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警察故事III超級警察 (1992)
Police Story III Super Cop

Reviewed by: Hyomil
Date: 04/07/2011

Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 03/03/2011
Summary: supercop...

fresh from one adventure and into the next, this time ka kui (jackie chan) is enlisted by interpol, who want a "supercop" to help crack a drug smuggling ring, led by khun (kenneth tsang). ka kui heads to the mainland, hooks up with a captain yang (michelle yeoh) of the people's army and sets out to free panther (yuen wah); one of khun's men who is currently incarcerated and could be the key to cracking the operation...

so, jackie steps out of the director's chair and in steps stanley tong. and, in terms of creating an entertaining film, which doesn't bring the 'police story' name into disrepute and manages to do a good job of showing off both jackie and michelle; he does a pretty good job.

in fact, this is pretty much solid entertainment. there's some good jokes (okay, a few not so good ones too), plenty of action, stunts, lots of gun-play, explosions and some pretty nifty fight sequences.

good stuff.

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 03/04/2007

A sluggish first quarter and an atrocious musical score by Jonathan Lee prove the only significant drawbacks to "Supercop" the third installment in Jackie Chan's "Police Story" series. Once this loose cannon of an action film gets going -- much like the original -- there's no stopping it. The final reel houses Chan's lust for flirting with death as he dangles from a helicopter ladder over Kuala Lumpur before fighting two assailants on a moving train. Michelle Yeoh co-stars as a PRC captain who matches her male counterparts' martial arts agility in nearly every frame and even manages to jump a dirt bike on to said moving train making her the first (and last) female to prove Chan's equal on screen. In 1992, Hollywood's largest grossing action film was "Lethal Weapon 3" but the real police story's right here.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: cal42
Date: 12/16/2006
Summary: The last hurrah for a groundbreaking series

In the third and final outing as Chan Ka-Kui, Jackie Chan goes undercover with a drug-running gang headed by Panther (Yuen Wah) and Chaibat (Shaw Brothers veteran Kenneth Tsang), following them all the way from Mainland China to Malaysia via Hong Kong. Long-suffering girlfriend May (Maggie Cheung) makes a couple of relatively brief appearances, as does the scene-stealing Bill Tung.

POLICE STORY III occasionally falters (the scene in the drug lord’s jungle hideout has some great gags and explosions but seems bolted on), but is otherwise pretty solid. The tone is somewhat lighter than POLICE STORY II, which I personally found to be the weakest of his 80’s self-directed films (although containing some of the best action) as I thought it was a bit of a downer!

The script and general storyline is pretty coherent, which is a godsend. When Chan and Yang infiltrate Chaibat’s organisation, you really do root for them. Chan’s cover demands him to come from a small village in the mainland, and so members of the Hong Kong and Chinese police department double as his relatives when he and Panther make a visit – prompting Bill Tung to play Chan’s mother! Maggie Cheung is sadly under-used, although her part is essential to the storyline and provides much of the comic relief later in the film. It’s also good to see Yuen Wah getting a decent role in a Jackie Chan production, and he plays it pretty straight compared to his outings in Sammo Hung’s films. Confusingly, Mars reappears in this film, but not as one of Chan’s colleagues, but as one of Panther’s henchmen.

Although the hand-to-hand fighting has been toned down a little for this instalment, it makes up in terms of stuntwork. And it’s here that the film comes into its own. There are some RIDICULOUSLY dangerous stunts in this one. Michelle Yeoh, in this, her comeback film, gets some nasty looking things to do here – and as usual, the true danger is only revealed in the out-takes. It’s no wonder she was dubbed the “female Jackie”, as she really does impress. She holds her own in the comedy scenes, too.

Quite a revelation is that for the first time synch sound was used on a Jackie Chan film. It was nice to finally hear Jackie’s real voice, and to dispense with the usual haphazard dubbing that marked Hong Kong films up until this point.

After this, the Police Story franchise sadly fell apart completely. In the fourth instalment, Jackie seems to play a different character (well, he’s got a different name – the characters he plays are pretty interchangeable) and there’s no Maggie Cheung. So you could say this is the last hurrah for a groundbreaking series. It’s not worthy to lick the original’s boots, but it’s still damn fine and should be on your DVD shelf if it isn’t already.

