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This is a great film! Just last night I watched one of his not-so-great
films and felt I needed to watch something that fits him, so I chose
Supercop. I've forgotten how great it is!
Unlike most Jackie Chan movies, this one has a nice plot that is easy to understand and characters that you can easily take a liking to. The music isn't bad in some spots and the storyline is great. Let's not forget the action scenes, which are some of Chan's best (not his VERY best, but good nonetheless)!
I really recommend this movie to all Chan fans out there.
This is a really fun movie. Jerry Bruckheimer could learn a thing or five
from Stanley Tong. I can only give it 8 out of 10 because it's not exactly
deep, y'know? It is light as a feather, but it's also fun, fun, fun -- far
more interesting and surprising than any "action" film I've seen out of
Hollywood in a long, long time, all of which have seemed to me to be
recycling the same script, plot, characters, and score to desperation.
(Beats me how people could shell out eight bucks a pop to see Enemy of the
State aka Mercury Rising aka Absolute Power...when they could rent Supercop
for two bucks and actually see something unexpected.)
Of course, this film stars Jackie Chan being his usual goofy self, deftly making his extraordinary skills as a martial artist, stuntman, and physical comedian look as natural as breathing, but the other amazing talent in this piece is exhibited by the fantastic stuntwoman Michelle Yeoh (aka Michelle Khan), the same woman who for the first time blew away many Western moviegoers in Tomorrow Never Dies.
I think this woman is made entirely of rubber and springs. Most of her stunts in this movie are actually scarier and more daring than most of Chan's, and some of the most brutal took more than one take. And she did a lot of them in a dress!
Fortunately, she is also in the sequel to this, Supercop II. It's seven years old, and I can hardly wait to rent it. (When was the last time you were in a hurry to see an action flick almost ten years old?) Too bad I can't say the same for Rush Hour, which I had to click off after less than 10 minutes because Chan's co-lead character was such an obnoxious idiot.
I really hope Hollywood learns from Chan and his Hong Kong associates, and not the other way around. Indicators are not positive. Keep your fingers crossed. Meanwhile, watch Supercop and enjoy something fresh.
POLICE STORY III - SUPER COP (Jing Cha Gu Shi III: Chao Ji Jing Cha)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Technovision)
Sound format: Mono
Police officer Chan Ka-kui (Jackie Chan) goes undercover within a criminal gang whose millionaire boss (Kenneth Tsang) plans to dominate the Asian heroin trade.
Though co-scripted by Chan regular Edward Tang (also responsible for the first two entries in the "Police Story" franchise), POLICE STORY III - SUPER COP is slightly darker in tone than its immediate predecessors and offers a much more streamlined combination of comedy, drama and action. This shift in focus was occasioned by the hiring of stuntman-turned-director Stanley Tong (RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, CHINA STRIKE FORCE, etc.), who keeps a tight rein on the film's narrative excesses whilst indulging some of the most spectacular action set-pieces ever filmed, *anywhere*.
Nothing in the first half of the movie - Chan's fight with gymnastic beauty Sam Wong at a mainland police training center; his initiation into Tsang's criminal gang by helping the villain's brother (Yuen Wah) escape from a prison work camp; a battle with police in a crowded marketplace, etc. - can prepare viewers for the *astonishing* climactic confrontation between Good and Evil, involving a series of hair-raising car stunts, Chan dangling (apparently unassisted) from a rope-ladder beneath a helicopter as it swings *high* above the streets of Kuala Lumpur (!), and the final hand-to-hand battle on top of a speeding train, upon which the aforementioned helicopter has become precariously entangled - and not a CGI shot in sight! Filmed with breathtaking gusto by artists working at the top of their game, this is commercial cinema at its most astounding (check the outtakes during the final credits, in which various participants come perilously close to serious injury or *death* during filming!).
Maggie Cheung makes another extended cameo appearance as Chan's beleaguered girlfriend, though the film is stolen clean away by Michelle Yeoh (billed as 'Michelle Khan' in some prints) as a mainland policewoman who assists Chan in his undercover operation, and who proves to be Chan's equal during the fast and furious combat sequences (the character proved popular enough to warrant her own spin-off feature, PROJECT S, in 1993!). Easily the best of the "Police Story" series to date, and one of the most memorable efforts to emerge from HK in the last fifty years, POLICE STORY III - SUPER COP is a winner. Followed by FIRST STRIKE (1996).
