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Genre: Action/Crime
Starring: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Christine Cheng, Law Kar Ying, Au Yeung Pui Shan, Ken Lo, Pan Ling Ling
Director: Kirk Wong
Rating: NC-16
Year Made: 1993
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- Feature Commentary With Director Kirk Wong And Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
Deleted Scenes
- A Journey To The Underworld: An
Exclusive Interview with Director Kirk Wong
- From The Page To The Silver Screen: An Interview With Writer Teddy Chen
- Trailer Gallery




Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 1
Distributor: Dragon Dynasty




Jackie Chan stars in his grittiest role ever as a police detective on the edge, who races against time to solve a deadly kidnapping case. Based on the shocking true story of a billionaire abducted in a bold ambush, Crime Story pulses with tension and raw action. Director Kirk Wong deftly combines acrobatic fight choreography with edge-of-your-seat suspense to reveal an impressive new side to one of the world's greatest martial arts icons.


Two milestones comes with the release of “Crime Story”, one being the man himself, Jackie Chan who nabbed his second Golden Horse award for best actor in a row. Two, our local television actress Pan Ling Ling was cast as the female lead. Look at it right now, it didn’t seem such a big deal but hey that was the early 90’s so there was a huge hoo-ha about it in the media.

Loosely based upon a true story about a rich but measly businessman (played by opera singer turned actor, Law Kar Ying) who was kidnapped back in the 80’s in HK, ”Crime Story” departs from the usual slapstick-action comedies, which Chan is famous for. Taking on the role of Eddie Chan, a cop which is perturbed by the fact that he fired and shot dead three robbers on a busy street. This segment is shown in flashback when Eddie being close to breakdown is sent to visit a psychiatrist played by Pan. The tone is serious, dark and Eddie is rarely seen with a smile. You know this is not Police Story 3.

The involvement of director/actor Kirk Wong played a major part in the success of “Crime Story”. The plot is captivating, shadowy and contains “adults” elements (which normally you won’t associate with a Chan’s flick). Instead of having Chan solely pursuing and fending off the baddies, we have a corrupt cop (Kent Cheng) infiltrating the operation as well. Playing against the evil Cheng, Jackie has the chance to stretch his acting skills, no more funny faces and awkward body languages. One scene to note is their exchanges on the plane, which has a sinister foreboding feel to it. You just can’t wait to see what Cheng is going to do to Eddie once they get off the plane.

Without resorting to overly cheesy and exaggerating (see “New Police Story”), Jackie’s performance is indeed commendable during the dramatic highlights of the movie.

Another contributing factor to the success of “Crime Story” is Kirk left the action sequences to Jackie and his team while Jackie left the story development to Kirk. The action is swift and hard-hitting which sets it apart from the usual typical clowning around acrobatic-style choreography. There’s a scene of a big chase on the busy streets of HK which was accomplished without the involvement of the authorities to assist in the shooting, adding a sense of realism without adding on to the budget. A typical amazing example of how the HK film industry does their job.

“Crime Story” successfully marks Jackie’s departure from his self-directorial projects and his willingness to collaborate with other directors significantly among them, the notorious Wong Jing during the 90’s. I highly recommend this title if you are looking beyond the usual slate of JC’s flicks.


Feature Commentary With Director Kirk Wong And Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan – These 2 guys obviously had a good time and enjoyed the company of each other. They talked and reminisced about the movie, pity Jackie is too busy to be around.

Our local starlet, Pan Ling Ling’s scenes are all here in Deleted Scenes. As intended by Kirk Wong, her character acts as the love interest and to show the softer side of Eddie. Ironically, it was intact in the Singapore’s theatrical reel but it was trimmed for pacing in the international version.

It was rumored that Kirk Wong had a disagreement with Jackie over the cut of “Crime Story” but it was refuted by Kirk himself in A Journey To The Underworld: An Exclusive Interview with Director Kirk Wong. The actual story goes like this, additional scenes were added and certain scenes were deleted in the final cut of the movie (presumably by Jackie). Kirk only knows about this when he watched it in the cinema. But thing is Kirk never had the chance to talk to Jackie subsequently and so forth. Which scenes were added? Which scenes were deleted? We never knew and this interview makes the whole issue even more ambiguous.

From The Page To The Silver Screen: An Interview With Writer Teddy Chen – Teddy Chen was among the many writers engaged by Golden Harvest to scribe the project and he talks how the script evolves and such. On a side note, Chen was also responsible for Jackie Chan’s “Accidental Spy” in 2001.

A Trailer Gallery featuring the original theatrical trailer and a new trailer of the movie rounds up this DVD.


Kudos to Dragon Dynasty for giving “Crime Story” a good scrub. It’s visually less distracting and colours look more refined though there are still traces of artifacts. Nevertheless, a stark improvement over the original print.

Available in both Cantonese and Spanish tracks and comes with Dolby Digital 5.1. Dialogue is clear and surround works few and far as large portion of the movie don’t really calls for it.



Review by Linus Tee


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