Supercop (quick movie review)
What can I say about Supercop? It’s not the best Jackie Chan movie I’ve ever seen, but it gets the job done. That’s a start, but there is at least one more thing I need to mention.
This movie’s attitude toward’s women is… I dunno. Misogynistic? Old fashioned? Sexist? Chauvinistic? Let’s just go with bad. It’s as though the female lead (Michelle Yeoh) can never earn the male lead’s (Jackie Chan) respect. It doesn’t matter that she’s an accomplished woman from the second we meet her and then immediately shows off what a bad ass she is in her first fight by saving all of the men... but it just doesn’t matter to them. She’s still a girl. It barely seems to get anyone’s attention when she jumps a motorcycle onto a moving train! Meanwhile, the love interest (Maggie Cheung) is assumed to be a prostitute in one scene just because… I dunno. Look, I’m not expert on the culture of Asia and I appreciate that this movie is twenty years old, but I’m pretty sure it’s not OK to call random women prostitutes or throw them in a pool and hurl foul names at them when they refuse your offer.
Other than that, Supercop does a great job of making light of death and cementing itself as a hardcore 90s movie all at the same time. If you’ve never seen it, give it a look. I’m giving Supercop a 7.5 out of 10. It’s not perfect, but it’s Jackie Chan, so it doesn’t have to be.