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Film / Future Cops

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Just so we're clear, is this supposed to be Street Fighter? No?

One of the most bizarre films to ever embrace the Hong Kong action style, directed by Wong Jing (the same year he did the live-action City Hunter) and very very very loosely based on Street Fighter, in the sense that the characters look like Street Fighter characters, but they're not named after them, except for Chun Li, but only on the 'Chun' Future Cops is a rather unique experience.

In far future, Judge Yu Ti Hung is about to deliver a lifetime sentence to a nefarious crime lord named 'The General' (M. Bison). His henchmen; Kent (Ken), Toyota (E. Honda) and Thai King (Sagat); hatched a plan to go back to the past and brainwash the young Yu Ti Hung so he will let the General go during the penultimate trial. The local Time Police aptly named 'Future Cops' sends out four of their men: Lung (Ryu), Broom Man (Guile), Ti Man (Vega) and Ah Sing (Dhalsim). The villains go back in time, while the Future Cops pursue them, except Lung because apparently he's the Police's Director son in law. (The rest of the cops do not take this well for awhile)

So Broom Man, Ti Man and Ah Sing go to the past and gets help from a 20 years old high school student named Tai Hung (who's quite possibly based on Nobita with the This Loser Is You treatment dialled up to eleven) and pose as students and teachers in the school where Yu Ti Hung used to enroll, in hopes to find him and protect him. Things get wacky when they encounter the bad guys, as well as finding out that Tai Hung is actually Yu Ti Hung

If you have been reading the paragraphs above, yes, you will realize that the alignment of the good/bad guys have been messed up. Regardless, this show seems to be more of a parody, provides a lot of silly, hilarious and wacky moments and doesn't take itself very seriously.

Tropes associated with this film:

