HULK’S FAVORITE MOVIES (VOL. I): SUPERCOP

January 14, 2011

HULK HISTORICALLY LOVE JACKIE CHAN.

SURE, RECENT FORAY INTO FAMILY FARE DISAPPOINTING, BUT TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE. THE MAN GOT OLD AFTER ALL. AND THOSE MOVIES FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL FOR MOST PART(YOU BE SURPRISED). REALLY THE ONLY PROBLEM THAT THEY MAKE EASY FORGET THAT FOR OVER 30 YEARS, JACKIE CHAN DELIVER CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING KUNG FU MOVIES; STUFFED WITH KIND OF THRILLS EVERY SPECIAL EFFECT IN WORLD CAN NO ACHIEVE.

AND HULK LOVE HULK SOME KUNG FU MOVIE.

ALL JACKIE CHAN HONG KONG FILMS [BASICALLY ANYTHING PRE-RUSH HOUR(1998)] ARE INTERESTING THING. FIRST OFF, THERE ALMOST 100 OF THEM. AND YET THERE WAY IN WHICH THEY ALL THE FREAKING SAME. BUT THE DEGREES IN WHICH THEY DIFFERENT DETERMINE THE RELATIVE SUCCESS OF MOVIE TO HULK. IF THEY ESTABLISH A FUN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHARACTERS, IT WORK. IF PLOT NOT TOTALLY INSIPID, IT WORK. AND EVEN WORST OF THESE MOVIES AVOID BEING BORING FOR MOST PART BECAUSE JACKIE ALWAYS SUPPLY ENTERTAINING AND MAYBE INSANE ACTION SCENE. BUT OF THE HANDFUL OF “BEST” JACKIE CHAN MOVIES, HULK’S FAVORITE UNQUESTIONABLE:

RELEASED SIMPLY AS “SUPERCOP” IN USA, IT ACTUAL HONG KONG TITLE: “POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP.” MEANING IT THIRD FILM IN SERIES WITH SAME “INSPECTOR CHAN” CHARACTER. THIS MOVIE HAVE BENEFIT OF BEING IN STAGE OF CAREER WHEN JACKIE CHAN BONAFIDE STAR IN ASIA. WHAT IT MISS IN GRIMY, HOMESPUN FUN OF HIS EARLY WORK, IT MAKE UP FOR ACTUAL PRODUCTION VALUE AND QUALITY CO-STARS (YOU MAY SEE THIS MOVIE AND THINK HULK INSANE, BUT TRUST HULK. THE EARLY MOVIES FAR, FAR WORSE).

JACKIE’S “INSPECTOR CHAN” CHARACTER FOR POLICE STORY MOVIES REALLY NO DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS. JACKIE ALWAYS PLAY EITHER (1) SOME KIND OF LAW ENFORCEMENT/SPY/GOVERNEMENT TYPE WHO ASSIGNED TO SOME CASE (IT REALLY NOT MATTER WHAT KIND). OR (2) HE HAVE SOME RANDOM GENERIC PROFESSION (LIKE, EVEN A COOK) AND THEN HE GET WRAPPED UP IN SOME SORT OF TANGENTIAL PLOT INVOLVING GENERIC GANGS OF GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY STUFF. THIS USUALLY INVOLVING A FAMILY OF VICTIMS COMPLETELY WITH YOUNG LOVE INTEREST (WHAT GREAT ABOUT THESE IS EVEN IF JACKIE PLAYING A COOK, HE STILL KNOW SHIT TON OF KUNG FU).

THEN YOU KNOW REST: JACKIE FIGHT. HE ACT SILLY. HE JUMP AROUND THINGS.  HE PERFORM BATSHIT CRAZY STUNTS. HE USE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO BEAT UP THUGS (SOMETHING JASON STATHEM WISELY STEAL). THESE THINGS THAT ALL JACKIE MOVIE HAVE AND NEED.

SERIOUSLY, THE MAN IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SERIOUS ENTERTAINMENT:

STILL, HULK INSIST THE PLOT ITSELF MATTER. SEE SUPERCOP ACTUALLY HAVE GOOD PLOT… BY GOOD PLOT, HULK MEAN IT ACTUALLY HAVE PLOT. AND THIS INCREDIBLY BASIC ATTENTION TO STORYTELLING MAKE IT ODDLY COMPELLING MOVIE.

JACKIE’S INSPECTOR CHEN CHARACTER HAVE GO UNDERCOVER TO JAIL AND INFILTRATE DRUG ORGANIZATION OF MAN NAMED CHABAIT. JACKIE HAS HELP CHABAIT ESCAPE AND USE THAT TRUST TO GET IN INNER CIRCLE AND FIND OUT ALL HE CAN ABOUT HIS DRUG TRADE. IT KIND OF LIKE THE DEPARTED ONLY NOT AT ALL. NOW, ALL THIS PLOT STUFF HAPPEN FAIRLY LACKADAISICALLY COMPARED TO OUR MODERN OVERWROUGHT STANDARDS, BUT WHEN COMPARE TO REST OF JACKIE/KUNG FU FILMS AT TIME (WHICH MERELY “PRESENT” THESE PLOT DEVELOPMENTS VERBATIM AND THEN KEEP MOVING), THIS ACTUALLY CRACKLING STUFF. YOU BE SURPRISED JUST HOW MUCH EFFECT THINGS… IT ALMOST LIKE ACTUAL MOVIE.

BUT LET NOT KID HULKSELF. WHAT MAKE SUPERCOP AMAZING ACTUALLY ONE THING:

MICHELLE YEOH = THE PROVERBIAL SHIT.

