Originally known in Hong Kong as Police Story 3,
it was renamed and released in the U.S. in 1995. Jackie Chan
stars as Kevin "Supercop" Chan of the Royal Hong Kong Police, assigned to a dangerous mission for the DEA to stop a drug lord. His assignment takes him to mainland China, where he teams up with Captain Jessica Yang (Michelle Yeoh
), and the pair infiltrate the inner circle of the notorious Chaibat, bickering and kicking ass along the way.
This film provides the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Michelle Yeoh (called Michelle Khan here) keeps up with Chan, doing her own death-defying stunts, including riding a dirt bike onto a moving train.
- Becoming the Mask: At least when Kevin remembers he's supposed to be Lin Fu-Sheng. Played for laughs during the prison breakout, as Yang shoots Panther's comrade so Kevin can step in.
Panther (horrified, as his friend falls): Hsiuen!
Kevin (acting even more horrified): HSIUEN!!
- Uncle Bill plays Fu-Sheng's mama to the hilt.
- Big Bad: Chaibat, aka Big Brother.
- Breakout Character: Yeoh reprised this role as the star of Supercop 2.
- Commie Land: The Chinese cops on the whole seem to have a bit of disdain for Kevin's seat-of-the-pants approach to policing (not to mention his individualist title of "Supercop Chan").
- Yang, posing as Kevin's sister, responds to a slap from her "brother" by slapping him back and quoting the Chairman.
Think you're superior, huh? Mao Tse-Tung
said women are the true power of society!
Kevin (rubbing his face): Did Mao Tse-Tung really say that?!
- Faux Fluency: Chan, in the English version; Yeoh, in the Cantonese version.
- Fish out of Water: Kevin, a cop from British Hong Kong, finds himself among the decidedly more rigid Communists of mainland China.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Kenneth Tsang just can't stop running drug empires.
- Maggie Cheung as Jackie's girlfriend, May.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Always a staple of Jackie Chan films. Subverted in the painful-looking shots where Jackie is shown getting clocked by a helicopter rotor and then carried off (presumably to the ER), and Yeoh lands wrong on the hood of a moving car, then falls to the street—taking a crew member with her.
- Improvised Weapon: Spiky fruits can be used as bludgeoning tools, apparently.
- Like Brother and Sister: Kevin and Yang pose as siblings—and snipe accordingly. Though the following exchange is interesting:
Kevin: You hit your brother so hard. What if I was your husband?
Yang: Wait and find out.
- Made of Iron: Chan and Yeoh, of course, not to mention a couple of the crew members.
- More Dakka: The meeting with the drug lords in Thailand, despite the general's (widely flouted) plea of "No violence!"
- Prisoner Exchange: At the end, with Chaibat negotiating for his wife if Kevin wants May back.
- Super Cop: Natch.
- The Danza: Jackie Chan as Kevin Chan.
- Too Dumb to Live: May's clever ruse is cancelled out after she blows Kevin's cover while talking to her friend in the elevator.
- Either the Chinese didn't fully brief Kevin on his mission—or he really did have a terrible memory.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Chaibat, sort of, right after shooting Yang in her bulletproof vest.
You two kids are really okay!