MILLIONS OF Jackie Chan fans worldwide grunted when it was announced that the action maestro is about to retire from action films. But recently, Chan had been doing the rounds promoting his latest action movie, “Police Story 2013” set to open in cinemas (Philippines) this January 22.
Now, Jackie Chan is once again in full action mode orchestrating his stunts in “Police Story 2013.” Chan began as a stuntman in Chinese action movies and became his country’s action star in the 70s with his action comedy films such as “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” and “Drunken Master” prior his big Hollywood fame in the 90s.
In the latest “Police Story 2013,” a reboot of his previous movie of the same title (sans 2013), Jackie Chan plays policeman Zhong Wen, a man dedicated to his work to the point of neglecting his own family. His rebellious daughter Miao Miao (played by Jing Tian) who had become distant from him one day asks to meet with him in an exclusive bar in the heart of the city which is owned by Wu Jiang (played by Liu Ye), his daughter’s boyfriend. Upon arrival at the bar, Zhong senses something is definitely wrong happening in the bar and this makes Miao all the more rebellious towards him.
Zhong would prove himself right when Wu’s true intentions were revealed on the night that the guests in the bar were held hostage in exchange for the release of a criminal named Fu, a notorious criminal brought to prison by Zhong years ago. Meanwhile, Miao Miao now realizes Wu had used her to get to her father, and is filled with guilt.
Showing no signs of retiring from movies, Chan said in recent interviews that “A genuine action movie is marked by real stunts.” As with all his other movies, Chan’s fight scenes in the movie also looked very painful, and he admitted that they were as painful as they looked: “The fights were with genuine MMA (mixed martial arts) boxers, not stuntmen; so, they didn’t know how to control their strength when we were filming the fight sequences. Those were rock-hard, solid punches and kicks.”
“Police Story 2013” will open this January 22 from Megavision, Inc. in cinemas nationwide.