July 29, 1996 -- One of the top new movies in the country this week is actually an old one.
"Supercop" was actually released in 1992 in Hong Kong. Why is it being released here, now? Because mainstream America is just now waking up to the fact that Jackie Chan is a great action movie star.
It's too bad that "Rumble in the Bronx" was Jackie's first big U.S. release, at least in recent years, because it certainly isn't one of his better films. "Supercop" is a better film in most respects.
"Supercop" is the third film in Jackie's acclaimed "Police Story" series (not to be confused with the spoof TV show and films starring Leslie Nielsen). "Supercop" is also known as "Police Story III." If this film plays in Peoria, expect to see the other "Police Story" movies. This film is, by the way, available on laserdisc.
This film, like other Chan films, relies on fast action scenes (Jackie does his own stunts), humor and great fight choreography to keep the audience entertained. The plot has to do with Chan going undercover to penetrate a drug smuggling operation. But the plot is just an excuse for lots of fights, stunts and explosions. Don't go into this film expecting a lot of deep meaning or heavy emotions, but if you like action films you will be entertained. It rates a B.
Click here for links to places to buy this movie in video and/or DVD format, the soundtrack, books, even used videos, games and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.