released, as she would be a vital witness to help prosecute the Triads. Ka Kui is put in charge of protecting her...

First of all I would like to say I love this movie. Rare for this kind of movie, Jackie does turn in a fine dramatic performance at one point in the film, where he is framed for killing a crooked cop, while the other performances are not the greatest ever, they are still good, especially for a HK action film. Special Credit goes to Lau Chi-Wing, who plays Chu Tu’s Lawyer, horseracing commentator Bill Tung-biu (Uncle Bill) and Kwok-Hung-Lam (Inspector Raymond Chou) for fine Comedic performances.

Enough on the performances, the action is what you would expect from a Jackie Chan film and Action is what Police story Delivers! Each action scene is memorable and a standout, as usual, I won't go into detail here, so go see the movie for yourself!
In short, Highly Recommended for anyone who likes action and a must-see for every Jackie Chan Fan!
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LX Skye
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March 2, 2005

This customer review refers to Police Story
God Bless Jackie Chan! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Enough folks have already commented on the extraordinary stunts in this movie. It is a 'must have', if youre a Jackie Chan fan. My only slightly negative comment about this version, is that the sound is a bit off sync. Something that others may not notice, but something that kinda irks me.
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Anonymous

February 23, 2004

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He is having a bad day Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Jackie Chan starts the Police Story series with this excellent take on the police dept. in Hong Kong in the mid 80's. To take the film at it's basic form just watch the opening five minutes of the film. Through no fault of their own the police dept. reduce a shanty town in Hong Kong( looks like the New Territories but i could be wrong ) to complete rubble. But to take it like that would be to rob Jackie of the solid work he put in to the film. Crime boss Chu thinks Ka Kui(Jackie) will be a good little cop and roll over like the rest. Wrong-o! Jackie takes him and saves the operation from being a total wash out. He then becomes the poster boy for the H.K. police. When he is given the unenviable task of minding Selina Wong(Brigette Lin), Chu's secratary or girlfriend depending in which version you have, he gets more than he bargined for. Within the space for twenty minutes he cheeses off his girlfriend May(Maggie Cheung) and gives Selina the chance to foul the court case against Chu up for the police. Of course Chu gets off scott free. Chu then sets about to destroy Ka Kui's life. Disgraced and dishonoured Ka Kui comes to relise that Selina is the key to saving the case. However Selina is Chu's pet and won't help Ka Kui in any way. Chu however is nervous that Ka Kui with Selina put it all together and decides that Selina needs to be out of the picture. He tries to set Ka Kui as the fall guy for Selina's murder by getting one of Ka Kui's police buddies to betray him. It backfires, Selina surviving and his buddy being murdered instead. Backed against a wall with Chu on one side and the police on the other Ka Kui with the help of Selina, May, his commanding officer and division chief sets out to gather the evidence he needs and to save his life, his career, Selina and May's lives, the department's reputation and the lives of all the innocent by-standers of H.K. from Chu and his thugs. Wheeuuuuooo! Yeah, impossible right! Not for Jackie Chan. Excellent acting from the whole cast and brillant directing from Chan Kong Sang this is the film that took police drama/thrillers/comedies to a whole new level and changed Jackie's career for the better. Never bettered, never equalled if you watch this film and think you saw scenes and stunts in this in other Hollywood film it's because THEY RIPPED IT FROM JACKIE! Picture wise the film good with a few minor scratches on the print. It's not true anamorphic widescreen just letterboxed but it won't detract from your enjoyment of the film. Chinese and Mandarin language and Chinese,Mandarin and English subtitles recorded in Dolby Surround. Coola buula!
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