  • Actor Allusion: Ti Man eating snake liver is a reference to the 80s TV series Legend of The Condor Heroes, where Andy Lau gained recognition as a star by playing the main character Yang Guo, and did just that in the series. There's also Broomhead suddenly singing in school. His actor Jackie Cheung is called the God of Songs in the Cantopop/Mandopop scene.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Vega/Balrog is usually an unabashed villain in Street Fighter. Ti Man, his counterpart for his movie, is undoubtedly a hero.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Ken and E. Honda are usually good hearted heroes in Street Fighter. Kent and Toyota are instead subordinates of the General, therefore, villains. While Kent eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn, Toyota does not.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played for laughs. To take on the Big Bad, the Future Cops must give Tai Hung and Chun May more powerful versions of the Mega Manning chips - with Chun May, the application is painless, but Tai Hung needs to have his chip shoved up his nose in a parody of that scene from the original Total Recall (1990).
  • Bee Afraid: Tai Hung nearly jumped from the second floor only to find his girlfriend passing by. He stops in the middle of falling, standing on the balcony... then a random bee decided to be a dick and stung him and made him fall.
  • Big Damn Heroes Tai Hung, who initially fails at it, but leads into the Took a Level in Badass moment
  • Bishie Sparkle: Subverted. Lung/Ryu looks like he has one after the reveal that he's not coming to the past due to being the Police Director's son-in-law. However, there's no sparkle, just some eye-flipping, and the sound effect of having a sparkle.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tai Hung for the first quarter of the movie and Broom Head's pigtailed female student, whose only purpose seems to be to get beaten up.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: The Future Cops. Anytime they tell a lie, a program installed in their bodies will electrocute them. This is how Vega/Ti Man spilled the beans to Chun May (later to be Chun Li), Tai Hung's sister.
    Future cops: We never tell lies! *BBBBZZZZTTTTTTTTT!!!!!*
  • Captain Ersatz: Every one of them
    • Lung -> Ryu (both of their names can be taken to mean dragon).
    • Kent -> Ken with a jacket.
    • Toyota -> Honda with clothes.
    • Thai King -> Sagat with hair.
    • Broom Head -> Guile with a much taller hair.
    • Ah Sing -> Dhalsim with a Badass Longcoat and hair.
    • Ti Man -> Vega/Balrog with a Badass Longcoat and a different mask.
    • The General -> M.Bison/Vega.
    • Chun May and Chun Dai (her and Tai Hung's mom) (after their upgrade)-> Chun Li
    • Uncle Richard/Green Wolf -> Blanka
    • Yu Ti Hung/Tai Hung/Ng Kung/Ng Kwan Yu -> Nobita at first, then Son Goku.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Or rather 'have no counterparts existing in this film'. Zangief and Balrog/M.Bison (Boxer) have no representatives, as does the newcomers of Super Street Fighter II (Cammy, Fei-Long, Dee Jay and T. Hawk). The latter can be justified with the fact that the movie is released on the same year (and earlier) with the game, which also explains why Akuma does not appear in this movie.
  • Demoted to Extra: While Ryu is the protagonist of the Street Fighter series, his counterpart in this film only appears in the beginning and in the ending despite being played by a popular idol.
  • Destination Defenestration: The General does this to the three protagonists at the ending battle, when he's clearly winning and overpowering everyone.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The General can't stand those who would sell out their own allies, so he had Kei-On flushed out to the toilet when he ran out of uses. However, attempting to kill the hostages instead of letting them go once his target would present himself were not part of his standards... but it was on Kent's evil standards, whereas his pleads to spare them went nowhere and eventually became his Heel–Face Turn trigger.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Nothing is known about The General's name, he's just called 'The General'. One dub gives him the name "Bipson".
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Future Cops were shown to first eat shoes, which they claim to be good for digestion. Later they were shown eating a refrigerator. Also, a sports commentator ate a mike and a marble table after losing a bet.
  • Genius Bruiser: Broom Head can teach any subject. Also, he made a nuclear bomb as an alternative to his CV. In seconds. Out of nothing.
  • G-Rated Sex: Our heroes come from a No Sex Allowed future, and "orgasm pills" are created to rectify this.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Blanka is used as a soccerball, an electric one.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Kent, in the last moment.
    • Siu Wai/Crab Angel in the beginning is Kei-On's girlfriend and usually joins in bullying Tai Hung. But after a dangerous run-in with Kent and being saved by Broom Man, she is redeemed and mostly becomes a good girl.
  • Here We Go Again!: The ending had Lung arriving and telling the Future Cops that there's a new criminal on the loose so they get to stay with Tai Hung's family and the quest are to continue as the movie ends.
  • I Have Many Names: Tai Hung by the end of the movie learns that he's going to be Yu Ti Hung, and then adopts the name Ng Kung (Cantonese spelling for Sun Wukong/Son Goku) for his alter ego, and later changes it again into Ng Kwan Yu (the latter part would be the Cantonese spelling of Guan Yu of Romance of the Three Kingdoms)
  • In Name Only: Inverted, as the characters look the same as in Street Fighter but have different names. Though some of the character names are what they would be if they were translated to cantonese or mandarin.
  • It Was a Gift: Tai Hung gets a Homemade Sweater from Hell from his love interest. It becomes important later on.