As usual, the movie was re-edited and rescored for its 1996 US debut under the title SUPERCOP. That version is missing only a few minutes of material, but should be avoided nonetheless.
(Cantonese and Mandarin dialogue)
I've seen a lot of Jackie Chan films and its rare to find gem in the many
jewels in the films he's made. There are real drama films like Crime
or the frentic action in the original police story, there's the
three-brother action in Project A, there's the frenctic kung-fu in Drunken
Master 2, and then there's this gem.
This is certainly the best in the police story series, the action is fantastic, the humor brilliant, the story well put together. The duo of Michelle Kahn (Yeoh) and Chan is amazing, and Yeoh almost steals the show in her own right - her persona and her instance to do her own stunts (like Chan) makes her a marvel to watch - this is why she is so damn good in Tomorrow Never Dies, but its a shame the director of TND never captured her in the same way Stanley Tong does!
Chan maybe getting older, and its getting harder and harder for him to surpass his best. In that respect, this is possibly the last, best action film we'll get to see. I enjoyed it, and I'm sure most chan fans will enjoy it too.
My Rating: 9/10.
With most of these Jackie Chan films, you are guaranteed of getting the
same material, meaning: (1) tons of violence; (2) extraordinary stunt
scenes; (3) good sound; (4) some hokey dubbed voices; (5) a juvenile
story with even more- juvenile attempt at humor; (6) very little
profanity and blood; (7) a stupid but still enjoying movie (for at
least one viewing.)
All of this adds up to a "fair" rating. The fun part of watching Chan's films are the outrageous action scenes and stunts by The Man, himself. Especially for someone getting up their in age, Chan is incredible since he does his own stunts.
In this film, Chan's girlfriend, played by Michelle Yeoh, does her own stunts, too. She is an excellent martial arts talent in her own right and a pretty lady. By the way, during the closing credits they show some of the stunts that went wrong. Not all of these are shown for laughs. In a few of them, Chan is injured.
The sound was amazing for a VHS. I can only imagine the stereo on the DVD. Overall, a dumb movie with unrealistic fight scenes (people just about get killed, but keep getting up for more!) but if you know that and just want to enjoy a lightweight action film, it serves its purpose.
Probably my fave Jackie flick so far, this has great story, GREAT stunts, great action, and great work from an awesome cast. The helicopter/train finale is an absolute rollercoaster. I'm fortunate enough to have scored a chinese-language DVD, and this cut is definitely better than the Americanized version, with more exposition, and probably more MICHELLE YEOH! She's the greatest, nearly upstaging Jackie every moment she's onscreen, and they work great together! And of course the terrific Yuen Wah always makes a good villain! All around a great, slick, fast paced action adventure, that anyone could enjoy! A blast all around! Oh, and let's not forget the gorgeous Maggie Cheung, pretty funny here...
I've never really been a great fan of Jackie Chan, often feeling that he
somewhat downgrades the true force & meaning of pure martial arts. Instead
he turns it into a caricature mixed with lots of excessive special effects
such as flying through plate glass windows or jumping over cars on a
I prefer the more natural, aethetic Bruce Lee when it comes to studied martial arts. He took the art far more seriously and didn't take it to extremes just for the sake of another "gee whiz" effect.
Jackie Chan DOES take his art just as seriously, (although not in a spiritual sense), this is proved by the number of near-death accidents he has received for the sake of his art over the years. He doesn't use stunt doubles very often and spends hours & hours going over potentially lethal special effects before finally performing them for us.
Police Story 3 is a superior Chan product, much better than his paper-thin stories as of late (although this could be down to the heavy Hollywood influence that perpetrates most of the latter films, and IMHO he is worse off for it).
PS3 is no different from his earlier films although on this occasion he has a more equally efficient lead in Michelle Yeoh, as his Chinese army partner.
