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Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 05/16/2009

“How did we miss this?” I wondered as the no nonsense Colonel Yang with her peaked cap, epaulets and horribly tailored uniform coat was drafted to free a hostage held by a group of heavily armed and fanatical terrorists. How indeed? We were watching “Supercop 2” simply to see Michele Yeoh in action again and I thought we had seen most of her films and all of her action roles. So this was a nice surprise.

Yeoh was in her glory. She was committed to her role, fit and athletic and clearly ready to resume her career. While her shift from tough cop to besotted young woman in love took place with an almost audible grinding of histrionic gears she did both aspect of the role well. That bifurcated characterization was one of several dualities that were present in “Supercop 2” and which define its structure and are integral to both its plot and character development.

The first of conceptual twinned pairs is within Officer Jessica Yang herself. We first see her as a relentless and courageous cop, inventing new forms of creative violence on the fly while she fights her way out of the hostage situation, freeing the finance minister and smashing a number of terrorists while doing so. That the terrorists were tough guys and gals was shown by who played them, including Oshima Yukari, who sets the tone with her signature flashy kicks. Among those held hostage is David Chang, Jessica’s true love, who seems to have screwed things up, being held captive by the people he was charged with defending the finance minister against, which leads to the next scene and the sudden shift in our heroine’s character. She goes from tough cop to simpering, besotted young woman in the less time than it takes to tell. Riding her olive drab, PRC issued motorcycle with sidecar to Chang’s home, Jessica all but melts when he hands her a wrapped gift, going from the Terminatrix to Sandra Dee in “Tammy and the Doctor” in the blink of an eye. We know that the course of true love never runs smooth but there won’t be a bridge over these troubled waters when the final credits roll. Officer Yang has to make a choice between being an armed servant of the people or a girl with a crush on the cutest boy in town (her opening scenes with Chang really laid on that thickly).

Another contrasting pair is between the two sets of criminals who we follow as they plan a huge bank robbery. The PRC gangsters are disciplined former army Special Forces personnel, fanatically loyal to their officers and to their unit, ready to carry out any orders at any time even while being attacked by the police. The Hong Kong hoodlums, on the other hand, are more typical crooks. Led by a gold chain wearing hipster, they are in it for the money, willing to hold together if it is their individual interests. Yet another involves the disparity in competence between Officer Yang and the two Hong Kong cops she is sent to advise. Inspector Lee Ming and Officer Kuo Shao Long are hesitant, unsure of themselves and their mission and easily fooled while Jessica Yang is—well she is Jessica Yang, scourge of enemies of the People. While they dither, she kicks in doors.

One reason the Hong Kong officers might hang back, and another set of paired differences is the inequality of firepower between them and the robbers, although they don’t help matters much by their incompetence with firearms. The police have short barreled pistols while the bad guys have automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades and radio-detonated explosives. As befits their status as former soldiers, the men of the PRC gang are very skillful with their weaponry while their adversaries, the Hong Kong forces of law and order, are barely competent. One example occurred when Inspector Ming’s revolver lost its cylinder while he was trying to reload—it rolled away so he and Jessica had to search for it while under fire. A bit later during the same gunfight Officer Long managed to drop a clip while trying to reload his semi-automatic pistol. It seemed to be the only spare. They clearly need some lessons on weapon care and maintenance while it is second nature to the guys shooting at them.

There is some unintentional (I think) comedy whenever the Hong Kong cops, particularly Officer Long, try to shadow or stake out the robbers. They always get noticed by their quarry. When Officer Long tries to keep an eye on one of the gang leaders who is meeting with the man ultimately behind the scheme he looks as guilty as a kid with his hand in the cookie jar and stands out as the only person dressed like a slob in a hotel lobby full of gray suited businessmen. They can’t shoot straight and they can’t even keep an eye on a gang of bad guys operating in their area.

