|Crime Story (1993)|
|Writers:||Teddy Chan and Cheung Chi-sing|
|Starring:||Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Ken Lo, Law Kar-ying, and Blackie Ko|
Crime Story makes a perfect pairing with The Protector, and it was a good call by Shout! Factory to throw these two on the same disc. Although I would consider this to be a much better Jackie Chan film, the two serve as interesting parallels from one another. Each movie shows a vastly different side of the regular Jackie Chan roles that we are accustomed to. Crime Story is probably the movie that Jackie had hoped The Protector would ultimately be. It finds the perfect blend between being his particular style of action and being a very adult thriller. Catapulted by excellent performances and lively characters, Crime Story already has way more going for it at the start of the project than The Protector ever had. Originally it seems that the film was the brainchild of Kirk Wong and was influenced by a real life kidnapping case. For whatever reason, Jackie was apparently very intrigued by the project, and audiences can maybe even see this film as him making retribution for his disappointment in the Protector fiasco. Ultimately, I do think that this turns out to be the perfect film for Jackie to stretch out and do new things with, and that’s partly because it finds the correct blend between the action and the dramatic.