Police Story 2

Police Story 2 (Chinese: 警察故事續集, also marketed as Jackie Chan's Police Story 2) is a 1988 Hong Kong action film written, directed by and starring Jackie Chan as Chan Ka-kui. It is a sequel to the hit 1985 film Police Story, continuing the storyline of Chan's character "Kevin" Chan Ka-kui, and is the second installment of Police Story series. It also marks the last appearance in the series for Lam Kwok-Hung as Superintendent Raymond Li, Chor Yuen as Chu Tao and Charlie Cho as John Ko.

Police Story 2
Hong Kong film poster
MandarinJǐngchá Gùshì Xùjí
CantoneseGing2 Chaat3 Gu3 Si6 Zuk6 Zaap6
Directed byJackie Chan
Written by
  • Jackie Chan
  • Edward Tang
  • Paul B. Clay
Produced byLeonard Ho
  • Cheung Yiu Cho
  • Danny Lee Yau Tong
Edited byPeter Cheung
Music by
  • Michael Lai
  • Tang Siu Lam
Golden Way Films Ltd.
Distributed by
Release date
  • 20 August 1988 (1988-08-20)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeUS$10.4 million (HK/Taiwan/Japan)
191,739 tickets (Seoul)


Inspector Chan Ka-kui has been demoted to highway patrol as the result of his handling of his previous case, which involved the violent arrest of crime lord Chu Tao and heavy property damage. The new duty pleases his girlfriend, May, who is glad that her boyfriend is no longer taking difficult cases and has more time to see her.

However, the happy mood changes when Ka-Kui is greeted by Chu Tao and his bespectacled right-hand man John Ko. It seems Chu Tao is terminally ill with only three months left to live, so he has been released from prison, and while he is still alive he vows to make life difficult for Ka-Kui.

John Ko and some henchmen show up at Ka-Kui's apartment and intimidate him, baiting the policeman to attack. Later, May and her aunt are beaten by John Ko and his men. Ka-Kui can no longer hold back, and he lashes out against John Ko and his men at a restaurant.

Ashamed of his behavior, Ka-Kui resigns from the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He plans to take a trip to Bali with May, but while he is at a travel agency in a shopping mall, some police officers see him and report that the mall is under a bomb threat.

Unable to resist the urge to get involved in police work, Ka-Kui tells the officers to sound the fire alarm and have the mall cleared, and agrees to take responsibility for the decision. A bomb does indeed explode, and the entire mall is leveled by the blast.

Ka-Kui is praised for his efforts, and he is reinstated and assigned to solve the case of the bombing. Ka-Kui plants a covert listening device in the mall property company's office to try to learn more about the bombers. This leads to a suspect who is a deaf-mute and is a fierce martial artist and explosives expert.

The bombing gang, aware that the police are on to them, plan a simultaneous bombing of the property company and the police headquarters. They double their ransom demand to $20 million and kidnap May, luring Ka-Kui into a trap in which he is strapped with an explosive vest and forced to pick up the extortion money from the property company.

After picking up the money, Ka-Kui tells the gang that they are being followed and split up. Ka-kui, still holding the ransom, is able to drive his car into a tunnel so that the bomb he is wearing cannot be activated and he strips it off. He then goes to rescue May, who is being held in a warehouse full of fireworks.

Ka-Kui again faces the deaf-mute man, who throws large bang snaps at him. Ka-Kui is unable to beat him hand-to-hand, but then gains the upper hand with brutally retaliation on the mute man by using his own bang snaps against him, and throwing him off a third story catwalk onto a pile of plastic drums below. Ka-Kui then rescues May and departs the warehouse, just as it explodes in a huge ball of fire.


  • Jackie Chan as Sergeant "Kevin" Chan Ka-kui a.k.a. Jackie Chan (New Line Cinema & Fortune Star Media dubs)
  • Maggie Cheung as May
  • Bill Tung as "Uncle" Bill Wong / Inspector Chou
  • Lisa Chiao Chiao as Aunt
  • Kenny Ho as Cops
  • Lam Kwok-Hung as Superintendent Raymond Li
  • Chor Yuen as Chu Tu a.k.a. Tom Koo (New Line Cinema English dub)
  • Charlie Cho as John Ko a.k.a. John Chow (New Line Cinema English dub)
  • Benny Lai as Dummy / Deaf Criminal / Gabby (New Line Cinema dub)
  • Mars as Inspector Kim
  • Johnny Cheung as Cheung
  • Ben Lam as Tall Pau Hung
  • Chi Fai Chan as Ngor
  • Shan Kwan as President Fung
  • Isabella Wong as Miss Wong, Secretary of President Fung
  • Ann Mui as Karen


