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A 2004 reboot of the successful Police Story series starring Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse and Daniel Wu. The movie focuses on Jackie Chan's character, Chan Kwok Wing hunting down a group of young bank robbers, who managed to kill his entire team when they attempted to apprehend them. A year later, Chan is informed by his new partner, Frank Cheng (Nicholas Tse) that they are going to strike again, and only Chan can stop them.

Much darker than the past Police Story movies, and indeed one of the darker movies by Chan in general. Much lower in terms of slapstick and the fights, while very well choreographed, lack many of Chan's signature elements, shooting instead for more straightforward, well-done action.


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This film contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Joe's old man is an asshole who treats his son like "trash", and according to a flashback, he has been doing so since Joe was a child. His mother is quite the opposite, but she seems to completely overlook that what her husband is doing is textbook parental abuse.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It is never stated, but Joe's flashbacks and reactions to his father's presence indicate he has a nasty PTSD going due to his abuse. His neglecting of his day job, troubled sleep habits, overdependence on high-risk stimulation and emotionless demeanor when at home also imply he has clinical depression, which often comes together with PTSD in real life.
  • Anachronic Order: The opening sequence takes place a year after the following action scene, then the movie catches up.
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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Joe, despite being an utterly ruthless cop-hating gang boss who gleefully murders Chan's entire squad and would even shoot his own team mates, goes out by committing Suicide by Cop after being confronted by his father. Even Chan tries to get the snipers to not shoot him since he was holding an unloaded gun, only to fail as Joe gets shot a second time and his father falls to his knees, horrified.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The antagonists are all the children of wealthy, high ranking families.
  • Bad Boss: Joe Kwan shoots 3/4 of his teammates over the course of the movie. Though one was more of a Mercy Kill than anything else.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Frank's whole reason for helping Chen is because, when Frank was a boy, Chen comforted him moments after Frank's father—a homeless man who just wanted to feed his kid—got run over by a truck immediately following his robbery of an all-night convenience store. The jacket Frank wears throughout the movie was previously Chen's, from that incident.
  • Blood Knight: The antagonists, though they primarily focus their hatred towards cops.
  • Book Dumb: Frank is revealed to have failed his police exam. Given that he is shown to be pretty athletic and with good smarts, it is implied it was the studying part of the exam what took him down. Indeed, having a homeless father who could probably not get Frank schooled as a child is not the best recipe for a future student.
  • Book-Ends: Chan's first and final confrontation with Joe involves them trying to assemble a gun while Chan's ally (his whole police squad in the first, Frank in the last) is being held hostage via suspension.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Joe fires approximately 30 rounds from a pistol into a dummy when venting.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Played With: Early in the film, Jackie takes a shot point-blank to center-of-mass and shrugs it off, taking down the bad guy. One of the other cops tells him he was lucky that he wears another vest under his vest or he could have been killed at that range.
  • Catchphrase: Frank's "You're my man!" in Gratuitous English.
  • Cop Killer: Chan Kwok Wing hunts down a group of heavily armed robbers who don't give a second thought about gunning down police officers. The main bad guy, Joe, is motivated to do this because he was physically abused as a child by his police officer father, who had gained a high-ranking position by the time the movie begins.
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Deadfoot Leadfoot: Taken to a ridiculous degree as the bus keeps driving as somehow the driver's foot is apparently on the gas, blocking the brakes, and somehow blatantly turning to maximize damage.
  • Death Trap: The warehouse where Chan's team is killed in the prologue.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Chan in the year between the flashback and movie proper.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: The villains are all extreme sports enthusiasts, culminating in a confrontation at a rooftop skate park.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Invoked by the entire police department when they're trying to allow Chan and Frank to escape, despite them completely failing at stealth.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Big Bad is the only villain whose reason for doing what he does is explicitly shown—as a child, he was frequently locked in handcuffs and beaten by his abusive cop dad, and as a teen he was still berated by the older man. Joe eventually grew to resent him, especially when his father would go on TV and declare that a police officer's behavior for the public should mirror his behavior at home.
  • Gratuitous English: Plenty of times by the villains.
