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Police Story

Police Story

1985
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
Kevin Chan (aka Jackie) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug- lord... (imdb)
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Police Story

1985
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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Rated 31 Aug 2013
90
97th
Here's how I describe this movie to the uninitiated: At one point in the movie two cars have slammed into each other head-on. Jackie's girlfriend is in one of the cars being attacked, and Jackie is standing on the roof of the other car. So he dives feet first through the broken out windshield and kicks the guy attacking his girl. This is a single action from a ten minute sequence. Go watch this movie.
Rated 19 Dec 2017
90
92nd
This is what happens when someone takes a movie like the Godfather and replaces all of the plot and story with amazing stunt-work and slapstick.
Rated 19 Jan 2010
80
84th
If you manage to ignore the poorly conceived dialog and just watch the film it's a pure kinetic action feast. This movie was more or less a long stunt trailer for displaying what Jackie Chan is capable of. There is some wild stuff and you realize how incredible it is especially since there was no CGI at this time. The mall scenes are probably the greatest in any action movie ever and still hold up very well today. Highly recommended to see Jackie in his prime kicking ass.
Rated 04 Aug 2009
73
64th
Too slow for the most part, but the stunts are insane! Rarely have I seen so many people falling through so much glass. And the final pole-descent... madness.
Rated 08 Apr 2009
8
82nd
The dialogue of this movie sucks ass but it doesn't really matter because they literally destroy a small village in this. It is epic. Some of the stunts in this movie are insane. That entire bus scene gave me a boner just cause of its baddassness. Jackie Chan owns it.
Rated 28 Aug 2009
90
93rd
Everyone gets thrown through glass in this movie: Jackie, his girlfriend, the baddies, the head boss -- EVERYONE. Jackie and his stunt team are experts at delivering and selling punches, kicks, and throws; it's over-the-top but you can feel each strike, each fall, each collision as you watch. Imagination, creativity, comedy, and superb choreography make Police Story one of Jackie Chan's best. Reminds me how good action movies can be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
The BEST martial arts movie set in modern times, period. The stunts in this flick are amazing, you would never see them in a movie today: too dangerous.
Rated 13 Dec 2009
85
96th
Forget the plot, the stunts are totally amazing and Jackie Chan is at the height of his powers. One of the best action movies of the eighties.
Rated 28 Jul 2020
74
63rd
Very hard film to rate since the crazy action scenes are some of the best ever filmed but everything between them is long and mostly unengaging.
Rated 06 Dec 2014
77
65th
Ne'er before will you find yourself saying out loud, so many times, "Dude, I hope that guy's OK. That's a lot of fucking glass." But interwoven with the insanity of Chan's (and his team's) ass-kicking is the trademark physical comedy, which here is shockingly close to Buster. The girlfriend-apartment and alone-answering-phones gags are choice silent comedy, and work just as well with Jackie as they ever did then.
Rated 22 Oct 2018
65
62nd
Jackie Chan takes everything way over the top. It has many comical situations and an overload of silly humor. The music was quite dated. The most entertaining part was the hand to hand fighting. Chan takes a lot of falls and does a lot of crazy stunts. Nothing was convincing, but it's watchable and has a pathetic ending.
Rated 05 Feb 2023
75
53rd
I can't give this a higher score because this movie seems to be about bookends. The opening bit is awesome, insane action. The mall bit at the end is awesome, insane action. Truly inspired stuff, even today. But between the action set pieces, it's... okay. It's really impossible to care much about the characters or the plot because it doesn't do anything with it. And it's a pretty hefty portion of the meal, so I have to subtract points for that reason.
Rated 29 Jan 2022
77
62nd
With some stellar stunts and action sequences the first "Police Story" is not only a great HK action movie, but stands proud among 80's action movies in general. If you only ever watch one Chan movie from before he broke into the west, this one would make a pretty compelling case.
Rated 12 Aug 2016
75
75th
I used to strongly dislike Jacky Chan because I was only aware of his silly American comedies. This opened my eyes. He is truly the king of stunts and fight choreography. The story can be dull and the slapstick humor rather lame, but holy shit those action scenes are just insane! Everyone gets smashed through glass ALL THE TIME. I watched the mall scene three times in a row (which means 9 epic pole slides!).
