Thursday, March 17, 2005

I Played Pool With Him and We Hung Out

Remember when Jackie Chan movies were awe-inspiring rather than embarrassing? When watching them made you want to be Jackie Chan, rather than pity him?

The lousy movies I'm referring to are Chan's two "superpower" debacles, The Tuxedo and The Medallion. Tuxedo is Hollywood's fault but Medallion was a foreign production, yet it included Claire Forlani anyway. Also, Around the World in 80 Days, which I still want to see, but the fact that it's embarrassing to admit that doesn't say much for it.

So how did I miss this? Jackie Chan's gone back to the Police Story well and made a real Hong Kong movie again: New Police Story.

Actually, it's hard to say he's going back to any particular "well" besides the cop movie genre as a whole. Police Story was always a generic title for a franchise, and there was never much continuity in the series after Police Story II anyway. Granted, age is age and he's not as spry as he was in his prime, but the relatively recent Accidental Spy was still impressive, and if he can bring his game to that level I'll be happy.

How long has this been out? It looks like it was in theaters (in Hong Kong anyway) as of last September. I've been out of the loop.

1 comment:

lydia said...

are you interested in Twins Effect? That has his son in it too, apparently.