As the film moves on Jackie is framed for murder and he is on his own with both the cops and the bad guys trying to nail him. Things get very bleak and desperate for Jackie, but finally with the assistance of Maggie and Brigitte he corners Koo and his gang in a shopping mall. This leads to one of my very favorite action set pieces ever. It is truly a stunning tour de force from Jackie as he races about the mall fending off his attackers and trying to capture the bad guy. Not only is the stunt work from Jackie unbelievable, but that goes for his stunt team as well. Even Brigitte and Maggie take a few tumbles.
My rating for this film: 9.0
There is a disclaimer at the beginning of this film that says it has been modified from its orginal version. But it seems there has been more done than just modifying.
In addition to a new musical score and being dubbed in English, there were numerous cuts made to the film as well. Some of the scenes cut were important to the story, and there’s some that weren’t. Here are the cut scenes.
First, the shantytown stake-out scene. After the part where Jackie (known here as Chan Ka-Kui) tells a fellow officer that he has a suspect locked in his car, there is an entire scene cut where Jackie tries to calm down an officer named Tom (must be a new guy on his first job). The guy goes crazy shooting at mirrors and firing aimlessly around corners, but really loses his cool when he sees a cop shot and wounded before his very eyes. After telling Tom to protect the wounded policeman, Jackie goes off to chase the bad guys. Later the scene returns to the nervous guy, and he ends up having to kill to protect the other cop and then wets his pants in his anxiety.
Later in the movie there is a scene after the press conference. It shows Jackie being put through a photo shoot in various heroic poses for publicity. This also shows where that famous shot of him on the motorcycle comes from. This is a funny scene that should have been left in.
In the scene where the Mars’ character attacks Selena, there are a few things cut. Such as Mars’ mask falling over his eyes and stuff like banging his head on the ceiling lights when he jumps on the table. One thing I noticed in this scene is that in the dubbed version, Jackie talks fairly loudly when he tells his buddy Mars to do things to make the fight look good. But in the original version, he talks more softly so that Selena won’t hear that it’s a setup. Makes more sense in my opinion.
Later, while Jackie races to get to the court hearing that he is already late for, there’s a small scene that shows Mars being questioned in court, his head bandaged from playing burglar the night before.
After the hearing when Koo is sitting in his office, he was watching a clip of Jackie on a T.V. talk show called “Police Stories”(!) before Chow and Danny come into the scene.
Next was a scene just before Jackie picks up the phone at the police station to talk to his informant. Another cop left a second before, saying that he was going to the bathroom and that Jackie has to answer the phones. Jackie replies, “Don’t break the John!” after seeing the large stack of newspapers the guy was carrying.
Then the phone juggling scene (probably the funniest part in the whole movie!) takes place. It’s worth buying the HK version just for this scene alone, as Jackie tries to keep track of numerous telephones and many emergency calls. The performance is topped off with Jackie trying to eat noodles with a pair of pencils, than accidentally swallowing the erasers!
One more cut was made. The scene when Jackie grabs superintendent Raymond and puts the gun to his head, Jackie throws Raymond to the floor and gives a speech about the inhumane way police are being treated.
From here on the movie is pretty much the same as in the dubbed version, including the outtakes.
Get the best. Buy the uncut version.