I like foreign movies, doesn’t matter where they are from or what genre they fall into, I’ll give them all a shot.
I first became a fan of foreign movies when I started working at Blockbuster Video in 1995. Back then, I gravitated more to the action films. Some of my favorites movies at the time were the Jackie Chan adventures. But out of all the Jackie Chan movies I’ve seen, “Super Cop” is easily my favorite.
In the film Chan is the only choice for a highly dangerous mission. He’s soon sent to China as an undercover agent to help a prisoner named Panther (Yuen Wah) escape his work camp. If all goes to plan, the gangster will lead Chan to Panther’s Hong Kong-based older brother Chaibat (Ken Tsang), one of the biggest drug lords in Asia.
Before the mission even starts, Jackie Chan meets his match in his new boss/partner, a People’s Republic of China secret agent (Michelle Yeoh) who’s a lot more disciplined than, and perhaps even better than Chan at his job. The two make a terrific team, and Yeoh steals several sequences with her stunt and martial arts work.
Also joining the fun in the final act is the beautiful Maggie Cheung as Chan’s lively (bu naive) girlfriend, a tour guide who arrives in Kuala Lumpar at the worst possible moment, and goes ballistic when she sees Jackie with Michelle Yeoh at a hotel.
The adventure leads Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh to a secret jungle compound along the border between Thailand and Cambodia where a massive gun battle occurs, and the mission culminates in an impressive chase through Kuala Lumpar.
This extended chase begins with humor, features another jail break, and later involves a rooftop fight, a helicopter, cars, motorcycles, and even a moving train, and all of this was done for real!
Known around the world as “Police Story 3: Super Cop,” here in the States the title was shortened to “Super Cop” when it was released in 1996. I remember seeing the trailer and the tv sports in 1996, which made it seem like a brand new movie. Little did I know that “Super Cop” had actually been made in 1992.
Regardless, “Super Cop” is one of those movies I can still enjoy anytime, just like I did in the theater twenty-one years ago. “Super Cop” shows off Jackie Chan’s sense of humor, his martial arts, and his incredible stunts. With his sunny personality, Jackie Chan keeps the film fun and exciting.
For years I had a VHS copy of this movie, but I hadn’t watched in ages since I don’t have a VCR anymore. But a few weeks ago I found “Super Cop” on DVD at Food Lion for $3.99. And after having re watched it, “Super Cop” holds up well after all these years, and it is without a doubt my favorite Jackie Chan movie.