Michelle Yeoh, however, plays the same character as she did in Police Story 3 (which was known as Supercop in the US and did star JC?are you keeping up?), a hard-as-nails mainland Chinese cop named Yang. She is called to Hong Kong to lend her expertise and assist in the apprehension of a gang of Chinese criminals who are pulling heists right left and centre and peeing-off the local cops.
The police operations are going swimmingly until Yang recognises one of the criminals as Cheng Feng, her boyfriend from China who left for HK to find his fortune, and the two become reacquainted under somewhat difficult circumstances.
With a decidedly routine plot, Project S needed to be something special in the action department in order to compensate, but despite some cracking fight action towards the end, there is far too much quiet time spent between bouts. The action is also geared towards gun-play rather than martial arts, so those expecting a full on fight-fest will be disappointed. That is not to say that Yeoh and co-stars don't display some wonderful skills from time to time; the high kicking action is pretty good when it happens?it just doesn't happen often enough.
The final half an hour, which has the gang attempt a daring bank robbery, offers the best dose of action, with Yang going up against a foe twice her size (and kicking ass, of course!).
Director Stanley Tong and star Michelle Yeoh have both made far better films than this, but if your expectations are not set too high, you may find Project S a reasonable way to spend your time (although 105 minutes was a tad too long for me!).
A Chinese drug lord plagues Hong Kong. A Hong Kong detective is assigned a Chinese military officer to help bring the drug lord down. The detective is worried this mission may be more than he can handle and isn't sure his female comrade will alleviate his concerns. He will need to bring down the drug lord in an elusive but effective way. Can he work with his Chinese counterpart?
"She gave me her female back talk so I thought I'd teach her a lesson."
Stanley Tong, director of Rumble in the Bronx, Jackie Chan's First Strike, Supercop 2, The Legend of the Swordsman, and China Strike Force, delivers Supercop. The storyline for this picture is just okay and could have been better. The action scenes were pretty good and well choreographed and the comedic contest was entertaining. The acting is as you'd expect for the genre and the cast includes Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Wah Yuen, Kenneth Tsang, and Kim Penn.
"You and your sister are so affectionate."
Supercop is a movie I procrastinated on seeing again because I remember this being just another Chan picture. Watching it again it is a nice addition to the genre and entertaining. I wouldn't call this anything special or a must have for your martial arts DVD collection, but it is a must see for fans of the genre.
"You think I'm going to work with you again?"
Grade: C+/B (6.5)