IRMA VEP
1996, Janus Films, 97 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas’ live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic 1915 crime serial LES VAMPIRES. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre Léaud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial arts flicks and the music of Sonic Youth and Ali Farka Touré into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty reflection on the 1990s French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment.


POLICE STORY
GING CHAAT GOO SI
1985, 101 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

Following the disappointing reception of THE PROTECTOR in the U.S., Jackie Chan went back to Hong Kong and began working on what would be both a watershed moment in global action cinema and the start of wildly successful franchise. Acknowledged by the star as his best action film, POLICE STORY introduced the world to Chan on a whole new level as police Inspector “Kevin” / Chan Ka-Kui, a relentless cop intent on smashing Chu Tao's (Chor Yuen) crime syndicate at any cost. With Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung rounding out a stellar cast, POLICE STORY instantly cemented Chan’s place as a legend.


POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP
GING CHAAT GOO SI 3: CHIU KUP GING CHAAT
1993, Park Circus, 91 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Stanley Tong

The third installment of the popular Hong Kong franchise pairs supercop “Kevin” Chan Ka-Kui (Jackie Chan) with Interpol inspector Jessica Yang (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON’s Michelle Yeoh) as they work to take down a ruthless drug lord, Khun Chiabat (Kenneth Tsang). Quentin Tarantino called the action set pieces here the “greatest stunts ever filmed in any movie ever,” and by the time the end credits - featuring outtakes from these sequences - roll, you’ll be amazed the performers survived them. English dubbed version.


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