Police Story (1985)

Introduces Extreme Martial Arts

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Police Story 1

Director: by Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan and Brigitte Lin
Genre: wu da pian

In Police Story 1, Kevin Chan (aka Jackie Chan) is a Hong-Kong cop, who scores his first big hit by virtually single-handedly capturing and arresting a big drug-lord. Of course, the drug-lord isn’t too happy about this, and frames Kevin with the murder of another cop (who happened to be on the take). Kevin has to clear his name, whilst keeping himself from getting killed or arrested, and keeping his girlfriend from leaving him. Written by Yaron .

Note: This was one of Jackie Chan’s movies that broke away from the typical period-piece martial arts films. In it, the characters do not practice traditional kung fu, but they become extreme athletics (XMA style). This movie  is an example of the wu da pian genre. Fight films that use martial arts, and most martial arts movies that followed it, use this genre and they take martial arts stunt work to a new level, incorporating western style boxing with karate type moves and they don’t use doubles or wires.