Police Story 3: Super Cop
|Police Story 3: Super Cop|
|Mandarin||Jǐngchá Gùshì Sān Chāojí Jǐngchá|
|Cantonese||Ging2 Chaat3 Gu3 Si6 Saam1 Ciu1 Kap1 Ging2 Chaat3|
|Directed by||Stanley Tong|
|Produced by||Willie Chan
|Written by||Edward Tang
Yee Lee Wai
|Music by||Mac Chew
|Edited by||Cheung Ka-Fai
|Distributed by||Media Asia
Golden Way Films Co. Ltd.
|Box office||Hong Kong:
Police Story 3: Super Cop (Chinese: 警察故事３超級警察; Cantonese Yale: gíng chaat gu sih sāam: Chīu kāp gíng chaat), also known as Super Cop in North America, is a 1992 Hong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie reprises his "Kevin" Chan Ka-Kui character, a Hong Kong cop from Police Story and Police Story 2. It is the first in the series not to be directed by Jackie, with Stanley Tong taking over the helm. It is also the last appearance in the series for Maggie Cheung as Jackie's girlfriend, May. Another significant aspect of this film is that it was the first Jackie Chan film from Hong Kong to use sync sound, allowing all the actors' voices to be recorded as they spoke on scene, rather than dubbed over by different actors later.
Ka-Kui is the "supercop" of the Hong Kong police, with amazing martial arts skills. He is sent to Guangzhou, where the Chinese police force's Interpol director, Inspector Jessica Yang (Michelle Yeoh), briefs him on his next assignment. The target is Chaibat, a drug lord based in Hong Kong. To infiltrate Chaibat's organization, Ka-Kui is to get close to Chaibat's henchman Panther, who is in a Chinese prison. Ka-Kui, posing as a petty criminal prisoner, manages Panther's escape with the connivance of the guards. Grateful Panther invites Ka-Kui to go with him to Hong Kong and join Chaibat's gang. Panther meets up with some of his other men, and vouches for Ka-Kui. The group heads for Hong Kong.
On the way, they pass through Ka-Kui's supposed home village, and Panther insists that Ka-Kui visit his family there. He does not actually know anyone in the village, but is pleasantly relieved to be greeted by undercover police posing as his family, with Yang as his sister. The local police pretend to arrest Ka-Kui in a restaurant, but Ka-Kui and Yang (also a martial-arts expert) escape after a big fight, which concludes with the faked killing of a policeman. This confirms Panther's trust in them.
In Hong Kong, Chaibat welcomes Ka-Kui and Yang to his luxurious hide-out. He takes them with him to a big opium grower's fortified compound in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, for a meeting of big-time heroin traffickers. During the meeting, Chaibat's gang attack from outside while Ka-Kui and Yang protect him inside. In a huge gun battle, Chaibat's gang kill the rival traffickers and their guards, and smash up the compound. The grower survives, but will now sell only to Chaibat at Chaibat's price.
The action then shifts to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where Chaibat's wife, Chen Wen-Shi, is in prison, facing the death penalty for an unspecified crime. Chaibat needs to get her out of prison, because only she knows the secret codes to his Swiss bank account, and will not reveal them to him unless freed. Chaibat brings his gang, now including Ka-Kui and Yang, to Kuala Lumpur to stage a jailbreak.
A new difficulty arises when Ka-Kui sees his girlfriend May, a tour guide, in Kuala Lumpur leading a party of Hong Kong tourists. He has told her he's on assignment. Ka-Kui evades May at first, but she sees him at the luxurious hotel where Chaibat's gang are staying, with the beautiful Yang, and confronts him in a jealous rage. This nearly blows Ka-Kui's cover, but Panther is persuaded that May is angry because Ka-Kui tried to proposition her as a prostitute. Later, Ka-Kui gets May alone and explains the situation, and she finally calms down. At one point, May even manages to keep Ka-Kui from inadvertently blowing his own cover. But then, in an elevator, May tells a co-worker about Ka-Kui, and is overheard by one of Panther's men. Chaibat takes May hostage, and forces Ka-Kui and Yang – their cover now blown – to help free Chen.
Chaibat's scheme is successful and May is released, as per their agreement. However, the exchange turns sour when Chaibat pushes May from his helicopter, though she survives. Furious, Ka-Kui and Yang pursue Chaibat and his men over the roads, rooftops (where Ka-Kui and Yang defeat Panther and his partner), and skies of Kuala Lumpur. In the climax on top of a speeding train, Chaibat is killed after his helicopter collides with a bridge and lands on him. Yang and Ka-Kui also recapture Chen. Since her husband is dead, she decides to tell Yang and Ka-Kui the password to Chaibat's bank account. The two partners argue whether Hong Kong or China will get the money.
