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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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A couple of uses of "scumbag" and "hell." And Jackie's undercover name is "Fuk-Sang," played for laughs.
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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