Stunt master Jackie Chan directs and stars in Police Story, the Hong Kong action classic that took Asia by storm and catapulted him to international stardom.
A smash hit that spawned a long-running film franchise, the movie follows Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector. Determined to bring a drug kingpin down, he goes rogue to protect the case’s star witness (Chinese cinema legend Brigitte Lin) from retribution. With set pieces flying fast and furious, it’s a breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy.
Packed wall-to-wall with charmingly goofball slapstick and astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography, Police Story set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood.
The Frida Cinema is proud to present Police Story as part of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. A portion of ticket proceeds from screenings of Police Story will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University in response to the alarming escalation of acts of xenophobia and bigotry against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more at stopaapihate.org.
“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
“One of the great 1980s action films. It’s also one of the most 1980s action films.” — Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“In the course of the story, about drug traffickers, Mr. Chan gets three separate birthday cakes thrown into his face, and participates in several elaborately staged gun fights and car chases.” — Vincent Canby, New York Times