With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, April 05, 2012

ACF 1412: Special screening of POLICE STORY next Monday

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Police Story
Directed by Jackie Chan
Hong Kong, 1985, 101 minutes, 35mm
When Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM
Where: The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, NYC 
Co-presented by New York Asian Film Festival

As part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's ongoing series 50 Years of the New York Film Festival, there will be a special, single screening of Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY next Monday. The film was shown at the 1987 NYFF.

Here's what the FSLC has to say about it:

Cited by Jackie Chan as his personal favorite among his more than 100 feature films, Police Story marked the action superstar’s triumphant return to his home turf after an ill-fated attempt to break into the American market, and paired him with two equally legendary leading ladies of the 1980s Hong Kong new wave: Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin. The plot—which serves mainly to carry us from one magnificent, death-defying set piece to the next—finds Chan’s honest cop, Chan Ka-Kui, pursuing a triad kingpin while trying to protect the kingpin’s imperiled secretary (Lin) and assuaging the jealousy of his own girlfriend (Cheung). On wheels and on foot, through layers of glass and concrete he goes, resulting in several of the most crazily balletic, duly celebrated sequences in the Chan canon—including Jackie’s perilous dangle from a speeding bus with nothing more than an umbrella for support. Take that, Gene Kelly!

“Superb, unpretentious entertainment from one of the world’s two remaining centers of truly popular cinema, Hong Kong.” —NYFF25 program note

“In Police Story Jackie’s manic urge to make the scene maximally gripping is itself a little scary. Nonetheless, when a director isn’t afraid of tapping the real power of movies, a fight scene can give us an adrenalin transfusion. Who needs 3-D?” —David Bordwell, Observations on Film Art

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