Rated 06 Jun 2022
90
92nd
You know a film's stunts are great when the film decides to show one of them three times from different angles. This film answers the question, "what if Buster Keaton created his films in the 80s?"
Rated 08 May 2013
95
96th
Or, as I like to call it "OWWWW MY FUCKING HANDS! THOSE THINGS ARE MADE OUT OF GLASS! WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING?!?!": The Movie
Rated 24 Aug 2010
77
69th
Jackie Chan before he got all Americanized. This is one of the greatest martial arts films ever made.
Rated 06 Mar 2020
5
91st
This movie literally has everything you could ever want. Sheer slapstick, romantic comedy, cops-and-robbers scheming, fantastic chase scenes, a vibrant portrait of 80s Hong Kong, and of course: Jackie Chan at his very best, carrying off more incredible action set-pieces and death-defying stunts than anybody else has ever dreamed of.
Rated 22 Aug 2019
4
74th
The cops-and-crooks script is fluff, but we all know why we're here. This movie is so silly and so cool. What an immensely watchable combination of ingenuity and guts: the brains to design these set pieces, and the balls to execute them. Jackie Chan is a mad man, and it's often been repeated only because it's so true that he most closely resembles that maddest of all men, Buster Keaton.
Rated 02 Jul 2021
80
80th
Some of the action sequences and set pieces, especially the cars in the shanty town and the chase in the mall, were actually breathtaking. Why did I wait this long to start watching Jackie Chan movies?
Rated 21 Aug 2018
80
72nd
Mall pole
Rated 17 Apr 2020
80
60th
There is a stunt in this movie that is so jaw-dropping that Chan decides to give it to us from three separate angles, over and over again, for no reason other than to bask in its impeccably-executed (and literally death-defying!) glory. And he was perfectly right to do it.
Rated 25 Mar 2013
71
29th
An entertaining but very mixed experience. I wasn't a fan of the opening, an uninspired shootout with explosions and collateral damage that is brushed aside. After that it gets better, Chan is certainly a likeable actor and the film turns into a mix of broad comedy, crazy stunts and silly police plot. Nothing great but an entertaining enough hour. The ending has some great fight scenes, but returns to the wanton destruction of the opening. That rubs me the wrong way, but the action entertains.
Rated 08 Jan 2021
100
91st
Legendary Chinese Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong cop in this movie who manages to arrest a major drug boss. The drug lord blames Jackie for the murder of a cop. Now he has to try not to be arrested or murdered and make sure his girlfriend doesn't leave him.
Rated 10 Jan 2017
85
85th
Great example of Chan in his prime. One of his best. Not quite as goofy and fun as some of his collaborations with Sammo and Yuen Biao, but top notch fighting and stunts.
Rated 17 Jun 2014
85
85th
The glassiest finale you'll ever see. Video review: https://youtu.be/3AWy2aT5UZY
Rated 07 Jul 2019
80
78th
For people uninitiated to Jackie it's not the first movie I would recommend. You can't deny it's very close to action choreography perfection but everything else just didn't quite hit a level we would see in later films of his. That said while it does have some slow bits Chan's charm easily propels you through them before more ass kicking scenes and its well worth a watch.
Rated 24 Mar 2008
7
84th
Quintessential vintage Jackie Chan. Directed by the Chan man himself, it has the perfect blend of incredible fights, sensational stunts, and goofball comedy that made Jackie a legend. The bus chase, the leaping around in the mall, the final gauntlet of fights - pure awesome.
Rated 02 Feb 2019
50
29th
The stunts are crazy (i.e., both wild and insane), but the rest is way too silly.
Rated 10 Sep 2020
80
68th
This film lands at a bit of a crucial time for Chan. He has pretty much abandoned his multiple attempts to break into American screens and kicks off a truly amazing series of comedic action films. This one feels a little formative since, although he's both a veteran actor and director by this point, this film really solidifies what the Jackie Chan formula is going to be. I'd say the comedy and plot is weaker here than in future films, but the stunt work is superb.
