Apr 25, 2014

Review: Ging chat goo si 3: Chiu kup ging chat [Supercop] (1992)

The next entry in Jackie Chan's Police Story series is Supercop which ends up going through a bit of a change in tone. Compared to its predecessors, Supercop turns the dial up on crime movie and turns the dial down on silly comedy. There are still some slapstick elements, comedic moments and Jackie Chan still has his comedic timing of course, but the overall feeling has changed.

That's not to say that Supercop isn't any good though. The stunts may even seem less grand at first until you get to the final 30 minutes where they are simply mind blowing. Quite honestly, Michelle Yeoh practically outshines Jackie Chan's stunt efforts and like the master himself, she does all her own stunts. She's got real talent and there is some legitimate chemistry between her and Jackie Chan. Not romantic chemistry mind you, cop chemistry!

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Genre: action, comedy, crime
Directed by: Stanley Tong
Produced by: Willie Chan, Edward Tang, Jackie Chan, etc.
Written by: Edward Tang, Fibe Ma, Lee Wai Yee
Music by: Mac Chew, Jenny Chinn, Chung-cheng Li
Running time: 95 minutes
Production company: Golden Harvest Company, Golden Way Films Ltd.
Distributed by: Golden Harvest Company, Media Asia Distribution, Toho-Towa, etc.
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, English, Mandarin, etc.
Budget: N/A
Box office: $32,609,783 (Hong Kong)

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Starring: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang, Wah Yuen, Bill Tung, Josephine Koo, Kelvin Wong, Philip Chan, Ken Lo, Lieh Lo, Wai Shum, Yi-Sheng Han

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Synopsis


Chan Ka-Kui has been put on a collaborative case between the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and Interpol that requires a "supercop." He is of course that supercop given his past heroics. Jessica Yang who is played by Michelle Yeoh isn't too impressed with him though, leading to several standoffs between the two characters who have to learn to work together.

Review


Chan Ka-Kui's mission in Supercop is simple: infiltrate drug lord Chaibat's organization which will require him to go undercover. It's a dangerous mission and Ka-Kui doesn't tell his girlfriend May what he's up to because he doesn't want to make her worry. Yes, Maggie Cheung is still here as is Bill Tung as "Uncle" Bill Wong.

Jackie Chan didn't direct this entry, but Stanley Tong does a fine job. I'm pretty sure that for the action choreography, Jackie was the one really in control and it would be madness not to take advantage of his knowledge. There are a couple of gun shootouts that seem to be outside of what should be in a Jackie Chan movie, but I personally enjoyed them for what they were.

Like I said, Michelle Yeoh knocks this one out of the park with her determination and blatant disregard for her own safety. She takes a page out of Jackie Chan's textbook and she also does well when it comes to doing comedy. The Chan/Yeoh team up is a definitive match made in heaven.

I have to admit though that I still I miss the old silly tone of the two previous Police Story movies. This can probably be attributed to Jackie Chan not being one of the writers of the script. All the same, I respect the efforts to try and make Supercop an evolution instead of just a knockoff. Jackie Chan took more of a back seat for this entry and as a result the finished product feels like less of an extension of himself. We still get the wonderful ending credit blooper montage which is a must with Jackie Chan movies.

Supercop is a slow boiler before it turns up the heat in the final act. It's an enjoyable undercover cop movie that utilizes its main characters well and the baddies are also fun to watch. It's worth it just to see Michelle Yeoh pretty much upstaging Jackie Chan. Despite the change in tone, there are some really laughs to be had and it's still a very fun movie overall.

Rating


7/10