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Police Story follows hot-headed Hong Kong cop Kevin Chan (Chan) as he works to capture local crime kingpin Chu Tao (Chor Yuen). After getting in trouble for reckless activity during a sting operation, Chan is assigned to protect Selina Fong (Brigitte Lin), an employee of Chu’s who has agreed to testify against him. Chan gets involved in an increasingly complex web of double-crosses and deceit, and has to fight his way out of many jams, using whatever he has lying around as weapons. The plot is primarily just there to set up Jackie Chan’s extraordinary stunt work in the film, like the climactic scene in which he slides down a pole covered in string lights that explode as he hits them.

Police Story has a 93% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In a review of the 2019 4K restoration of the film, the Los Angeles Times‘ Justin Chang called it “A brazen mix of head-through-the-glass violence and pie-in-the-face slapstick, with a dash of Capra-esque working-class comedy for good measure, Police Story is remarkably seamless in tone and execution.” If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor, because it’s an incredibly fun flick, even if its dumb pro-police brutality attitude will make you roll your eyes.

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