T.B.J: Police Story (1985)

Whole lotta face kicking in dis one...

Summary: Chan stars as a cop who is assigned to protect a woman who used to work for this drug pushing, big boss type guy. Only he’s the least intimidating looking guy ever because he’s bald and has glasses and stands around with his mouth agape. No angry reacts or comments over that statement either, I’m bald, need glasses and am sitting with my mouth agape as I type this. So there.

Directed by Jackie Chan himself, and starring Jackie Chan himself also too. And one observation I couldn’t help but make was how 90% of JC’s movies are either kung-fu revenge flicks or about the drug game (Crack hit us POCs hard, yall)(Thanks O’Regan). The rest are Wheels on Meals. Actually that may also classify as one of these things too. Eh. As long as Jackie Chan kicks someone through a glass something-or-other I’m satisfied.

Okay next paragraph,

HOLY CRAP JACKIE CHAN KICKS A LOT OF PEOPLE THROUGH GLASS. I was convulsing on the carpet floor in my flat. Not really. But dude, LITERALLY everyone starring in this movie gets thrown through a glass display or window or car door. Cut gang, cut gang.

Whole.

Lotta.

Cuts.

….

Gang.

So anyway, lotta violence in this film and strangely enough I didn’t remember a lot of it’s plot points.

  1. Jackie Chan still plays lovable, semi-creepy Jackie Chan
  2. The lead actress is written poorly…as expected
  3. The bad guy’s are pretty bad at being bad, but smarter than the good guys somehow?
  4. Chan’s superiors are super funny, semi-competent hypocrites and I love them!
  5. Yeah…the two women who appear in this movie are written SUPER poorly. Bad enough to make this impromptu list twice.
  6. THIS MOVIE RAMPS IT UP TO LIKE 11 ON SUPER SERIOUS STAKES. THEN BAILS ITSELF OUT AT THE END. Like Chan does stuff that would land him in prison for years and years. But he’s so lovable. And a rascal. A kung-fu fists of fury, deadly shadow kick throwing, struggle glaring….rascal. *God’s Plan starts playing* (Also, I don’t know if the Gods plan joke is funny to me anymore. I simply use it as a space holder)

Real talk, I don’t know how this movie got Chan so much pub; considering all he had done before it and all he would do after–it’s not that good. I mean, it’s “good”. Like me and my daughter laughed a lot and the fight scenes were 10/10. And the story is flimsy but….serviceable? Yeah, serviceable. Anyway, it’s bad. From a character dev standpoint, it’s as painful as one of Chan’s kicks to the chin. And do those hurt? The sfx makes it sound as if someone’s out back batting some old dusty carpets. Har Har Har. It is bad though. Check out the trailer:

At any rate, it was a fun Throw Back Jack pick for this week. I sort of already know what my pick for next week will be, but I’m keeping my options open. After all, I have over 20+ movies to choose from!

You seen Police Story? What’s your favorite scene? Mine is definitely the telephone scene in the police station. It showcases Chan’s genius, comedic timing front and center uninterrupted by some guy throwing a chair threw a window. Email me your favorite here: thenexcrewteam@gmail.com

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That guy with glasses is the bad guy. Okay so he isn’t bald…but SEE…his mouth! It’s agape!

Supercop (1992) (Review #100)

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Words: Desmond Childs

I think the rule of thumb in movies centered around ‘heroes’ or ‘super-powered’ beings is that when they are introduced, we can safely assume they are the best at what they do. Right? So whether that’s to protect and serve, get the girl, or simply rescuing that darn cat from a tree–the hero’s probably the most qualified for the job. Probably. So can a Hong Kong detective built with equal parts (protect and serve) take down a Chinese drug king? Well, if that detective happens to be Jackie Chan…

Inspector Chan is the best. A flawless record of outstanding performance in the line of duty. I’m sure he’s earned countless medals, honors, commendations, etc. from tireless, noble effort fighting crime. With that being said, this detective is Jackie Chan. Wait what? Oh stop it, you knew this was our 100th review for the blog! You knew I was gonna review a  Jackie Chan-vehicle! He’s in the freaking blog logo for Pete’s sake! Anyway, this detective has the distinct advantage of being Jackie Chan. Sooo…yeah…

The movie (so I can get this out of the way) follows Chan as he infiltrates a drug gang through prison and goes on this movie-long undercover operation. Joining him is oh, I dunno–THE DIRECTOR OF INTERPOL!? Whaaaat? I know right? Why would the director, herself, feel the need to tackle this mission? I mean, transporting drugs around the world, by stuffing them into dead bodies is pretty henious–but…she’s the Director of Interpol! Like, I don’t think that can be stressed enough. Did she really think no one else was qualified to take on a mission of this caliber? Although…the director of Interpol does have the distinct advantage of working alongside Jackie Chan–she also has the ace-up-her sleeve to-go along with it. She’s Michelle Yeoh, who many have referred to as ‘the female Jackie Chan’, which is sort of a back handed compliment. Because on one hand, you’re entertaining enough to remind people of someone like Jackie, but their not really giving you due credit for being THE Michelle Yeoh. At any rate, they are both in their prime, and mesmerizing to watch here. I like to picture this film as a straightaway–the heroes are the Bugatti Veyron speeding toward the end, with buildings, bridges, and even people exploding around them. The car does flips, kicks other cars in the FACE!, and eventually runs through this ramp and goes flying into the clear, blue sky. The movie sorta ends on this metaphorical high, when Chan and Yeoh get their guy, and the credits roll. We’re then treated to the classic cuts of Chan performing his many stunts from the movie. It may not seem like much to you the reader, but it’s actually the movie that sparked my admiration for Jackie Chan and his craft. I also got to see a documentary later about him, in which he sorta speaks on his wanting to be known as much for his directorial skills as his stunts. Love that guy!

I’m trying to verbalize how much this blog means to me, and how much movies mean to me. The blog’s name points to how I feel about directors, writers, and the actors in these films–how much work they put into these projects (no matter how bad some end up being). To take a dream or vision, and then craft a story that best captures that dream or vision, is a skill I just highly respect. It ain’t easy, folks. For actors to emote in such a way that draws out an emotional reaction from me watching–just impresses and intrigues me. I don’t really think some people understand how hard it is to make something that truly means something to you, but also be a product that effectively entertains the masses. While a lot of the movies I’ve reviewed aren’t for everyone, I really want to thank you the reader for accompanying on this 4-year long journey. It’s not over yet, but the number one goal has been accomplished. I invite all 600+ subscribers to continue this journey with me through the world of Asian cinema–and I promise I’ll work harder on pronouncing some of these names  ^_ ^

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Mobster Movie # 1: ‘Shinjuku Incident’

We’re kicking things off right, with the sole inspiration for this blog as the frontrunner! Jackie Chan in a role where he DOESN’T kick someone while simultaneously ducking out of the way of a crowbar/pipe/sword/machete blade! Weird, right!?

EDIT: Director Derek Yee is indeed the director I was referring to as Tung-Sing Yee. I forgot to mention that…*nervous laugh*

Podcast Running Time: 24 min 49 sec

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