Rated 27 Jul 2015
45
33rd
The spectacular high-speed fighting sequence at the very end features a department store as its setting, allowing for cool stuff like Chan using a clothes-rack for a weapon. Aside from that, I can't say I'm enthused about Chan switching from his humorous wuxia format to modern-set action comedies. Most of the movie, while fast paced, is really boring. Once in a while some stunts happen, but they hardly make up for the stale plot.
Rated 22 Jun 2022
80
90th
Legendary Hong Kong stunt film, will have you constantly yelling "WHOA!" and "WOW!" To hell with safety measures!
Rated 30 May 2015
9
89th
The plot and humor don't always hit the mark, but Jackie's indisputable charm wins through, as do his trademark death-defying stunts and renowned mall-based climax--one of the greatest action scenes ever.
Rated 23 Jun 2022
85
90th
Utterly nuts. A fantastic, cheesy blend of slapstick comedy and overblown action. The stunts are another level and the ridiculous soundtrack is the icing on the cake. Just too much that makes me smile. Loved it.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
80
81st
Great action, a lot of humour, and on top of that has argueably the best stunts in movie history. Jackie at his best.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
68
54th
Great stunts and action, but bad acting and corny lines.
Rated 09 Oct 2023
65
64th
*I watched the dubbed version.* You've gotta admire a man who kidnaps his boss at gun point and belittles his girlfriend (Maggie Cheung no less) for the greater good. But on a more serious note, Chan's gift for action and comedy is on full show here as he effortlessly shifts from beating a band of thugs with his fists and feet to pulling silly faces for the laughs. Make sure you watch the closing credits; now that's a committed cast and crew!
Rated 28 Nov 2020
63
67th
Oh hey this is where Michael Bay copied that shanty town car chase from.
Rated 07 Aug 2019
85
59th
Love to see a mall get destroyed.
Rated 19 Oct 2010
70
79th
Really the first epic modern Chan film. Stunning large scale stunts that still stick out as insane today.
Rated 13 Mar 2023
50
23rd
Without a doubt, the main - and arguably only - reason to watch "Ging chaat goo si" are the fight choreographies and in general the stunts, which are not only excellent but also occasionally downright insane. Other than that, the script is cliched, sketchy and not bereft of plot holes, and the humour often falls flat and is rather out of place. The dedication and expertise of the legendary Jackie Chan and his crew are certainly commendable but cannot result in a great film on their own.
Rated 01 Jul 2012
90
99th
The first film in the famous Police Story series up to five films now. It's the first but now the best that would be #2, not the most dramatic that goes to #4, not even the most light hearted, yup #3, but man oh man is it ever entertaining. Great stunts, decent comedy and some nice police procedurals.
Rated 06 Jun 2012
90
95th
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Rated 16 Dec 2013
66
53rd
The most serious Chan film I've ever seen!
Rated 06 Sep 2010
54
71st
#90s(e)#, J Chan!
Rated 10 Oct 2009
90
90th
This is quite possibly Jackie Chan's finest hour. The stunts and action in this film are among the finest I've ever witnessed, and there's enough plot and humor backing them up to provide a well-rounded action experience.
Rated 25 Oct 2022
85
75th
Perfectly funny and silly. The story and dialogue are nonsense, but as an excuse for ridiculous elaborate comedic and dangerous set pieces it is unparalleled. It is mind-blowing that Chan and his team put themselves through so much purely for the love of entertainment.
Rated 16 May 2020
95
80th
Oh shit!
Rated 20 Oct 2008
95
92nd
This is Jackie Chan at the top of his game! The stunt work in this film is beyond extraordinary, the situations Jackie and his crew put themselves in immediately draws the audience into suspense that you look at some of the crazy stunts in this film and wonder "No I just didn't see that shit!" Some of the action scenes in this film have been "borrowed" by Hollywood films, the car chase down the shanty village was used in Bad Boys II (Jackie had a station wagon while Martin & Will had a Hummer, s
Rated 30 Jul 2023
66
48th
66 where"66" indicates OK, but... As many have mentioned the stunts are top grade and when you realise "no CGI here" they are one of a kind and possibly will never be equalled or bettered. It is a shame then that the plot falls away badly with some truly inane dialogue, this is a definite watch but for the stuntwork not for the overall movie. Mr Chan is a one man phenomenon and these late HK productions are his best work. His "Project A" is way better as an example IMO.