- Jackie Chan as "Kevin" Chan Ka-Kui / Chen Chia-chu / Lin Fu Sheng (doubled by Stanley Tong)
- Michelle Yeoh as Interpol Inspector Jessica Hana Yang Chien Hua (as Michelle Khan)
- Maggie Cheung as May
- Yuen Wah as Panther
- Kenneth Tsang as Khun Chaibat (as Ken Tsang)
- Bill Tung as "Uncle" Bill Wong
- Lo Lieh as Thai General (as Lit Law)
- Josephine Koo as Chen Wen-Shi Chaibat
- Kelvin Wong as Peter / Pierre (as Wong Siu)
- Philip Chan as CSP Inspector Y.K. Chen
- Mars as Hsiung (uncredited)
According to his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Chan dislocated his cheekbone during a stunt scene.
- Victoria Harbour, Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, British Hong Kong
- Nanjing Road and The Bund, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
- Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley, Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia
- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Police Story 3 grossed HK $32,609,783 in its Hong Kong theatrical run.
After the North American success of Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 3 was released in North America on 25 July 1996 under the shorter title, Supercop. Opening at 1,406 theatres, it grossed US $5,503,176 ($3,914 per screen), on its way to a total gross of US $16,270,600.
Awards and nominations
- 1993 Hong Kong Film Awards
- 1992 Golden Horse Film Festival
The North American release by Dimension was well received.
James Berardinelli of website ReelViews wrote: "As is usual in a Chan film, the end credits (which show out-takes of failed stunts) are one of Supercop 's highlights. There are more laughs in this hilarious three-minute sequence than in the whole of Kingpin. I can't think of a better reason to stay through the entire movie. Ultimately, the closing montage points out one of the chief differences between Chan's stylized, fast-paced films and those of his American counterparts: this is action with a smile, not a grimace."
In the Washington Post, Richard Harrington said: "Chan seems to have met his soul mate in Khan [Yeoh's credited name], Asia's top female action star. Like Chan, Khan does her own fighting and stunts. Unlike the Hollywood action contingent, Chan and Khan don't rely on cinematic trickery. Theirs are not special effects, just spectacular ones. Connoisseurs will find Chan's helicopter-train chase far riskier, more exciting and more believable than its mates in Mission: Impossible and The Living Daylights."
The U.S. version of the film received a "Certified Fresh" rating of 96% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Furthermore, in 2009, director Quentin Tarantino named Police Story III as one of his favorite films of the past seventeen years. He stated that Supercop features the "greatest stunts ever filmed in any movie ever." In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. Police Story 3: Super Cop was listed at 75th place on this list.
The Dimension Films version, which was distributed theatrically in North America in 1996, was retitled Supercop, and was dubbed into American English with the participation of Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Among the changes was the addition of a new score. Tom Jones' rendition of "Kung Fu Fighting" plays over the end credits, followed by a song specially written and performed for the film by the band Devo, entitled "Supercop".
This release was cut by approximately 10 minutes. These cuts include:
- Scenes of the police superiors getting a briefing about drug-related crimes.
- The police superiors discussing a plan to send Jackie Chan's character on an undercover mission.
- A scene where Yeoh tries to teach Chan about Mainland China.
- A longer version of the meeting with Chaibat in which the sexy women lounging about his mansion are revealed as drug addicts.
- The film was given a theatrical and VHS release in the United Kingdom, but has never been released on DVD in the United Kingdom.
- In January 1998, Dimension Films released their Supercop version.
- In Hong Kong, the film was initially released by Megastar and later, Deltamac. In 2004, it was re-released by IVL. This version was contained within a Police Story trilogy DVD boxset (Region 0 NTSC). All Hong Kong DVDs contain the original cut.
- In January 2009, the film was re-released in the west by Dragon Dynasty and the Weinstein Company. Although it has the original Hong Kong Cantonese soundtrack, it is cut to fit the visuals of the included Dimension Supercop version. It does not contain any of the scenes specific to the Hong Kong version.
- Hong Kong based company Kam & Ronsom Enterprise announced that they would release the first three Police Story films on Blu-ray Disc in June 2009.
Michelle Yeoh went on to star in a 1993 spin-off called Once a Cop or Project S. Though it features a cameo appearance by Jackie Chan and Bill Tung reprises his role as "Uncle" Bill, this film is not a proper part of the Police Story series. Confusingly, some releases of this film were also entitled Supercop or Supercop 2. In most Asian territories it was called Project S, under which title the most comprehensive DVD was released by MIA.
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- Crime Story
- List of Hong Kong films
- Hong Kong action cinema
- List of Dragon Dynasty releases
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- Jackie Chan. "Jackie's Aches and Pains: It Only Hurts When I'm Not Laughing". Random House. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Berardinelli, James. "Supercop (aka Police Story 3): A Film Review by James Berardinelli". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "More Kicks From Jackie Chan". The Washington Post. 18 March 1997.
- "Quentin Tarantino’s Top 20 Films of the Past 17 Years". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 Favorite Films". Retrieved 5 September 2009.
- "The 100 best action movies". Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- "The 100 best action movies: 80-71". Time Out. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
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- Official website
- Police Story 3: Super Cop at the Internet Movie Database
- Police Story 3: Supercop at AllMovie
- Review at Kung Fu Cinema
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