Yeoh is a perfect foil for the extroverted yet dumb Chan. She screams screen presence, and her beautiful face belies her hidden deadly martial arts skills. And more significantly she, like Chan, very rarely uses stunt-doubles. (Best example is her jump onto a moving train while riding a motorcycle. Previously a stunt-double tried to do this but failed, ending up with a broken leg. But then Yeoh tried it and hey, perfect jump!)
Together they bring a more spirited edge to a rather humdrum story of drug traffiking. Chan isn't allowed to wallow in his ego because Yeoh is never far behind to push him out the way. The "buddy" chemistry works surprisingly well, perhaps because we have a woman who is truly independent and can definitely look after herself, thank you very much.
Chan does his usual stunts and his martial arts are good enough to get by with, although he is becoming just a tad predictable with more & more extravagant stunts for every new film. Which goes back to my earlier argument that he should really concentrate on the more natural side of his art and push all these boring pyrotechnics into the corner and let the character drive the story rather than the action sequences.
The storyline of this movie brings us from a prison in China to Hong
Kong. With its large Manhattan-style skyscrapers and its gangsters.
Jackie Chan plays an undercover detective with wonderful charisma and has the will to achieve its purposes with total disregard of his own security. He puts duty first.
Thank God he is not alone. A gorgeous Chinese woman, martial-arts expert and efficient cop is doing her part all the time to protect Jackie Chan's back. Michelle Yeoh is the perfect complement.
Wah Yuen is another top actor from Hong Kong and plays a successful role as the Hong Kong top gangster's little brother. He is so brilliant in his role and this give us a good impression of the excellent actors there are in Hong Kong who deserve an opportunity to go to Hollywood. When the action gets to Malaysia things even improve much more. And the city of Kuala-Lumpur with its American-style buildings is another great scenario for this good movie.
This would be a pretty typical Jackie Chan movie except for two reasons
1) Production values are really high in the movie; there's some really epic action here. I tend to fastforward through the boring parts, but I still give it a 7/10 because of how amazing some of the action is 2) Michelle Yeoh, who is a superstar here - one of the best female martial arts roles of all time; don't doubt her skills, she did that motorcycle stunt for real, and it remains one of the most amazing things I have ever seen knowing how risky that was
This is action, this is martial arts and even the boring parts are not too boring. I have watched countless martial arts movies, and in some ways this ranks high up in the list. I leave the artistic martial arts movies for people who love them - I just want 90 minutes of mindless action to relax to most days.
Definitely has to be a top 5 Chan film
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Third time is the charm for this franchise. The previous two movies is
good, but this one is better. Not only does it have a better storyline,
it has better action as well. This time Jackie Chan as a cop is going
undercover in order to infiltrate a Chinese criminal organization. And
it has some good action and slapstick humor along the way. Which is
expected from Jackie Chan movies. It's just done really well in this
one. Maggie Cheung is back again as May(Jackie's girlfriend in the
movie). And again she goes through getting put into another conflicting
situation. She must really love the hero of this franchise Jackie. It
just seems like she is constantly being used as a plot device to put
the hero through one troublesome situation after another in this
franchise. But at least she is incorporated into the plot somewhat
instead of a girlfriend character that pops up once in a while for
irrelevant reasons in movies. The relationship between the two reminded
me of Mario and Princess Peach. To spice things up a bit, Michelle Yeoh
is in this as well and plays the partner in the undercover work with
Jackie Chan. And she actually adds a lot to the film and her fighting
and stunt works are just fantastic. This movie alone shows how great of
a stunt-woman she really is and plus she is a actress. And highly
entertaining to watch, probably a bit more than Jackie in this case.
Maybe it's because I enjoy the female lead kicking ass in movies. Also
when it comes to the undercover work, there is actually quite a bit of
creativity and good humor behind it as well. In a lot of cases the
third installment just isn't as good as the previous ones. But in this
case the third installment is better...Well until the 4th installment.
If your one of the audiences that liked the previous Police Story
films, there is a high chance you will enjoy this one. This is one of
the best buddy cop movie I seen. Although it lacks in bonding
development, it backs it up with the chemistry between the two and the
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