Crime Story ★★★★

I don't know that it's quite the Oscar-calibre performance that Edward Yang seemed to think Jackie Chan was capable of, but he's quite good and he did pick up the Best Actor Golden Horse award for it.

Kirk Wong directs and brings a new kind of grittiness to the Chan persona, a much darker version of the Police Story character (though more bound to the codes of ethical police work than Jackie's descent into vigilantism). In fact, the first forty-five minutes or so barely features any fisticuffs,what action there is is almost exclusively vehicular. The mid-section of the film, as Chan tries to make his case against obviously dirty cop Kent Cheng, drags with a lot of dramatic side-eye acting punctuated by portentous chords, but the finale is pretty spectacular, filmed among the ruins of the Kowloon Walled City and blowing them all up.