Future Cops

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Future Cops
FutureCops.jpg
Official poster
Traditional 超級學校霸王
Simplified 超级学校霸王
Mandarin Chāojí Xuéxiào Bàwàng
Cantonese Ciu1 Kap1 Hok1 Hau4 Baa3 Wong4
Directed by Wong Jing
Produced by John Higgins
Written by Wong Jing
Starring Andy Lau
Jacky Cheung
Aaron Kwok
Chingmy Yau
Dicky Cheung
Simon Yam
Ekin Cheng
Winnie Lau
Charlie Yeung
Andy Hui
Ken Lo
Billy Chow
Music by Marco Wan
Lee Hon-Kam
Cinematography Andrew Lau
Edited by Poon Hung
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
  • July 15, 1993 (1993-07-15)
Running time 95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Future Cops (Chinese: 超級學校霸王; pinyin: Chāojí Xuéxiào Bàwàng; Literal Title:Super-School Tyrant) is a 1993 Hong Kong action-comedy film loosely based on the Street Fighter video game franchise.

It was the second live-action film to feature characters from the Street Fighter series, the first being City Hunter starring Jackie Chan, which was also directed by Wong Jing, but released 6 months earlier. The following year the official Street Fighter motion picture was released, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Plot[edit]

In the year 2043, an evil crime lord (The General/M. Bison) is trying to take over the world. He was arrested and was sentenced to jail by the Judge. The General's minions, Kent (Ken), Thai King (Sagat), and Toyota (E. Honda) travel to the year 1993 to kill the Judge before he has a chance to get into office. During a battle with The General's minions, the Future Cops Lung (Ryu), Broom Man (Guile), Ti Man (Vega), and Ah-Sing (Dhalsim) hear of their plot. The Police Director decided to send them back to the past also to protect the Judge. Lung ultimately stays behind because he is the Police Director's brother in law.

Once the Future Cops get to 1993, they land in the backyard of 20 something year old high school student Tai-Hung, who helps them stay under cover by letting them live with him and his family. Ti Man pretends to be a fellow student while striking up a romance with Tai Hung's sister Chun May (Chun Li); Broom Man pretends to be a music teacher at the school while also striking up a romance with one of the students, Crab Angel; while Ah-Sing follows Tai Hung pretending to be his servant, all the while protecting him from the evil school bullies, while Tai Hung pursues a romance of his own with his long-time friend Choi Ney. Eventually the villains show up, wreak havoc, and many battles ensue. Tai-Hung ends up being the Judge after his mother remarried and his surname changed.

Reception[edit]

The film moves through strange romance, wacky comedic situations, and a couple of bizarre musical numbers (many of the Chinese actors in the film are also accomplished pop singers), until the introduction of the villains halfway through the movie. There are some fight scenes featuring the special attacks and fighting styles of the Street Fighter characters. Though the characters bear an obvious similarity to those of Street Fighter, Fantasy Productions could not get the rights to use their names at the time the film was being made. All in all, the plot of the film has little to do with the actual storyline and characters of the original Street Fighter series.

Cast[edit]

While the majority of parodied characters are from the Street Fighter franchise, some characters are also based on popular anime in Hong Kong at the time, such as Doraemon and Dragonball.

Actor/Actress Role Hanzi
Andy Lau Ti Man (Vega) 鐵面
Jacky Cheung Broom Man (Guile) 掃把頭
Aaron Kwok Lung (Ryu) 阿龍
Chingmy Yau Chun May (Chun Li) 春美
Dicky Cheung Chan Tai-Hung/Yu Ti Hung (Nobita/Son Goku) 陳大雄
余鐵雄
Simon Yam Ah-Sing (Dhalsim) 發達星
八大師兄
Ekin Cheng Kent (Ken) 阿健
Winnie Lau Siu-Wai/Crab Angel 小慧
Charlie Yeung Choi Ney (Shizuka) 采妮
Andy Hui Kei-On (Gian/Suneo) 余忌安
Ken Lo General (M. Bison) 將軍
Billy Chow Thai King (Sagat) 泰王
William Duen Toyota (E. Honda) 豐田
Kingdom Yuen Tai-Hung's Mother, Chun Dai (Chun Li) 春代
Richard Ng Uncle Richard Yu/Green Wolf (Blanka) 青狼
Natalis Chan Sports Announcer
Dennis Chan Headmaster
Newton Lai Future Cops Commander
Dave Lam Discipline teacher
Lee Siu-kei Plumber
Fanny Leung CR3
Sam Hoh Leon Lai
Lam Foo-Wai School Bully
Max Mok

Game references and differences[edit]

  • All the characters in the film have the likeness, fighting style, and special attacks of the Street Fighter video game characters they are based on.
  • In the final battle of the film, Chun May and her mother simultaneously (both dressed as Chun-Li) perform Chun-Li's "yatta!" win animation from Street Fighter II.
  • Vega, who is normally a villain in the video game series, is the main hero, whereas Ken and E. Honda are villains as opposed to heroes (although Ken switches sides at the very end)
  • In the scene where Ti Man and Chun May are on a date at an arcade, they jump into a game of Super Mario World.
  • Through most of the film Ti Man (Vega), and Chun May (Chun-Li) wear normal school clothes, and Chun May wears glasses.
  • Ken and Guile who normally have blond hair have black hair with blond streaks in the film.
  • Dhalsim, who is normally bald, has black hair with red streaks in the film.
  • Vega's mask only covers half his face, as opposed to his whole face.
  • Sagat in the film is not very tall, has a flattop haircut, and a goatee, but still wears an eyepatch.
  • When Tai-Hung wakes up to his abilities as Yu Ti Hung, he is dressed up as the character Son Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • Kei-On is seen playing an actual Street Fighter II game in the arcades.
  • Tai-Hung and Kei-On are likely resembled Nobita & Tsuneo from Doraemon series respectively.
  • The animation when the Future Cops arrived from the future resembles the Terminator
  • Characters from the game that are missing in the movie (or has no counterparts) are Zangief and Balrog as well as the newcomers from Super Street Fighter II (Cammy, Fei-Long, T. Hawk and Dee Jay). The movie was released in the same year as Super Street Fighter II, meaning Akuma (debuted in Super Turbo) also did not appear in the movie.

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