  • Jerkass: Kei-On spends a lot of his time to just being a bully to Tai Hung for no reason, and eventually fancies himself as the General's buddy, first by gleefully revealing the existence of Yu Ti Hung (Tai Hung) to the General, and then joins in wreaking havoc to the whole school on the General's reign of terror, even at cost of his bullying buddies. Notably, once the whole thing is over, he's not seen congratulating Tai Hung for the rescue, though that was because he was last seen taken to the toilet to be flushed off-screen because the General has had enough of his bootlicking and selling out his supposed friends.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first three quarters of the movie are pure slapstick with some action. Then when the General arrives into the present, the show takes a slightly darker turn. There's humor here and there, but the General takes himself very seriously and his threat is genuinely high.
  • Made of Iron: The guys from the future. Ti Man was unharmed after being stabbed in the back by a knife.
    • Broom Man also survived being smashed with multiple cars and got stuck with it, although he was depowered in that state... until he got kissed.
  • Mega Manning: Tai Hung is given three microchips by the Future Cops, allowing him to replicate their powers. Considering the Trope Namer is also a Capcom property...
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ti Lung picked up a live snake (part of a prank from a 'classmate')... then proceeds to rip its organ, eat it, spin it around and use it as a belt.
  • Mythology Gag: "Mythology" is probably stretching it, but there were some nods to the original Street Fighter II
    • Ah Sing masquerades into Tai Hung's school as an 'Indian Maidservant'. He's the stand-in for the Indian fighter Dhalsim.
    • Kent, Thai King and Toyota first met Kei-On while the latter is playing a Street Fighter II arcade.
    • Both Chun May and Chun Dai do Chun-Li's "YATTA!" Victory Pose at separate points.
    • When Uncle Richard makes a Big Damn Heroes as Green Wolf, the sound effect of Blanka's growl when he's doing a rolling attack is used (fitting, because he is supposed to be the stand-in for Blanka)
  • Noble Demon: Kent, who eventually gave the antidote to Ti Man (which he inflicted himself) after being 'spared' by Broom Man. Then he's really disconcerted when The General is about to inflict harm to the innocents just to get to Yu Ti Hung. He gets punished for it and wisely did the right thing: defecting.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tai Hung freaks out when he realizes that he's the Yu Ti Hung the future criminals are after.
  • Orifice Invasion: While Tai Hung's sister is given Chun Li's powers in a painless manner, he himself gets the same powers shoved up his nose. It's the size of an orange too. He promptly runs off, asking why they didn't just shove a durian into his brain.
  • Pun-Based Title: The Mandarin title can be translated as "Super School Fighter".
  • Put on a Bus: Not-Ryu appears in the future scenes in the beginning, then is transported to the present time at the very end of the movie.
  • Refuge in Audacity: This movie not only blatantly steals from Street Fighter at every turn, but also has a scene that copies from Super Mario Bros.. And in that same scene, a character is shown actually playing Street Fighter II.
  • The Reveal: Tai Hung is Yu Ti Hung.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The General ordered Thai King and Toyota to flush Kei-On to the toilet because even he thinks he's just a bootlicking dog.
  • Ridiculous Future Sequelisation: One of the first signs of how far into the future these Future Cops are from is a row of posters for Stephen Chow's Fight Back to School pt 90.
  • Rump Roast: As a result of an Attack Backfire on the General, Sing ends up having his butt set on fire. Complete with a shot of Simon Yam's exposed, naked ass, because Naked People Are Funny?
  • Shout-Out: Arguably, the entire movie is a blatant shout out/ripoff of Japan's 80s-90s video game/anime industry. We've got Street Fighter and Dragon Ball Expies, one scene where some people went into a Mario level, etc.
    • The movie ends with Lung telling everyone else that a Super Saiyan has arrived from the future.
    • Kei-On has the hairstyle of Josuke Higashikata (which at the time was a very recent reference, with Diamond is Unbreakable having started only a year previously).
  • Survival Mantra: "The world is beautiful! The air's fresh!" (It fails at first. But... After The Reveal, Tai Hung started reciting it again)
  • Teen Genius: Chun May is obviously younger than Tai Hung, but she has graduated college, gotten a job... just to emphasis further on Tai Hung's loser guy image. Oh, and if they end up in a sibling fight, she wins.
  • Tempting Fate: The sports commentator makes claims about how Tai Hung isn't gonna win or else he'll eat something ridiculous (see Extreme Omnivore above). Guess what happens. note 
  • This Loser Is You: Tai Hung is essentially what the average player of Street Fighter would be like in the Street Fighter universe - a complete nobody who can't even win a fight with his sister, let alone trained martial artists.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tai Hung, culminating him in transforming into Son Goku.
  • Torso with a View: The General at the end of the movie, after being run though by Ti-Man. And then Broom Man delivers the Coup de Grâce by shoving a ''nuke'' into the hole in his midsection.
  • Wham Line:
    Chun Dai: After getting married, your surname should be changed to 'Yu'
    Tai Hung: Fine!
    Uncle Richard: And according to our family, you should change your name to. In our generation, the word 'Ti' is used. So you should be named Yu Ti Hung.
    Tai Hung: Fine!
    Future Cops: You are Yu Ti Hung?!
    Tai Hung: *shaking* M-m-m-m-m-m-m-mom...I-I-I-I-I-I-I a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-am Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Yu T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-Ti H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-Hung...
  • Wolverine Publicity: Aaron Kwok was the most recently-breaking Bishōnen idol in the cast at the time. He's prominently in the poster above. In the actual movie he appears for about ten minutes.