MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

A well-known action star in Asia, Jackie Chan makes his second entrance into American films this year with SUPERCOP. Kevin (Chan), a Hong Kong policeman, is assigned to an undercover drug case in China. Working with Chief Yang (Michelle Khan), he infiltrates a drug cartel ruled by the ruthless Chaibat (Ken Tsang). Chaibat needs to break his wife out of a Malaysian prison because only she has the code for the Swiss bank accounts. The adventure provides frequent opportunities for martial arts fights. A scene at a drug lord's fields gets punctuated by explosions and numerous shootings. The action is non-stop and Khan manages to perform almost as many stunts as Chan. Like most action films, the emphasis is on stuntwork and this film is no exception. But the Asian crew does most of their own stunts, which can be seen in the outtakes at the end. This equal opportunity adventure for both genders also includes some sly humor and the occasional poor voice dubbing notorious in this type film. Overall, SUPERCOP doesn't take itself seriously and makes for a fun outing.

Chan adds humor to the stunts by downplaying his abilities. But the excessive number of martial arts fights with severe hits and kicks, flaming bodies in explosions and graphic shootings detract from the film. Although there's no sex or nudity in the film. Kevin kisses his girlfriend on a bed, suggesting he can be late for a meeting, but it seems that nothing else happens. Later at a hotel, his girlfriend is mistaken for a prostitute. One male cop masquerades as Chan's mother. For a comical moment, his false breasts fall to the floor. Although there are only two obscenities, a rap song on the soundtrack uses the f-word two times. With the frequent level of severe violence, SUPERCOP doesn't quite leap to the acceptable level

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Miramax Films (Dimension Films), 375 Greenwich, New York, NY 10013

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Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 5, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Few (4) times - S-word 1, other 1, rap song with 2 f-words

Profanity: Exclamatory once

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (martial arts hits and kicks; explosions; men in flames; graphic shootings; high fall; man drowned)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Couple kissing on bed, clothed; women mistaken for prostitutes

Drugs: Drug cartel argues about its product

Other: Man masquerades as an older woman; false breasts drop to floor

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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