The scene with Jackie Chan in drag foiling a jewel robbery attempt by Eric Tsang in matching drag might have been funnier when “Supercop 2” was made. It also could have been dropped into any police movie not starring Jackie Chan and added nothing to our enjoyment of this one.

The action was exemplary, from the first brutal set of battles while freeing the hostage to the very end. Jessica Yang is tough and smart and generally seems like the most competent person in the world. She is surrounded by idiots, has an almost fatal flaw and battles a worthy adversary. An excellent vehicle for Michele Yeoh and highly recommended

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: steve_cole1
Date: 07/10/2007
Summary: OK Action Film

Average action film with some good stunts best bit was Jackie Chan and Eric Tsangs Drag Cameo

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/26/2005

A sequel/spin-off from the popular Police Story 3 with Yeoh reprising her role as the tough Mainland cop. This time, she's sent to Hong Kong as an observer to help out the local cops bring down some terrorists. Of course, she doesn't remain neutral for long and decides to help out the HK cops whether they want her to or not. Chan's role is limited to a small cameo (in drag!) and Tung is once again the lovable old "Uncle Bill."

Director Stanley Tong has done many of Jackie Chan's recent films and his touch shows here. The plot is very Chan-esque (read: paper-thin) and there's lots of comedy which you might find stupid and detrimental to the plot if you don't like Jackie Chan movies. But once again Michelle Yeoh shows why she is one of HK's top female stars. Her fight sequences are quite impressive and she looks damn good doing them (even though she wears a silly-looking hat for some of the movie). A bit slow-moving in parts (mostly due to the mandatory romantic subplot, which turns into a fairly predictable plot twist), but action fans won't be disappointed with this movie.

Note: Dimension's US version Supercop 2 is cut by about eight minutes, with the major deletion coming with the death of one of the characters (in the HK version, they are shown being crushed by a steel door, while in the US version they drown off-screen). There are also some seemingly unnecessary voiceovers at the beginning and end of the film, which change its' tone a bit. The dubbing is okay, with Michelle Yeoh supplying her own voice and the rest of the crew doing a decent job. Overall, HK purists will want to hunt down the import version, but if you're in a pinch, it'll do.

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Reviewed by: Jackal
Date: 04/19/2005
Summary: This is the classical action film

I very like to action-movie. This film overfill great action and martial arts episodes. Director gather great action actors. There are Michelle Yeoh, Yu Rong Guang, Dick Wei and more. Yu Rong Guang is cool.

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/24/2002

I was pretty disapointed with this. This is a continuation of the story involving Michelle Yeoh from Police Story III. The action is pretty good for her, but something just made this film feel so empty.

Worth seeing if you do get the chance, but not worth buying as I wouldn't watch it again.

A funny appearance by Jackie Chan too, as he goes back to his opera roots!

Rating: 2/5

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/05/2001
Summary: Pretty good

I dont' remember too much about this movie but i remember it was pretty good!! It is somehow, i think linked to Police story but i am not sure!!

I wont say much since there are so many reviews but this is pretty good


Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Some pretty good action sequences and the always charismatic Michelle Yeoh save this standard mainland-cop-comes-to-HK movie.

Reviewed by: Crap
Date: 12/09/1999

There are 2 sequels to Police story 3 (Supercop). This one which contains much action (Starring Michelle Khan) and another (police story 4 - First strike) which is more like a comedy, though with some great stunts (Starring Jackie Chan).. Once a Cop is an absolute action/FF. The plot isnt too intelligent, but if u are into the Police stories and a Michelle Khan fan, then u must see this one. (Cameo appearance by Jackie Chan dressed up like a women)

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Great but brief opening action sequence and a prolonged 30-minute action sequence involving a bank heist at the end holds your interest. Michelle Khan's boyfriend is the bad guy, which provides an emotional twist, although a rather predictable one.

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Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

The pumped-up semi-sequel to SUPERCOP, with Jackie Chan's partnerMichelle Khan reprising her role as a head-kicking Hong Kong police-woman racing to head off an elaborate and inventive heist.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]