The first Police Story <警察故事> film, which was released in 1985, was already filled with injury incidents, with members of the stunt crew entering the hospital nearly every day. Lead actor Jackie Chan (成龍) was even sent to the hospital when he coughed up blood after filming until six in the morning. Now, almost thirty years later, he is ready to unveil the franchise’s sixth installment, Police Story 2013 <警察故事2013>, which will open in theaters on December 24.
Now nearing 60 years of age, Jackie is known in the entertainment industry for performing all of his film stunts himself. However, he revealed at a recent press conference that he would likely have to use a stunt double in the future. “I hope everyone can forgive me,” he said.
As a result, Police Story 2013 may be one of the last films in which Jackie works without a stunt double. Amid the many action scenes and ensuing injuries, Jackie recalled a day when they filmed him being kidnapped and escaping. “I didn’t want it to be like in other films, where you spit out a steel wire and use that to undo the handcuffs,” he explained. “I wanted to design something that would convince the audience.”
In the end, Jackie used brute strength to pull apart the steel wire, which unfortunately cut into his hands and caused him to bleed. However, he looked at the situation with humor, joking that his recklessness was due to a set visit by his son, Jaycee Chan (房祖名). At first, Jaycee was unimpressed by his father’s plan, so Jackie plotted to “teach him a lesson” and show him up.
Onscreen Daughter Impressed at Jackie’s Crying Scenes
In Police Story 2013, mainland Chinese actress Jing Tian (景甜) will portray Jackie’s rebellious daughter, Miaomiao. This character was created because director-screenwriter Ding Sheng (丁晟) noticed that many cops were fathers, and that their children were mostly female.
The father-daughter dynamic also leads to a great deal of crying scenes in the film. Jing Tian praised Jackie for his superb acting in this area and remarked that he would often already be in tears while she was still preparing to enter the right mood. Jackie attributed this to his filming experience, adding, “As soon as I think of my father lying on his sickbed, I will immediately be able to cry.”
After Police Story 2013, Jackie is expected to begin filming a collaboration with well-known director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀). “I can’t talk about concrete matters,” Jackie shared, “but Zhang Yimou and I have been talking about collaborating before Hero <英雄> was filmed. This time, I can only say that when the news officially comes out, everyone will be very surprised.”
“Police Story 2013” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.