Crime Story (HK 1993)

Rating: ***
Alternate Title: New Police Story
Director: Kirk Wong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Ken Lo

Jackie Chan delivers possibly the best acting performance of his career in this intense and gritty true crime action thriller. Jackie plays it completely straight as a no-nonsense cop on the trail of a gang of kidnappers, and shines with intensity and compassion. (I don't think he smiles even once...) The film is very well made, with a pseudo documentary feel and a strong musical score. Of course there are some trademark Jackie Chan heroics, but the focus is on the story and the characters. And it doesn't hurt that Jackie's psychologist in the beginning of the film is a seductively exciting babe.