Bullet Points: Police Story 3: Supercop
It is hard to believe that nearly 5 months after the launch of BulletproofAction.com that I have yet to review a film starring one of the biggest international action stars of all-time, Jackie Chan.
That is about to change as I recently sat down and watched Supercop via Netflix and I quickly remembered just how fun Jackie Chan movies can be.
- The Premise: Jackie Chan plays Inspector Chan Ka Kui of the Hong Kong Police. He has the reputation of being a Supercop, so it is no surprise when he is selected to join forces with an Interpol Agent, Inspector Jessica Yang (played by Michelle Yeoh of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame) to take out a drug lord, Chaibat. Chan and Yang get on the inside of Chaibat’s operation after Chan goes undercover and springs one of Chaibat’s most valuable men, Panther, from a prison camp. When Chan and Panther visit Chan’s “hometown”, Yang poses as Chan’s sister. Soon all three are off to Hong Kong to meet Chaibat, who is a villain with an interesting and some might say sadistic sense of humor.
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time: When the mission takes Chan and Yang to Kuala Lumpur, it just so happens that Chan’s girlfriend May is vacationing there. Mind you, she has no idea that her boyfriend Chan is working on such a dangerous mission (despite the fact that he updated his insurance policy to make her the beneficiary and gave her the key to his safety deposit box before starting his “new job”) She is also unaware that he is working undercover, so as you can imagine this complicates things.
- The Plot Thickens: Chaibat is not only a drug lord, he is also trying to prevent his wife from going to prison and has a nefarious plot to rescue her after her trial. This is where the action really picks up, trucks, motorcycles, a helicopter and a train all get involved as the finale of the movie is non-stop action. What else would you expect from a Jackie Chan flick?
Like most Jackie Chan movies, there’s always a bit of humor mixed in and that really is part of Jackie Chan’s charm and the appeal of his movies. It had been a while since I had seen any of his work. This was my first time viewing of Supercop and I did not regret the decision to watch it. The keyword to this movie is FUN.
Before I go, here are a few more Supercop Bullet Points…
- Familiar Face: I instantly recognized Philip Chan, who plays Inspector Y.K. Chen in Supercop from his work in Bloodsport (where he plays Captain Chen) and Double Impact (where he didn’t play a guy named Chen).
- Drag Queen: Chan’s uncle in the movie Uncle Bill, poses as his undercover mother and at one point his/her fake boobs pop out.
- Favorite Sound Effect: When Chaibat throws May out of the helicopter and she bounces off a car below onto the pavement, the thud it makes probably amused me way more than it should have.
- It’s Not Unusual: The end credits feature the 70’s classic Kung Fu Fighting performed by Mr. Tom Jones. No doubt Carlton Banks approved of this musical choice. Check out the video below to enjoy it for yourself…