One final note on the Fortune Star DVD release of this film. I’m usually quite dubious of their DVDs, but this one isn’t too bad. The picture quality leaves a bit to be desired, but the subtitling is pretty good mostly and the sound is passable. It goes without saying that you should avoid the US print of the film if at all possible.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/26/2005

Once again, Jackie stars as Kevin Chan, the notorious HK "supercop." This time he's sent to the Mainland to help a Chinese officer (Yeoh) stop a deadly drug dealer (Yuen), whose brother (Tsang) is about to launch a major shipment onto the streets of Hong Kong. Of course, Chan's ever-present girlfriend May (Cheung) shows up when she's least expected and/or wanted and fulfils her mandatory damsel-in-distress role.

My personal favorite in the Police Story series, mostly due to the infusion of Michelle Yeoh. Sequels, especially after the second film, often have the problem of falling into repititious storylines and action. Yeoh's character was the perfect solution to this. Not only is she the antithesis of many of Chan's ditzy female co-stars by providing a strong female character, she proves she can hold her own (and sometimes surpass) Chan at his own game.

The stunts in Supercop are simply amazing and among the best Chan has ever done-- the one where Chan hangs onto a flying helicopter while it crashes through billboards never ceases to amaze me (even though the blooper reel takes away from it a bit by showing how it was done). Yeoh shows her stuff in several key stunts, including a daring motorcycle jump, which actually broke the leg of the stuntman that tested it out. Fight-wise, the action centers more on the big brawl-style popularized in Armour of God and perfected in Drunken Master II. Fans of realistic one-on-one fighting will most likely be disappointed, but I found the action to be well-paced and fun to watch, just like the rest of the movie.

Note: the US version (Supercop) is cut by about 10 minutes. The cut scenes are (of course) present in the HK versions, but the Media Asia DVD has a very bad Dolby remix and out-of-synch subtitles, and the Tai Seng VHS has poor picture quality and subtitles. The Criterion laserdisc is probably the best version of the film, but the cut scenes are not included in the movie itself. Here are some of the cuts:

* The beginning has a different credit sequence and there is an additional scene where we see the police superiors (Bill Tung, Ti Lung, etc.) getting a briefing about the rising drug trade and Yuen Wah/Kenneth Tsang, and then having a meeting about what to do with it. The superiors eventually hatch the plot of sending in Chan undercover, even though they are not sure if he can do it; we also see bits of Chan goofing off around the office.

* After Chan is told about his mission, there is a bit more between Chan and Bill Tung/Ti Lung. When Chan leaves, Tung and Ti discuss whether they have done the right thing or not (relating to the first scene).

* When Michelle Yeoh is briefing Chan about the mission, she tries to teach him about the differences between China and Hong Kong, including teaching him some slang words, which Chan messes up horribly.

* When Yeoh, Chan and Yuen Wah are going to the restaurant in Chan's "hometown," we see more of the town square. Chan sees some strung-up skinned cats being sold for food (this is why he orders them later).

* The initial meeting with Kenneth Tsang was cut drastically. In the Hong Kong version, we see two women being shot up with heroin (supposedly to "test" the new shipment). One of them dies and is thrown into the pool. Tsang later confronts one of his men and accuses him of being a traitor and orders him killed. The man is then thrown into the pool (this bit shown in the US version, but doesn't really make sense). For some reason, the video game Tsang is playing is also different.

* The US version has a different soundtrack, putting in rap in place of the original score, a Tom Jones song ("Kung-Fu Fighting") on the blooper reel, and a Devo song over the end credits; the dialogue has also been changed a bit to accommodate the dubbing.

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Reviewed by: Libretio
Date: 10/22/2005
Summary: Contains some of the most astonishing stunts *ever* filmed


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 [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.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 07/27/2005

I really enjoyed the American Release of SUPERCOP, but the best version is Stanley Tong's original in Cantonese! See it if you can!

So much has been written about Supercop that is readily available in bookshops and on the internet that my lunatic ranting about how great Jackie is in the movie and the crispness of Mr. Tong's direction seems silly at this moment of writing.

I'd like to mention Yuen Wah in the role of Panther because not enough people recognize this actor's brilliant work.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: balstino
Date: 05/27/2003
Summary: Good and worth seeing.

I thought that this film plodded along a bit plot wise, especially the first half, but when the action kicks in, Phew!!! The stunts in the last half of the film are spectacular with Michelle Yeoh showing she is just as crazy as Jackie!! To summarise, this enjoyable escapade is well worth a watch, but for me it is a keeper.

Reviewed by: Kyashan
Date: 12/15/2002
Summary: more or less

Well, a beautiful movie, but I like Jackie Chan when he's earnest. I liked this movie because it's full of action, and also because I like Maggie Cheung too and is a good partner for him.
Anyway all jackie chan's movies are all beautiful, so I can say is not bad.
Ranting 7.5/10

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/13/2002
Summary: Okay

First of all, some people keep saying the Police Story series was funny....did I miss something?? I don't recall seeing anything funny, they were not comedys. Anyway, the 3rd movie in the series sees a different approach, and being more of an adventure movie than a cop story.

