Police Story 2 is a continuation of Police Story’s (1985) storyline, although it has changed in a number of ways – slower in pace, less comedy, as well as the action. Although this is not one of the best martial arts movies ever produced, it is still one of my personal favorites.
In this franchise Brigitte Lin exits the picture with Maggie Cheung, playing May, taking place to continue her relationship with Jackie Chan’s character. Chan Ka-Kui is demoted here as a traffic enforcer after causing trouble for the police department. He is later surprised to see John Ko, together with Chu Tao, who both have apparently managed to get out of prison fast. John Ko threatens Ka-Kui and the safety of his girlfriend to avenge themselves.
After a series of harassments received by May, Ka-Kui loses his temper and attacks John Ko inside a restaurant. This encounter ended with a vehicle crashing into the establishment. Because of this yet another offense, and the fact that his job is putting May in jeopardy, he decides to quit being a police officer.
But fate seems to want to keep Ka-Kui in service because as he and May plan their vacation, some sort of terrorist act destroys an entire establishment where they were coincidentally at. Being a skilful police officer that he is, he was able to keep hundreds of people away from harm. And because of this incident his superior and uncle convinced him to take the lead in seizing the men behind the bombing.
This is where Police Story 2 takes off, although the entire plot is thin. It did not help that the movie contained two antagonist roles where both seemed to be a major threat to Ka-Kui. It is quite understandable as, again, this is a continuation – though it is a factor making the story weak and slow in pace. The two diverging elements did not work together and thus had no impact to give the entire movie.
Moreover, the two-hour movie could prove to be dragging. Especially if you need subtitles to understand what is happening; given that the Chinese dialogue and its English translation did not correspond well (the Chinese seem to finish their sentences faster), a movie such as this that exceeds the normal 90-minute running time could be a task exhausting for the foreign audience. The English-dubbed version? Don’t, as it actually ruins the dialogue making it lousy.
But the plot is not the worst in all of action movies. Though it was thin, it still made sense. It cannot be considered as the film’s weakness. In fact, it doesn’t have any.
And who would disagree that Jackie Chan’s comic timing is perfect? This movie may have less laughs than the first one but it was nevertheless entertaining. One would see how and why Chan has achieved his iconic funny martial arts guy image, not only in this movie but in each of his projects.
While the plot presents itself as a regular action narrative – nothing amazing – the action proves to be the thing to look forward to the most. But of course, this is a Jackie Chan movie! Not to mention in his young and most energetic years. Literally every scene involves heart-stopping moves that gives the audience complete satisfaction. His amazing use of props and incredible acrobatic skills label each scene as action-packed. Though as a Jackie Chan fan, we all know that saying “action-packed” and “Jackie Chan” in a sentence is an example of redundancy.
What could be considered the most admirable thing in terms of the action in this movie is that though the common absurd concepts are there, they do not appear as one.
For instance, the hundred-henchmen attack is unsurprisingly present but surprisingly good. Out of all the movies produced and shown to the mainstream audience, Jackie Chan was the only one who managed to convince his audience that this ridiculous scene could be entertaining more than annoying.
Watching this 1988 movie – and all other Jackie Chan movies of that era for that matter – more than 20 years later brings today’s audience to the realization that films like this are a big slap to the face of current movie makers.
If you think you’ve seen the greatest action in movies ever from the productions of 2000’s, then you probably haven’t watched these Police Stories. It wouldn’t be dubious to think that all the more recent action films try to be as good as this movie but fail big time. No one can throw and use furniture better than this Jackie Chan.
Indeed, Police Story 2 contains one of the best action scenes in the history of this industry. Jackie Chan is not only superior in fighting, he is also a great director. His clean and steady takes at all the fight scenes provide its audience a wonderful view of choreography that is very realistic and cringe-worthy.
His work proves how passionate and dedicated he is in bringing good action to his audience. You would in no way see any actor today who would put his life at risk, just as this guy, to show daring stunts that in many instances injured him.
And of course, let’s not forget his equally dedicated team and stuntmen who are as great in executing stunts with Jackie Chan. Falling on metal fences, crashing through glasses, being kicked on the head by the master? These stuntmen are to be admired for their dedicated contribution. This is what we should be seeing more from action movies of today – henchmen that are likewise skilled, instead of seemingly dummies throwing pointless punches and kicks to the main character.
This is one of Jackie Chan’s best. In fact, looking at the quality of his movies throughout his career in retrospect is like going downstairs one step lower at a time in terms of the action. Make no mistake, all his other films still goes at the top of the ranks. But this movie proves why he is still the best in this genre. It would be very difficult to beat it!