Rated 30 Nov 2021
40
20th
It's like an 80's anime OVA in live-action - cheesiness included. Stay for the action (and also the end credits!), not the story.
Rated 23 Jun 2021
74
76th
This movie has: a stunt so nice they showed it thrice, a dance scene based around wiping shit off jackie's shoe, eating ramen with pencils, and a bunch of the coolest action scenes ever filmed.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
50
26th
A tableaux of incidents which are engineered to display unique talents in corny humour and expert stunt choreography. The story is a bullshit mess, but when you get to a big fight scene, everything is awe-inspiring, and begs to be witnessed.
Rated 04 Mar 2022
80
45th
Really fun movie with Jackie doing what he does best: kicking ass while being really innovative and funny. I doubt many of these stunts would fly now and this is probably a good thing tbh. But at the same time I definitely appreciate everyone's efforts in this and it's dedication to feeling "real" in it's combat.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
95th
The execution of this police thriller more than compensates for its formula plot. Jackie Chan's first Police Story film doesn't impress with its story or acting, but the action, stunts and comedy all combine for one of the best Hong Kong Cinema'"or any cinema'"experiences around.
Rated 14 Apr 2007
90
86th
Wow, a big star whose directing efforts actually work occasionally. This is a very well-done movie with lots of exciting fight scenes (and of course it's really Jackie you see doing them) and welcome bits of humor. Even the speeches work
Rated 26 Feb 2023
65
36th
The year is 1985, and police are physically tearing apart entire communities in the War on Drugs. Obviously great when it's being an action movie, less so when it's a romantic comedy and even less so when it's a courtroom drama.
Rated 17 Dec 2009
64
56th
Good fights and GREAT stunts, but the plot is the same plot that 90% of 80's cop movies had, and other elements of the film are also fairly predictable.
Rated 11 Sep 2017
18
94th
9/8
Rated 29 Aug 2023
95
86th
The opening is insane, the finale is insane, the in-between has some great comedic bits. One of Chan's best movies, with him expertly channeling Buster Keaton while also offering up his own spin on things.
Rated 14 Feb 2022
50
23rd
Lots of time dedicated to mostly unfunny 'comedy' bits and the main character is like police malpractice in a person and seriously unlikeable. Very little action although the bus-chase and the first kung fu fight were cool. The case for the defence in the courtroom case was quite good too.
Rated 02 Mar 2011
53
26th
I pity the glass to ever appear in this movie - The end is nigh! Besides from that whole fetish level of glass destruction there are some neat stunts (scaring insurance agents, no doubt) outweighing the cheesy slapstick humor.. It also manages to embrace and poke fun at classic Police-film clichés in a charming way, but the movie ultimately feels too long even at a bare 90 minutes.. Recommended for children not yet ready to watch Woo's bloodshed, but having outgrown TMNT's pizza crave (ages 6-9)
Rated 28 Jun 2021
70
66th
Pure adrenaline rush filled to the brim with terrific and authentic only a Jackie Chan movie could pull off. Comedic relief between the action pieces is funny enough with great support from Brigette Lin. Everything else fades against the unadulterated physical charisma that Chan and team delivers with an action choreography that never ceases to blow you away.
Rated 30 Apr 2018
70
35th
Stunt work is 11/10 but the comedy is hit or miss for me.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
80
64th
79.500
Rated 27 Feb 2011
75
69th
A collection of good comedy and awesome action scenes.
Rated 31 Jan 2022
55
21st
There’s about half an hour of excellent action in there , the rest consists of bad and at times really bad comedy, random skits and bad drama.
Rated 26 Aug 2007
90
90th
YES
Rated 01 Aug 2009
79
82nd
In so many ways actually not a great film. But this film is not about plot, dialogue or meanings. It's about martial arts and fucking ori-mental stunts! in that respect it's just incredible. Chan's best next to
Rated 03 Nov 2012
65
38th
Jake Chan does screwball comedy quite well - who knew.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
50
35th
One of Jackie Chans best with some extraordinary action sequences.
