In the late 80’s and early 90’s, a Jackie Chan directed/starring film took nearly two years to make, which is a long time for the head of a studio when they know any film the star is in will pull in big dollars at the box office. So, with some pressure from the studio, Chan decided to loosen control of his time behind the camera so that he could be more prolific as an actor.
A couple of the films that were made at the beginning of this shift in focus were City Hunter and Crime Story. After these films Chan apparently said that he didn’t like losing that control but that it was a necessary evil. He went on to only direct two more films so as to focus 100% on acting and controlling the stunt and action side of the films instead.
When you’ve seen enough Chan films you get used to seeing a recurring pattern in them but when watching Crime Story some of his usual overall themes are flipped on their head. With a sex scene, bad language and very blatant killing from most of the characters, including Chan, these things come off as rather shocking for a Chan film.
With any other film you probably wouldn’t blink an eye but they stand out in a big way in this film. With the focus taken off the action and more onto the story I think it worked really well and made this more of a complete film rather than the normal paper thin story just to get you quickly to the next big fight scene. I really enjoyed this film although I do still love his more over the top action films.
8 out of 10 from me!!!