DVD REVIEW: Supercop: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition

Supercop: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition
(Baby Genius)

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You’ve heard that old axiom, “Well, my band may not be so well known here, but we’re big in Japan.” The same can be said, paraphrasing of course, about Jackie Chan. It’s only within the last decade or so that the Asian superstar has become a known Hollywood entity with his Rush Hour movies.

Supercop, a movie made for Chan’s Asian following, translated and edited for the U.S. after his successes, pretty much follows the Jackie Chan formula; lots of stunts, more athleticism than actual martial arts, bad overdubs for American audiences, and a fish-out-of-water Chan playing a cop trying to route out some bad guys in a simple yet action-every-second plot. As is indicated on commentary provided by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, Supercop is one of only a handful of Jackie Chan movies actually filmed in mainland China (supposedly Chan is mobbed if he walks along the streets!), the first time Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong worked together, and the movie that brought the stunning Michelle Yeoh out of retirement.

Disc 2, has interviews with Chan, Yeoh, director Tong and Chan’s bodyguard and training partner Ken Lo.

Supercop is another in Chan’s “Police Story” series (it’s number 3 actually), with the usual fun foray of high flying fantastic stunts and semi-childlike good guy morality mugging that has made Jackie Chan a star mostly everywhere around the world.

Ralph Greco, Jr.

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