New Police Story
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Benny Chan.


Jackie Chan is a police superintendant who leads his team into a death trap against a group of young amoral ultraviolent thieves who love to kill police. He turns to alcohol until a new partner (Nicholas Tse) gets him out of the gutter and back on the case. Chan discards his trademark goofy action comedy in favor of action drama, and it works. Sure, he overacts outrageously (especially when playing drunk), but he can't help it -- his has the expressive physicality of a silent film actor, and acts with every muscle, not just with his face, and surrounded by stiff necked actors who learned to act using "just the eyes" find themselves upstaged at every turn. Nic Tse, though not at his best, is perfectly charming as his partner and the pairing is quite successful -- one hopes to see the two work together again in the future. The extreme-sport, video gaming, X-gaming villains, led by Daniel Wu, Terence Ng and Andy On, on the other hand, are cartoonish and almost painful to watch. Charlene Choi (of the TWINS) appears in a refreshingly inobtrusive supporting role. This is Jackie Chan's best Hong Kong production in many, many years.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 28, 2005.


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