Chan's first contemporary cop thriller, in which he plays a hot-tempered inspector framed for murder by a vengeful drug lord, proved that he was willing to pull out all the stops—from carrying out a bit of slapstick with two telephones to trashing an entire shopping mall. A breathless adrenaline rush full of twisted bumpers and broken ribs, and with what might be a record-high ratio of broken glass per minute, Police Story is viewed by many as Chan’s greatest achievement and a milestone in the Hong Kong canon. Premiering in the U.S. at the 1987 New York Film Festival, it’s been much imitated, but nothing beats the original.

Photos: Golden Harvest/Paragon/The Kobal Collection 

  • Directed By Jackie Chan
  • 1985
  • Hong Kong
  • 35mm
  • 101 minutes