YOUNGER HULK MAY HAVE FALL IN LOVE WITH MISS YEOH IN THIS MOVIE. THIS ACTUALLY ONE OF HER EARLIER PERFORMANCES AND MAKE HER BREAKOUT STAR. SO MUCH SO SHE GET THE SEQUEL TO THIS MOVIE (SUPERCOP 2) AS HER OWN VEHICLE. WHAT AMAZING (BUT OBVIOUS WHEN WATCH CLOSELY) THAT MICHELLE YEOH HAVE NO MARTIAL ARTS BACKGROUND. SHE A TRAINED DANCER WHO CONVERT OBVIOUS OVERLAP IN SKILLS. STILL, SHE GREAT AND ACQUIT HERSELF AMAZINGLY (MORE ON THAT LATER).

BUT REALLY SHE AN EVEN BETTER ACTRESS.

SEE WHAT MAKE JACKIE CHAN MOVIES REALLY WORK IS  WHEN THE SURROUNDING CHARACTERS GOOD (AND NOT INSUFFERABLE CHILDREN AND PERPETUAL VICTIMS HULK KEEP MENTIONING). BILL TUNG A CONSTANT IN JACKIE’S MOVIES OF THIS PERIOD AND FOR GOOD REASON. HIS BUMBLING “UNCLE/CHIEF” CHARACTER TOTALLY EFFECTIVE FOR PURPOSES OF THESE MOVIE. AND MAGGIE CHEUNG’S “GIRLFRIEND” CHARACTER DEFINITELY UNDERRATED. SHE TAKE THAT “PERPETUAL VICTIM” THING HULK HATE ABOUT THESE MOVIES AND TURN IT INTO GREAT PARODY OF SELF.  HER CONSTANT BEING IN DANGER JUST PLAY FOR LAUGHS.

BUT MICHELLE YEOH PERFECT. SHE JUST MORE BADASS AND JUST AS CAPABLE AS JACKIE. BETTER YET, THEIR DYNAMIC HELP RELEGATE JACKIE TO HIS MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE “CLOWN STATUS” ALLOWING IT WORK BEAUTIFULLY. YET EVEN WHEN BEING THE STRAIGHT MAN, SHE KNOW JUST HOW TO THROW A PERFECT ALLURING SMILE IN MIDST OF. THIS CREATE THAT WHOLE “CHEMISTRY” THING EVERYONE KEEP MENTIONING ABOUT MOVIE. SHE BRING OUT BEST WORK OF JACKIE’S CAREER.

AND LIKE, JACKIE. SHE WILLING TO THROW HERSELF INTO ANYTHING. JUST WATCH ONE OF HULK’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE STUNT:

INCREDIBLE.

SUPERCOP UNDOUBTEDLY SILLY. BUT IT COME ALONG AT TIME IN HULK’S LIFE WHERE IT JUST TOTALLY MAKE SENSE. THE MOVIE WORK EVEN BETTER TODAY. WATCH ANY BORING BIG BUDGET BLOCKBUSTER (TRON, TRANSFORMERS 2, ETC) THAT DO NOTHING BUT PRESENT SPECIAL EFFECTS WITH NO WEIGHT OR GRAVITY. THEN COMPARE TO THE TANGIBLE NATURE OF JACKIE CHAN MOVIES, AND BY EXTENSION EASTERN KUNG FU MOVIE AT LARGE. AND IT JUST SO REFRESHING.

SO FOR WHAT IT IS, IT HULK’S FAVORITE OF THE GENRE.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, IT ONE OF HULK’S FAVORITE 30-ISH MOVIES EVER.

ENDNOTE:

*HULK JUST WANT MENTION HILARIOUS ANOMALY IN JACKIE CHAN’S CAREER: THE PROTECTOR. IT TERRIBLE ATTEMPT TO TRANSLATE JACKIE INTO THE “BAD 80′S ACTION MOVIE.” IT EVEN CO-STAR DANNY AIELLO. BUT REALLY THE MOVIE JUST COMPLETE SHIT. IT TRY TURN JACKIE INTO NO-NONSENSE SUNGLASS WEARING BAD ASS (AS WAS POPULAR AT TIME). IT RUIN EVERYTHING THAT MAKE JACKIE CHAN SPECIAL AND UNIQUE. IT FULL OF GRITTY OUT-OF-NOWHERE NUDITY (DON’T GET HULK WRONG. HULK LIKE BOOBS AND ALL, BUT TOTALLY UNECCESSARY IN A JACKIE CHAN MOVIE). AND WORST OF ALL IT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NONE OF JACKIE’S BAD ASS  STUNTWORK AND FIGHTING. SERIOUSLY!!! IT A TOTAL WASTE OF MOVIE… HULK MAY ANALYZE AND TEAR IT NEW BUTT-HOLE FOR YOU SOME TIME LATER.

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5 Responses to “HULK’S FAVORITE MOVIES (VOL. I): SUPERCOP”

  1. Phil said

    Man, Hulk, I haven’t seen this thing since junior high, but since you write so persuasively and passionately, I just added it and ‘Rumble in the Bronx’ (which was my favorite Jackie Chan movie for a *long* time) to my Netflix instant queue. And to think, I was worried I wasn’t going to be doing anything this weekend.

  2. The Late Thag Simmons said

    Thag love the outtake where Michelle drive off train and crash. But don’t worry, cardboard boxes there, no problem!

  3. mash said

    I love Jackie Chan.

  4. [...] SUPERCOP – WHAT IS NOT GREAT ABOUT THIS MOVIE? [...]

  5. I love this movie for many reasons. One of them, oddly enough, is that it incorporates a durian as a prop into one of the fight scenes – I thought was a wonderful touch for that most deadly and stinky fruits.

    I am (from what I can recall) a fan of Armour of God also, although it is admittedly a blur now.

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