  • Gun Stripping: Joe challenges Jackie to see who can assemble and load their handgun faster. If Jackie wins, his men will be spared. Jackie loses the first time, and when they have a rematch, this time for Nicholas's life, Jackie gets ahead of Joe by popping a round into the chamber while he is still assembling the gun.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Attempted by Frank, who commandeers a lorry and puts it right in the path of the runaway bus. He gets rammed off the pier, but miraculously survives.
    • Attempted by Ho Yee when she attempts to detonate the bomb attached to her when Chan is out of the room. Subverted when she failed to actually set the bomb off.
  • Hope Spot:
    • When Chan fails to save his fellow cop mates who were held hostage by Joe, the last one, Rocky, Ho Yee's younger brother, survives his fall. Chan tries to grab a cart to get him and the rest of the bodies to safety, only to see Rocky dead shortly after.
    • Ho Yee cuts the wires on the bomb on her lap while Chan is out of the room. Despite theories to the contrary, the bomb stops. Chan returns, they embrace and then leave ... turns out the real trigger was a barely perceptible tag activated by Ho Yee walking away from the bomb.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Frank begins as this, but as Chan wakes up from his Heroic BSoD he overshadows Frank by a long shot.
  • Implied Love Interest: Frank and Sa Sa are occasionally seen flirting through the film, and their last scene has them joking about marrying due to Chan's oncoming marriage, implying they will start their own relationship.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: One of the crooks distracts Chan by shooting the driver of a moving bus, causing it to veer out of control. To clarify, not the tyres, the driver. Of a MOVING BUS.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Frank turns out to be lying about being a police officer, as he failed the police exams. However, his ruse is near-perfect for a police academy washout, considering nobody in the station seemed to realize until Chan's former chief says he never sent PC 138 to retrieve him. It is implied Sa Sa had found about it at some point, though.
  • Kick the Dog: Joe shoots Max for surrendering when the cops bring his parents to confront them.
  • Murder Simulators: The bank robbers plan their heists and traps using computer games.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of his team (including his brother-in-law) at the hands of the antagonists is this for Chan.
  • Mythology Gag: Several callbacks are given to the first two Police Story films:
    • Jackie begrudgingly singing Happy Birthday to You to Ho Yee seems to be a dramatic take on a running gag from the first Police Story, although since this film isn't exactly a comedy, nobody gets a cake in the face.
    • Jackie holding on for dear life to a moving bus once again.
    • Jackie's girlfriend being used by the villains as leverage. In Police Story 2, Jackie gets strapped to a bomb, but here it's given to Ho Yee instead.
    • The fight in the department store references the climax of the original Police Story, which had a much more elaborate melee in a shopping mall.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: As the building he is in prepares to blow up, Jackie Chan desperately tries to carry his entire dead police squad out of the building. He fails.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Surprisingly averted. Chan and his love interest escape the fireball easily, but the shockwave still knocks her out and causes severe bleeding from the ears.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted, but the villains certainly think so.
  • Product Placement: One fight scene happens at the LEGO stand of a department store.
  • Redemption Rejection: Chan tries to get Joe to stand down after losing pretty much his whole gang and is cornered at the roof of the mall. Joe instead shouts at Chan to shut up and challenges him to re-assemble a gun while Frank's life is on stake so he can earn himself another victory. When his father arrives on the scene, he attempts Suicide by Cop, right in front of him.
  • Shoot the Dog: Joe shoots Sue after she is wounded in the chase sequence
  • Sole Survivor: Chan, of his team.
  • Stepping Out for a Quick Cup of Coffee: The entire police department, in order to allow Jackie and Frank to "escape" and face the bad guys.
  • Strapped to a Bomb: Jackie Chan's girlfriend gets strapped to a bomb. In an attempted Heroic Sacrifice, she removes the bomb to set it off while Jackie leaves the room to spare him... and nothing happens. The real trigger was hidden and the bomb went off when she got up later.
  • Suicide by Cop: Joe chooses to go out this way. Bonus points for doing it while Chan was there and knew he had no bullets, and for doing it in front of his father, also a cop.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Chan, while still bitter about the deaths of his police squad, learns that Joe and his gang are just rebellious children of rich parents, arranges for them to meet up at a mall to get them to face the realization on how far they've gone.
    • After defeating Tin Tin in combat and Joe accidentally shoots him, Tin Tin grabs a gun and aims it at Chan but drops it after Chan pleads to the police to get him sent to the hospital.
    • Chan does this again with Joe, where he confronts him to get him to stand down and later tries to get the snipers to not shoot him when he commits Suicide by Cop since he's holding an unloaded gun.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Jackie's team during the intro. Frank during the end.

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