Police Story 2 (1987)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Martial Arts, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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This follow-up to Jackie Chan's career-defining Police Story can't help but suffer by comparison to the original. The main culprit is an overlong script that frequently becomes bogged down in humdrum police work scenes. It also lacks the strong villains and clear narrative through-line that kept the first film anchored due to its mystery/blackmail premise. Despite its length, it is also surprisingly low on the epic-scale setpieces that made Police Story so unforgettable. That said, Police Story 2 is a solid action flick if viewed on its own merits. Chan handles his sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous role well and is aided nicely by returning costars Maggie Cheung and Bill Tung. There's also a standout turn by Benny Lai as a deaf-mute villain who possesses some lethal, high-kicking fight skills. Best of all, there are a number of dazzling hand-to-hand fight scenes for martial arts fans to enjoy: standout brawls include a furnishings-destroying fight in a restaurant and a nighttime brawl on a playground that involves some brutal fighting with iron pipes. In short, Police Story 2 is second-tier as far as Jackie Chan films go but its high-quality action ensures that it still stands out from the pack. Thus, it's worth a look for devoted Chan fans.