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Crime Story (1993)

Jackie Chan , Ken Lo , Kirk Wong  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Kent Cheng, Law Kar-ying
  • Directors: Kirk Wong
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZKWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crime Story" on IMDb

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(Martial Arts/Action) Based on a true story, Jackie Chan plays a special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. Things get complicated when the tycoon is kidnapped in a daring ambush.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Protector done properly January 13, 2002
In Crime Story, Jackie Chan does drama, and he does it well. The year before (1985), Jackie had been involved in another police drama, a terrible film called The Protector. Although Jackie was the protagonist in The Protector, he was not a likeable character. In fact, there were no likeable characters. In addition, the action sequences, which could have been good, were poorly filmed and much of the visual impact was lost due to poor camera work.
In Crime Story, Jackie seems to be out to prove he can do a gritty drama properly. Although his character isn't a goofy, affable fellow, he is certainly likeable. He plays a police officer on the verge of a nervous breakdown, after he killed some criminals in the line of duty.
He's hired on for a high-profile case when a construction magnate is kidnapped. Jackie's tension and anguish grows more and more, as other police officers are killed or seriously injured during the course of the case. These scenes show Jackie is capable of more than just goofy gurning, and I understand why this film garnered Jackie the Golden Horse Best Actor Award from Taiwan.
The camera work is vastly superior to that of The Protector, and tense fight scenes upon a derelict ship and inside a burning building (the latter scene bore a heavy influence upon John Woo's Hard Boiled) work very well.
All in all, the story makes sense, except for a ridiculous part in which the bad guys resuscitate a woman with their car's jumper cables. I once saw a really bad vampire movie where this trick worked, but something tells me it just shouldn't be used in serious films, at least, not the way it was used in Crime Story.
If you like to watch Jackie Chan for his comedy, skip Crime Story. He only slips into comic relief mode a couple of times in this film. However, if you would like to see a decent cops n' robbers flick, check this out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan like you have never seen him before August 11, 2007
By morgoth
Jackie Chan takes up his usual cop role in this crime thriller and is hired to protect a very wealthy business man. The business man fears that he is going to be kidnapped, and that is exactly what happens. The kidnappers are holding him for ransom and demand 60 million dollars for his safe return. They order his wife to get the money. The cops do a great job of surveillance on the wife and do everything they need to do to catch the criminals, but they don't know that one of their top detectives is one of the kidnappers. Kent Cheng (Butcher Wing AKA "fatso" from Once Upon a Time in China #1) stars as the dirty cop and Jackie gets assigned to work with him. It gets very inense when Jackie suspects that Cheng is helping the kidnappers.

Jackie Chan has had many good acting performances in his career, but this tops them all. His usual slapstick comedy is completely absent, but he still does a few of the other things you have come to expect from him. In one scene he is in a car chase and his car gets tipped onto its side. Well, Jackie just pushes the car back on its wheels and keeps on driving. Jet Li was supposed to play this role which seems like it would have been a good choice, but Jet's acting wasn't as good back then as it is now. Jackie plays this role to perfection, and in my opinion, there is no way that Jet Li could have pulled this role off as well as Jackie. If you have ever doubted Jackie as an actor, then check this movie out to see what he can really do. I would actually recommend this movie more to non Jackie Chan fans, but Jackie's die hard fans will also enjoy it.

I have always known Kent Cheng as somewhat of a bumbling idiot on screen, so this movie was a real eye opener for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chan Can Act May 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
"Crime Story" represents Chan's only "serious" film since 1989's delightful "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose" (aka "Miracles"). Unlike "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose," "Crime Story" is very dark: dark themes, dark lighting, and dark locations. "Crime Story" enables Chan to demonstrate his considerable acting ability and range. "Crime Story" tells the story of police corruption, betrayal, and the ubiquitous presence of the triads. The movie also includes some of the best action sequences filmed in the 1990s. I have seen most of Chan's films in their original form, but not "Crime Story" (aka "Police Story IV"). The American edition of "Crime Story" appears to suffer from extensive editing. For example, the female psychiatrist plays a vital role in the first fifteen minutes of the film, yet disappears for the remaining hour and a half. This does not effect the overall entertainment value of the movie. Many fans complain about the complete absence of comedy in this film. However, I have seen over forty of Chan's films, and the change afforded by "Crime Story" was welcome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jackie goes serious. March 18, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is not your typical Jackie movie, this is Jackie in serious mode. Although the film has some of the best martial artistry of Jackie and lots of action, like buildings burning and blowing up and some intense car chases fans didn't like it. You don't see Jackie in silly situations and fooling around. This was an attempt by Jackie to expand his range and he got the respect as a serious actor because he won the Taipei's best actor award. It's also interesting to know that the film was originally developed for Jet Li but he had a falling out with Golden Harvest. If you like stunts and action buy this one, if you like a silly Jackie don't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This movie is one his best police story he ever made there is a lot deadly blasting in this picture also lot of good fighting too he was challenge to prove that his still the best... Read more
Published 4 months ago by alexus
5.0 out of 5 stars crime story
just loved the movie was glad to add to my collection of dragon dynasty films. They are the greatest martial art films and they only keep getting better
Published 13 months ago by stoneyloc
2.0 out of 5 stars Crime Story
This was not my favorite Jackie Chan movie at all. It was OK but I found it kinda hard to follow and it really didn't keep my interest. I wouldn't recommend it. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusion in Cantonese
A typical Jackie Chan police style movie with all of the Chinese opera style of kung fu and acrobatics and action anyone might want. Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by William Bryan Harrell III
5.0 out of 5 stars what did you expect? it's Jackie Chan
The movie is kinda like Jackie Chan's police story but doesn't focus on him as the only main character giving the movie a more traditional realistic feel but still keeping all the... Read more
Published on July 13, 2010 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars LeVic's
I received the movie very fast. Like 4 or 5 days after I order it. That makes me happy.
Published on February 12, 2009 by Victor M. Urquidez
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan - no jokes
Crime Story tends to be overshadowed by the Police Story films, but it's a very different animal: while it may share a few familiar faces, it's a straight-up thriller... Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by Trevor Willsmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Rare Jackie chan drama
Filmed in 1993, this film is based on a true story. It is not a comedy, as you'd expect from Chan, instead it is a very serious story relying more on acting than action. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by Tracy J. Rivadeneyra
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A movie JC fans can NOT miss!!
This is quite possibly one of Jackie's best films. It lacks the slapstick humor so many American audiences are accustomed to, but you actually get to see Jackie ACT! Read more
Published on October 25, 2008 by J. Q. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A very serious movie
It's Jackie's most rare movie, it is very graphic, realistic feel to it about a hard life of honest cops. Read more
Published on June 24, 2008 by D. Aletkine
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