Supercop

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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One of Jackie Chan's best, but also one of his most violent.
  • R
  • 1996
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A small lesson in gender equality: When Jackie first meets Inspector Yang he sees her only as a pretty girl to be flirted with, but as the movie goes on, they begin to use teamwork and learn to trust each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The secondary character, Inspector Yang, is a very powerful female role model, able to handle herself physically as well as possessing courage and confidence. The hero, Inspector Chan, must overcome his old-fashioned views of women in order to work with her and attain trust and teamwork. (He learns a similar lesson with his girlfriend, May.) Unfortunately, the "undercover" aspect of the story makes Jackie into a more violent character than usual; he is forced to perform more aggressive deeds than he usually does in his movies.

Violence

An usual amount of martial arts violence, and in a Jackie Chan movie, much of it falls in the arena of self-defense (Jackie rarely attacks). But it also has a huge amount of gun violence and explosives. There's a Tazer gun and a traitor is brutally drowned in a swimming pool. In one scene, the crime boss asks the undercover Jackie to shoot an assailant, and Jackie actually pulls the trigger, but (luckily) finds that his gun is jammed. The climactic fight on top of a moving train has some very dangerous-looking stunts as well. The end credits are full of painful looking outtakes.

Sex

Jackie and his girlfriend kiss a little and roll around on the bed, although their conversation has nothing sexy about it. A man dressed up as a woman loses his "breasts" when two rubber water balloons fall out from under his shirt. The crime boss orders "testicles" in a restaurant.

Language

A couple of uses of "scumbag" and "hell." And Jackie's undercover name is "Fuk-Sang," played for laughs.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The bad guys are drug dealers, though we never actually see any drugs or hear any drugs mentioned by name. The drug in question is spoken about in measurements only.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though Jackie Chan is generally a hit with kids, Supercop is one of his most violent movies. Playing an undercover cop, he is sometimes forced into violent, aggressor situations in order to keep up his cover. (Chan's movie character usually fights reluctantly, mainly in self-defense, and shows that fighting actually hurts.) Aside from the usual dazzling martial arts and crazy stunts, this one is full of gunfire, explosions, and other forms of mayhem, and the villains are drug lords. However, the tone is mostly comic and lightweight, with very little real consequences for the violence. The DVD contains the theatrical edit prepared for U.S. release in 1996, and comes with both dubbed English and the (preferred) original Chinese audio options.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLewcas September 9, 2011

Know your child

Yes, this movie is violent. However, my 13-year-old son holds a first degree black belt in karate, and has been familiar with and followed the code of the mart... Continue reading
Adult Written bySam Marrick April 23, 2016

FUN!

A bloody sniping. Some bloody wounds in a drug plantation shootout. 4 F words in a rap song in the background.
Teen, 14 years old Written byarman kalantari January 28, 2012

awesome action movie

i like this movie so much i am a big fan of jackie chan.
Teen, 16 years old Written byZacch March 26, 2016

Really Good Addition To The Police Story Franchise,Although Not The Best.

Well, I saw this movie when i was 10. I thought it was very good. Even now i think its good. Violence-If you think about it it's no more destructive than... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jackie Chan returns to the role of Chan Ka Kui (from the first two Police Story movies), who this time accepts a dangerous undercover mission. His job is to break a drug boss out of prison, join his gang, and eventually bring down the entire operation. His contact is Inspector Yang (Michelle Yeoh), whom he sees as "just a girl," and is shocked when it turns out that she will be coming on the mission with him, posing as his sister. As they get deeper into the world of drug cartels, their situation gets more and more precarious. To make matters worse, Chan accidentally runs into his girlfriend (Maggie Cheung) at a resort, and she has no idea what he's up to.

Is it any good?

Made at the peak of Jackie Chan's career in Hong Kong, this is one of his most explosive and suspenseful movies, and it features some of his finest stunts. (There are some harrowing ones performed on the top of a moving train -- no CGI here.) It also features one of his strongest female co-stars in Michelle Yeoh (later in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), a trained dancer who performs her own stunts and is Chan's equal in skill and presence. They have strong screen chemistry together, posing as brother and sister on an undercover mission.

Unfortunately, this is also one of Chan's most atypically violent films, and relies rather heavily on guns and shootouts instead of martial arts. And while it has some humor, it's not one of Chan's funniest films either; the subject matter (drug cartels and numerous killings) tends to put a damper on the laughs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh performing their own stunts. How dangerous is their work? What kind of training goes into it? What happens when they get hurt?

  • Jackie eventually learns that his female partner can be counted on as an equal. How did he see women before and how did he come to change his views?

  • There is an extreme use of guns in this movie. Does this movie glorify guns, or are they scary? Are the guns unnecessary in a film that also includes martial arts?

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