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Gen-X Cops

Top row: Jaymee Ong, Nicholas Tse and Daniel Wu.
Bottom row: Stephen Fung, Sam Lee and Grace Yip.
Chinese: 特警新人類  
Year: 1999  
Director: Benny Chan Muk-Sing  
Action: Li Chung-Chi  
Cast: Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung, Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Grace Yip Pui-Man, Daniel Wu, Toru Nakamura, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Jaymee Ong, Terence Yin, Moses Chan Ho, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Gordon Lam Ka-Tung, Bradley James Allan, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong (cameo), Jackie Chan (cameo)
The Skinny: Big budget action film from Jackie Chan and Media Asia proves to be a welcome diversion despite its wannabe Hollywood moviemaking style.
by Kozo:

Aping big-budget western filmmaking seems to be HK’s new pastime. The trend was pioneered two years ago with the excitingly bland Downtown Torpedoes, and now we’ve got Gen-X Cops. Simply put, it’s Mod Squad in HK. Rebellious police cadets Jack (Nicholas Tse), Match (Stephen Fung), and Alien (Sam Lee) are recruited by wacky cop Eric Tsang to go undercover as common thugs. Aiding them is Y2K (Grace Yip), a teenybopper hacker who’s their eyes and ears. Hopefully, these brash kids will be able to take down vicious punk Daniel (Daniel Wu), who’s connected to evil arms dealer Akatora (Toru Nakamura). It seems there’s some missing rocket fuel or some other plot device that allows our heroes an arena in which to strut their stuff.

These three cops are all attitude and no planning; it’s a good thing they’re tough as all hell. With a minimal amount of police work and a maximum amount of fisticuffs, our three intrepid heroes rout the bad guys in a formulaic blend of genre clichés. For example, there are bastard cops led by Moses Chan who despise the Gen-X Cops, and Daniel’s new girlfriend Haze (Jaymee Ong) happens to be a former flame of Match’s. Plus our three heroes find time out to soul search about their newfound jobs.

Few surprises populate this calculated, commercial piece of fluff. Thankfully, Benny Chan (Big Bullet, Who Am I?) happens to be the director. Probably HK’s most competent commercial director, Chan gives us well-executed action sequences and good stunt work, as well as surprisingly good performances from his pop star cast. Nicholas Tse carries himself well as Jack, even when he’s speaking English. Able support is provided by Francis Ng, who plays local crime boss Lok with his usual scene-stealing flamboyance. Despite its cheesy trappings, Gen-X Cops shows a lot of panache. Sure it’s all in the name of Hollywood wannabe status, but it’s passable entertainment. (Kozo 2000)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Mega Star (HK)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandrain Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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