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Film / Super Cop

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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. A stunt which, according to the outtakes in the credits, she had to do multiple times
  • 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.
      Yang: 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?!
      Yang: Yeah!
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  • Fanservice Extra: Chaibat's hideout hosts a number of men and women dressed only in swimming trunks and swimsuit, respectively.
  • 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.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Yang kicked a female drug trafficker in the crotch during the gunfight in the drug supplier's compound in Thailand before the latter is shotdown by the supplier's soldiers.
    • In a Hilarious Outtakes, Jackie fell and accidentally hit Yeoh in her crotch. After crumpling in pain, she responds by playfully punching him.
  • Hiding in a Hijab: Yang briefly dons this disguise in Malaysia.
  • 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: Durians can be used as bludgeoning tools, apparently.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: A local police force attempted to arrest Panther and his gang. This contradicts Kevin and Yang's Interpol mission to track down Chaibat through Panther and thus they're forced to fight the local cops to protect Panther. The duo left Panther's gang members scattered or arrested by the local cops, however, so they only escaped with Panther.
  • 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.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Though they're posing as siblings, Kevin and Yang engage in a lot of Casual Danger Dialogue and Teeth-Clenched Teamwork during their undercover, even right before the end credit rolls.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The previous Police Story films were both squarely rooted in Hong Kong, but Supercop takes the action to Mainland China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Jackie to Yang, though she wears Bulletproof Vest at the time. So it's not much, not to mention everyone thought they're siblings at the time.
  • 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.
    • It's even worse. She spoke with her friend in English all the time, except for the time she was explaining the plan.
    • Either the Chinese didn't fully brief Kevin on his mission—or he really did have a terrible memory.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: Implied with the wife of the Big Bad; even though is more than likely still sentenced to death when she gets handed back to the Thailand Authorities, she graciously gives Kar-Kui and Yang her Swiss Bank Account and its password as gratitude for saving her from falling off and being crushed by the speeding train on which the finale took place.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Chaibat, sort of, right after shooting Yang in her bulletproof vest.
    You two kids are really okay!


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