Police Story 2 Review

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.

jackie-and-maggie-300x169After 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!


Jackie Chans Personal Views On MMA Fighting

jackie_chan_snake_in_the_eagles_shadow-300x225Jackie Chan is probably one of the most famous martial arts experts who is recognized all over the world. This international film actor has starred in over 150 films and is known for choreographing and performing all the incredible stunts in his movies. Furthermore, he is also regarded as the inventor of the comedic martial arts genre.

Jackie Chan’s Martial Arts Skills and Training

It is not really surprising that Jackie Chan has become an expert in the field of martial arts and also a big screen superstar. At the young age of seven years old, he was enrolled in the Chinese Opera Research Institute where he trained for the Peking Opera for over ten years. (martial arts based performance)

During this decade-long training, he became skilled in acrobatics and martial arts for entertainment purposes. He was able to hone his skills and master the art of Hapkido, Shaolin Kung-fu, and Tae Kwon Do at the institute, which was headed by Master Yu Jim Yuen at that time.

Among these three types of martial arts, he focused more on his training in Hapkido. He took this martial art very seriously and constantly practiced for hours to polish his craft. Through his competence and hard work, he eventually became a black belt in Hapkido under the supervision of Grandmaster Jin Pal Kim. In one interview, Grandmaster Kim even said that Jackie Chan was one of the most hardworking people he had ever known.

Jackie Chan’s Honest Thoughts on MMA Fighting

ground-and-pound-300x200Perhaps, you have already heard of MMA fighting or even watched a fight on television. Just to make sure that everyone is on the same page, MMA is simply the acronym for Mixed Martial Arts.

As the name suggests, MMA allows the fighters to make use of different types of fighting styles and techniques from various kinds of martial arts. This combat sport can be considered as one of the most rapidly growing and increasingly popular sport nowadays.

Being considered as a living legend when it comes to martial arts, many people are interested to hear about Jackie Chan’s personal views on MMA fighting. With this, during an interview for the promotion of his movie The Spy Next Door, the martial arts action superstar was asked if he likes MMA.

To this question he answered candidly that he doesn’t really like what people know as “ultimate fighting.” According to him, MMA is too violent and he doesn’t like the fact that the fighters are put in some kind of a cage.

Moreover, he spoke his mind when he added that martial arts should involve respect. Jackie Chan said that when a fighter is already knocked down, the other one should stop hitting. Furthermore, he stated that the true martial artist will help the other fighter up and even ask him if he’s okay or if they should continue with the match. Clearly, all these things are not present in any MMA fight.

Final Thoughts

jackie_chan_a-fighters-pose1-232x300Jackie Chan’s personal standpoint regarding MMA is somewhat typical considering that his martial arts training was geared towards performing on stage for entertainment purposes. He has no background when it comes to full-contact fighting, competitive combat sports, or even defensive martial arts. In addition, Jackie Chan didn’t show affinity for groundwork in his martial arts choreography, unlike his predecessor Bruce Lee.

While some people such as Jackie Chan find MMA’s level of violence to be too high or do not approve of the mechanics, there are some who enjoy watching the match and see it as a combat sport that measures strength and endurance. Regardless of which type of person you are, everyone should remember that each person is entitled to his own views and should be respected for his perspectives.