Gritty "Police Story 2013" Trailer Shows Jackie Chan Back in Action

Jackie Chan in "Police Story 2013"

Remember last year in Cannes when Jackie Chan proclaims that “CZ12” (aka “Chinese Zodiac”) will be his last go-for-broke action movie? Well, he lied.

Of course, I knew it was a lie because before his announcement, he had already signed on to “Police Story 2013,” a second reboot of his most successful and longest running action franchise.

The first reboot was “New Police Story” in 2004, which had him face off against Andy On and won his co-star Daniel Wu a best supporting actor award in the 41st Golden Horse Film Awards (Taiwan).

Before that, there were already four films in the series. “First Strike,” the fourth one, is his highest-grossing movie in Hong Kong, taking in HK $57.5M ($7.4M US) in 1996.

The current reboot is targeted at the booming Chinese market and was initially described by Chan as more of a dramatic take on a policeman’s life in China. But judging by the trailer, it’s closer to his gritty, comedy-free, action thriller “Crime Story” from 1993.

“Police Story 2013” is directed by Sheng Ding, who also helmed previous Chan vehicle “Little Big Soldier.” The latter is a road comedy conceived by the action star decades ago. It’s also a departure for Chan because he plays an incompetent soldier who’s not skilled in the martial arts. When the well-reviewed film opened in China in 2010, it was a surprise hit.

Joining Chan’s adventure is mainland Chinese actor Liu Ye (“Curse of the Golden Flower,” “City of Life and Death”) and actress Jing Tian, who impressed critics and audiences with her physical performance in the recently released Donnie Yen actioner “Special ID.” Yen did say he wanted to turn Tian into a younger version of Michelle Yeoh, who co-starred with Chan in “Supercop,” the third film in the “Police Story” franchise.

According to the trailer, Chan’s latest film will open in China on December 24th, about the same time “CZ12” (aka “Chinese Zodiac”) did last year. The latter opened to record-breaking box office and became the third highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. Will “Police Story 2013” continue Chan’s resurgence in China? From the quality of the trailer, he just might have another $100M grosser in his hands.

Check out the trailer for "Police Story 2013" below:

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