Rated 30 Aug 2019
75
65th
Amazing stunt work, but what even is going on in this film? Bonkers and wonderful.
Rated 01 Jan 2018
70
57th
Michelle Yeoh'un Oscar kazanması ile tekrar izlediğim eğlenceli JC filmi :)
Rated 18 May 2013
76
56th
If you are a fan of Jackie Chan then this movie is a must see. There are a lot of spectacular stunts in this movie. Chan does so many great action scenes and stunts in this movie. There is also plenty of humor in this movie to keep you entertained. I watched the dubbed version which has a lot of cheesy dialogue.
Rated 05 Jan 2022
75
49th
A little more serious than the previous classic Jackie Chan movies that I watched, and all the better for it.
Rated 23 Feb 2008
3
61st
It is a Jackie Chan movie.
Rated 13 Feb 2011
82
92nd
Nice Movie
Rated 21 Jun 2018
87
85th
A perfect showcase of Chan's unbelievable choreography. Amazing martial arts, stunts, comedy, and the best mall destruction scene since The Blues Brothers!
Rated 11 Apr 2023
25
2nd
May might be the most annoying character in cinematic history.
Rated 11 Aug 2021
82
76th
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Rated 22 Feb 2019
45
32nd
How can you write this kind of a movie? Seriously asking
Rated 07 Dec 2011
95
90th
I think this is just about as perfect as they come for action movies, and that's due to the variety of action onscreen, from car chases, to slapstick, shootouts, dangerous and painful stuntwork, and frenetic fight scenes. And all the while, there's an engaging cops and criminals plot filled with setups and twists, along with a cast that while not having the most fleshed out of characters, still puts effort into making them feel real and with a level of autonomy. The comedy is mixed in well too.
Rated 12 Sep 2018
81
77th
Jackie's movies have a distinct musical rhytm to his action scenes. Jackie is quoted saying : "they audience doesn't notice it, until it isn't there". In films like Police story the editor will hold on action long enough the notice the rhytm and changes in it. This combined with his trademark physical comedy makes Jackie the best at what he does : combining action and comedy.
Rated 23 Jul 2023
6
40th
Astounding feats of action stunts and fights, but you have to wait for them.
Rated 02 Mar 2023
85
85th
Vintage Jackie Chan and vintage 80s action--I'm here for it. Like the best of Chan, it perfectly melds slapstick comedy with awesome choreography and death-defying, borderline suicidal stuntwork by Chan in the way that only he can. One of my favorite Chan movies to date. The dialogue and plot are not anything special, but it works on so many levels that that hardly matters. Highly recommended.
Rated 11 Apr 2010
70
35th
Amusing, a complete waste of Maggie Cheung though.
Rated 20 Oct 2015
51
63rd
Watch for the action. Not the comedy. But really, amazing action.
Rated 12 Jun 2021
95
97th
The most important film of Jackie Chan's filmography
Rated 27 Jan 2023
9
83rd
I just love Jackie Chan alright?
Rated 07 Feb 2007
78
73rd
Just incredible stunts, all of which you can see going wrong in the credits
Rated 30 Nov 2019
72
68th
Certainly some of it's humor hasn't aged great (there's an eye-raising addition of a rape joke to an otherwise funny sequence), but the action and stunts are still just mind-blowing. I basically raised this five points just because of the "motorcycle through glass panes" stunt. Least surprising thing ever is the end-credits image of a stunt man looking like he's on the brink of death.
Rated 12 Sep 2009
4
38th
The stunts and fight scenes are incredible but the rest of the movie is awful.
Rated 04 Apr 2013
55
50th
This is a good showcase for Jackie Chan's talents (he even directed this himself): great action scenes and stunts plus the goofy humor which is usually the worst part of any HK film, is pretty tolerable here. I still prefer the raw energy of old school Bruce Lee films but this is one of Chan's best and a good introduction for newcomers.
Rated 16 Mar 2023
70
70th
Peak Jackie.
Rated 05 Jan 2010
8
85th
Stunts, stunts, and more stunts.
Rated 08 Aug 2019
80
73rd
So. Much. Glass. Jackie Chan channels his inner Buster Keaton in his typical dopey-stunt-extravaganza.

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