Box officeEdit

Police Story 2 was released in Hong Kong on 20 August 1988, grossing HK$34,151,609 (US$4,375,046) at the Hong Kong box office.[1] In Taiwan, it grossed NT$16,688,260[2] (US$593,255).[3] In Japan, it earned ¥700 million (US$5.46 million) at the box office,[4] adding up to a combined US$10,428,301 (equivalent to $23,000,000 in 2020) grossed in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

In South Korea, the film sold 191,739 tickets in the capital city of Seoul.[5]

4K restorations of Police Story 2 and its predecessor received a limited North American theatrical release from Janus Films beginning on February 1, 2019.[6]

Home mediaEdit

The Hong Kong version is 105 minutes long, while the Japanese release is 122 minutes long. Golden Harvest's export version of the film, released in the UK and European territories, runs 95 minutes.[7] The IVL Police Story Trilogy DVD boxed set version is the Japanese cut with Hong Kong blooper footage. Hong Kong-based company Kam & Ronsom Enterprise released the first three Police Story films on Blu-ray Disc in June 2009.

New Line Cinema acquired the rights to distribute the export version of Police Story 2 on VHS & Laserdisc on 15 June 1999, with a recycled soundtrack score from J. Peter Robinson. In 2007, Dragon Dynasty released the Japanese cut on DVD. Shout! Factory released Police Story and Police Story 2 as a double feature on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 16 April 2013.[8]

The Criterion Collection released both Police Story and its sequel on Blu-ray on April 30, 2019. Unlike Shout! Factory's Blu-ray release, Criterion's release used 4K restorations of both of the films, as well as the Hong Kong-release version of Police Story 2. It also includes bonus features on Jackie Chan himself, such as new programs on his screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques, a stunt reel, and archival interviews with him and stuntman Benny Lai, as well as a 1964 TV program about Peking-opera training that was akin to the education Chan received as a child.[9]


The film received a rating of 86% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[10] Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle rated it 3/5 stars and called it "a fine introduction to the Jackie Chan phenomenon" that is less emotionally charged than the first film and less outlandish than the sequel.[11] TV Guide rated it 4/5 stars and wrote that the film makes up for its lack of story and eye-opening stunts with better pacing and more action. They concluded that this film "remains among Chan's best".[12] In a review of the Shout! Factory double-bill, Calum Marsh of Slant Magazine rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote: "This isn't so much exemplary filmmaking as it is bravura stunt work, but Police Story is a veritable case study in the value of the latter".[13] On reviewing the Police Story series, Kim Newman wrote in Sight & Sound that "a rare instance of a sequel that takes criticism of the original into account, but not to the benefit of the series" as Chan "actually does tone down the destruction, making for an oddly action-light action movie with the amiable Chan out of his depth as the story tries to turn serious".[14]

In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films.[15] Police Story 2 was listed at 61st place on this list.[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "1988 Taiwan Box Office". National Chengchi University. 19 February 2001. Archived from the original on 19 February 2001. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Historical currency converter with official exchange rates (TWD)". fxtop.com. 31 December 1988. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ "ポリス・ストーリー2 九龍の眼/警察故事續集(1988)". KungFu Tube (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ "【ジャッキーチェン興行成績】 第10回:韓国での興行収入". KungFu Tube (in Japanese). 5 September 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  6. ^ Raup, Jordan (3 January 2019). "Jackie Chan's Action Masterpieces 'Police Story' & 'Police Story 2' Get New Trailer for Theatrical Restorations". The Film Stage. The Film Stage. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ "POLICE STORY II". British Board of Film Classification. 9 March 1990. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Shout! Factory Bringing in Jackie Chan Classics to Blu-ray; Bruce Lee Classics to DVD". Daily Grindhouse. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Criterion Announces April Titles". Blu-ray.com. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  11. ^ Savlov, Marc (17 September 1993). "Police Story II". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Police Story 2". TV Guide. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  13. ^ Marsh, Calum (16 April 2013). "Jackie Chan Double Feature: Police Story | Police Story 2". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  14. ^ Newman, Kim (October 2011). "The Police Story series". Sight and Sound. London: British Film Institute. 21 (10): 87–88. ISSN 0037-4806.
  15. ^ "The 100 best action movies". Time Out. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  16. ^ "The 100 best action movies: 70-61". Time Out. 3 November 2014. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.

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