Jackie goes to China this time on a China/Hong Kong mission. There are enough reviews here to understand the story, and all I can really add is that it's much better than the second one, but no where near as good as the first. Personally, I find it more enjoyable to watch it as an independent movie and not taking into an account it is part of Police Story, it seems much better on its own.

Michelle Yeoh shows off her stunts too in this one, showing she can do just as much as Jackie can! Worth seeing.

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: natty
Date: 05/11/2001
Summary: Over The Top

This is one kind of the movies which you wanna see over and over again. I don't think anyone will ever get bored .One of the best Hk movies that has everything (Action,comedy it , it's all here in this package) and most surprisingly the sound editing is done in the most proffessional way
every thing is breath taking. I really fell in love with this movie
no need to get in to details what the plot is all about just buy this one and you'll starting wishing that all movies were made like this.

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/05/2001
Summary: One of Jackie's BEST!!

I think this is the last GREAT Jackie Chan movie he has made. All his movies from after this movie are rated pretty good to poor.

A very funny movie with lots of action and stunts!!

I wont say much since there are so many reviews but i am a big Jackie fan and seen lots of his movies and this a must SEE!!


Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Chuma
Date: 07/12/2000
Summary: Helicopter Rides a-go-go!

Following on from the first two films in the series,
this installment sees Jackie on an assignment to catch a major
drug baron. Normally this would be no problem, but he has to work
with the Chinese Military on this case and they have a certain
way of doing things.

His partner in this mission is played by a Chinese Military officer
(Michelle) who prepares him for his assignment and also sees that
he gets some extra 'combat' training on the side.

After his training (official and impromptu) he goes inside a Chinese
prison to help one of the drug baron's henchmen, Panther escape and
lead him to his boss, and this is where the action really starts...

This is one of my favourite movies for two reasons: It's a really
good movie and it's the first Jackie Chan movie I bought when I started
getting an interest in his work after seeing him on SBS.

Jackie does all his usual stunts (and a few literally
death-defying ones), as well as the other actors Maggie and Michelle
(who can ride a motorbike really good.)

I also reckon the Director of the last Bond film that had Michelle Yeoh
in it, may have seen this movie beforehand since she does some very
good work in it.

If you like the Police Story series or Jackie Chan in general,
this movie really deserves a place in your collection. (Although
don't even consider getting the version titled 'Supercop' as it
is dubbed into english and has a really crap song on it.)

Rating : Jackie Chan broken collar-bone (9/10)

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

Most ambitious entry in the series so far, features Michelle Yeoh's return to the movie business playing a cop from mainland China. Among the many highlights is the final chase, when a helicopter (which Jackie is hanging onto) crashes onto a speeding train, while Michelle makes an amazing motor-cycle jump onto the same train... wow!

Reviewed by: Crap
Date: 12/09/1999

MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE.. This is the best action movie that i have ever seen. The stars, my two favourite actors (Michelle Khan & Jackie Chan), are absolute terrific. SEE IT - SEE IT SEE IT...

Reviewed by: hokazak
Date: 12/09/1999

An HK cop (Jacky Chan) and a Mainland cop (Michelle Yeoh) infiltrate a drug gang by helping to "spring" one of its leaders (Yuen Wah) from a prison camp in Mainland China.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Jackie Chan is a top Hong Kong detective working undercoverin cooperation with the Chinese police who have captured Panther, a leading member of a major criminal gang. Panther knows the details of the gang's operations. Jackie "befriends" Panther and organizes their escape to Hong Kong where he meets the head of the gang face to face. Now in the gang's confidence, he goes along with them to negotiate a drug deal. At the last moment Jackie is exposed but escapes in time to foil all plans in an action-packed finale that has the Malaysian capital in chaos.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

An absolute classic!! Fantastic! Perhaps Chan's best film to date with lots of violence, spectacular and dangerous stunts and incredibly funny. If you have not seen it yet go and see it now!


[Reviewed by Dave Warner]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999

Jackie Chan is an undercover cop out to stanch the supply of drugs from Malaysia, with gutsy, gorgeous Michelle Yeoh as a partner. Rock-solid action with the usual comic edges, crowned by a chase by car, helicopter, and train that rates as one of the most spectacular HK sequences on film! As always, stay around for the astonishing outtake reel at the end, where you can see just how much our two leads suffer for their art.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7