Director: Benny Chan, Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Charlie Young, Nicolas
Tse, Charlene Choi, Daniel Wu, Wang Chieh
RunTime: 2 hrs 3 mins
Released By: Shaw
Date: 23 Sept 2004
Wing (Jackie Chan) is the Hong Kong police’s resident
super cop. He’s the best of the best, cracking every
case he handles in record time.
(Nicholas Tse) is a rebel without a cause, a street-smart
Hong Kong youth who longs to become a police officer. However,
his late father’s criminal background makes this an
impossible dream. Fung finally gets his chance to play at
being a detective when he persuades Wing that he is a police
officer, and they team up to track down a truly awesome group
of adversaries, The Gang Of Five…
by Joe (Daniel Wu), the Gang consists of five young and cold-blooded
criminals. When we first see them in action, they rob a bank
before purposely setting off the alarm, treating the responding
police officers as target practice. Joe (Daniel Wu) uses “shoot-them-up”
videogames as his inspiration to create the most elaborate
and deadly traps for the police. The son of an abusive and
authoritarian senior police officer, Joe has been nursing
a grudge against cops since childhood. He derives an almost
sadistic pleasure from wounding and killing Hong Kong’s
men are trapped, and gunned down one by one. Only Wing himself
escapes…In the aftermath of this massacre, Wing’s
life falls apart. His colleagues are all dead, including Rocky,
the younger brother of his girlfriend Ka Yee (Charlie Yeung).
He hides himself from Ka Yee and, though still technically
on the force, sinks into an abyss of alcoholism and despair.
to his old self, Wing begins to piece together the identities
of the Gang Of Five. Meanwhile, Joe reunites his team, and
tries to set up a final gambit. However, Wing is now wise
to his tactics. The same scenario in which Wing’s team-mates
lost their lives is played out again, only now it’s
the Gang Of Five that are hunted down.
finally overcomes his own fears, and calls on all his reserves
of courage and strength to finally defeat Joe.
The "New Police Story", unlike its pre-descendents
unfolds itself with homely subjects like the importance of
correct parenting, influence of video games on our youngs
and the rebellious nature of today's teenagers. With Benny
Chan (Heroic Duo, Gen X cop) and Jackie with his usual team
of action choreographers behind the set, surprisingly there
are no spectacular opening-scene with ears-deafening gunfights
or multiple car crashes here. Instead, the opening was quiet
and dejected, showing a drunkard cop, Wing (Jackie Chan) who
could not even board a taxi and have to settle for the night
in a back street alley.
frame then brings us to and fro the time line explaining the
background of each character as the plot develops. The screenplay
was stylishly arranged but to all Jackie Chan's fans, the
plot of his movies was always secondary. What matters most
is the no-fuss Jackie Chan's actions. It is disappointing
to see the opening action scene was but all computer generated,
showing five bed-head, crazy-looking teenage robbers, led
by Joe (Daniel Wu) rappelling down a hi-rise building. This
was followed by a typical explosion and a series of gunfights,
with Wing running out of a collapsing warehouse trolleying
the bodies of his comrades.
came an overused bus-ride sequence, where a public bus coincidentally
spring out of control during a police-and-robber chase. Expectedly
the bus went crashing into a crowded pedestrian walk and glass-decorated
buildings. Following was another explosion in the Police HQ.
Although there's still not much punches and kicks from Jackie
Chan at this point, the emotional attempt to snip the explosive
wirings to save Wing's love, Ka Yee (Charlie Young) was both
heart-pounding and seat-gripping.
course it would not be a complete "Police Story"
without a one-on-one sparring action sequence. Unfortunately,
the unarm combat in this instalment was nothing spectacular.
Finally, the finale was a complete let-down with Joe (Daniel
Wu) and Wing in a gun-assemble challenge!
time, our Super Cop faced 5 problem kids whose police-killing
fetish may had gone way beyond comprehension but would wimp
at the sight of their angry parents. We see no endless numbers
of baddies in nice black suits coming after Jackie Chan, only
to be wittily brought down by him, always in an hilarious
fashions. There are no cyborg-looking, bad Chinese accent
Caucasians with neck-breaking punches and chest-bursting kicks.
Most importantly, there are no memorable death-defying, mission-impossible
stunts. Even the NGs shots during the rolling credits were
not enticing, featuring merely wrong diction of the scripts
from the cast.
you are getting is a plot-heavy, acting-focus movie that is
emotionally geared and suavely choreographed - trademark of
Benny Chan's previous works. If you are one of those die-hard
"Police Story" fans, expect only Jackie's much-improved
acting talents. Maybe Jackie Chan wanted to break free of
his stuntman cum action hero image. Or maybe the Dragon had
catch on with age and needs a subtler action movie. Whatever
the reason may be, this Jackie "come-back" movie
had fallen short of expectation.
movie is still ticket-worth but higher points could had been
added to this reviews if there are more savvy kicks, punches
and dare-devils stunts.
by Leosen Teo