Directed by Jackie Chan • 1988 • Hong Kong
Starring Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung
Jackie Chan followed up the massive success of POLICE STORY with an even bigger box-office hit. Having been demoted to a lowly traffic cop for his, ahem, unorthodox policing methods, Chan’s go-it-alone officer Ka-Kui quits the force in protest. But it isn’t long before he’s back in action, racing the clock to stop a band of serial bombers and win back his much-put-upon girlfriend May (the phenomenal Maggie Cheung, reprising her star-making role). Boasting epic explosions, an awesomely 1980s electro soundtrack, and a showstopping finale—which turns an abandoned warehouse into a life-size pinball machine of cascading oil drums, collapsing scaffolds, and shooting fireworks—POLICE STORY 2 confirmed Chan’s status as a performer of unparalleled grace and daring.
This presentation of the condensed Hong Kong release of POLICE STORY 2 was made from a 35 mm theatrical print. Minimal restoration was performed; the roughness, missing frames, and scratches reflect the condition of the film element.
This September 22, 1989, episode of “Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show,” hosted by Jonathan Ross, profiles actor-director Jackie Chan and includes interviews with Jackie Chan and actor Maggie Cheung.