San Ging Chaat Goo Si / New Police Story (2004)
After a night of heavy drinking, a former cop, inspector
chan, collapses in a narrow alley of the city, surrounded
by the giant monsters of the skyscrapers.
A ferocious gang carries out a spectacular bank heist.
Inspector Chan tracks them down but it is a set up: his men
are captured one by one, tied up, and left hanging from the
ceiling. The gang?s leader confronts Chan and challenges
him to duels whose prize is the lives of the policemen.
Chang fails all of them and see each of his men collapse
from the ceiling.
Thus Chan becomes a drunkard. His young partner and his ex
wife rescue him.
Chan resumes his fight against the evil gang of acrobats,
chasing them down skyscrapers and across the whole town.
(Many scenes are reminiscent of Rush Hour).
Eventually, he kills the girlfriend of his nemesis. His
nemesis, in turn, kills his ex-wife. The final duel, again
on the roof of a high-rise building, is won by Chan, who
also saves the life of his partner. But the young officer
will die anyway, victim of the same senseless violence.
Everybody dies except Chan, the ultimate loner.
Skyscrapers are the stage for his personal drama, and they
represent the ultimate symbol of being small and pointless
in a big city that requires superhuman skills to survive.