Come on out for a special presentation of the classic martial arts duology Police Story at The Frida Cinema!
Jackie Chan’s unique blend of martial arts and slapstick finally hit American screens in 1985 with the first Police Story, a cop movie built off Chan’s years of success in Hong Kong cinema. Jackie Chan stars as Ka-Kui, a dutiful Hong Kong police inspector on the hunt for Chu Tao (Yuen Chor) after a failed raid lets him slip away. Things take a turn for the worse when he is framed for murder after Tao’s secretary Selina Fong (Brigitte Lin) gets captured before she can testify in court. In order to clear his name, he takes on Taos’s crime syndicate head first in a spectacular finale that lays waste to an entire shopping mall.
When Police Story 2 picks up, Ka-Kui has become disillusioned with the police force after being demoted to traffic cop after the carnage of the first movie, and seeing the criminal he captured going free. He is about to walk away when he stumbles into a terrorist plot to bomb crowded parts of the city and is pulled back into the police force. Things go haywire when Ka-Kui ends up becoming a human bomb to deliver the terrorists ransom, before it all heats up in a truly explosive finale.
Police Story was the first of Jackie Chan’s movies that captured the attention of American audiences, showcasing Chan’s ability to pull off jaw dropping stunts like rappelling off the side of a moving bus, kicking a man through a windshield, or turning a playground into a lethal battle ground. Don’t miss your chance to catch these Hong Kong classics on the big screen!
“It’s the joy of watching Chan, a Buster Keaton of kickboxing, hurling himself into every stunt with total commitment, astounding athleticism and oddly unflappable, shaggy-haired grace.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“[Chan’s] impeccable sense for how to stage a sequence extends to simple conversations, and the films are built around what’s possible in terms of action rather than filling in action to support the plot.” — Karen Han, Polygon
“One of the great 1980s action films. It’s also one of the most 1980s action films.” — Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“Once again, it’s an unadulterated pleasure to watch Chan and his stunt team at work, jumping, contorting, and throwing the human form around in ways that simply don’t seem possible.” — Christopher Machell – CineVue
“Judged on its own merits, it outstrips just about every other action movie of the past fifteen years.” — Film4
“Chan is the heart and brain of the Police Story films, and the lengths he goes to in order to impress and entertain extend beyond what we see on screen.” — Karen Han, Polygon