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DVD Review - New Police Story

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New Police Story

Jackie Chan made three ‘Police Story’ movies back in the 80’s and early 90’s and ‘Police Story 1’ was the film that made him a mega star and is easily one of his best movies, if not his best. So in 2005 he re-launched the series with the hope of maybe starting another trilogy with the film ‘New Police Story. Although it had Chan acting as a different character than in the original films, he played a role similar to the character he played as a younger man. He plays an officer high up the ranks of the police force and in a way it feels like that's what his character from the original series would have been 15 years down the track. So the fact they decided to change the character seems like a strange thing to do.

“Inspector Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force has become the victim of a gang, led by the evil Joe. When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team. A young man with a troubled past pretends to be a police officer working on the case with Wing, to get him back on his feet and begin an adventure to get revenge on the evil Joe and his Gang of Five, especially when it becomes personal.”

There’s one thing that Chan has always struggled with in his films and that’s a decent story that makes sense. I love his films but plot holes and bad acting are a staple of his films and ‘New Police Story’ is no different.  However, with a turn away from action and more into dramatic acting this was maybe his best film for his acting ability. The action was still on show though and was still good enough to satisfy the old fans.

7 out of 10 from me.
 

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