(Chao Ji Xue Xiao Ba Wang)
Future Cops took its inspiration from the Street Fighter arcade game. Despite its lower-budget, Future Cops is ten times more inventive a film than the bigger budgeted, higher profile screen adaptation of Street Fighter (1994) that came out around the same time. In fact, the big-budget film Street Fighter seems to have outrightly taken some things from Future Cops the principal villain in both films, The General and General Bison, are almost identical, as is the final freeze frame on the united team.
What takes one aback is the films giddy momentum and the wacky, maniacally paced visual comedy. The action is utterly dizzying characters levitate, spin about in mid-air and bounce off balconies with kicks, have extending legs and arms, can roll up into giant balls, develop spin-tip arms to drill right through opponents. One great action sequence in the middle of the film has two characters throwing cars at one another and blowing up an entire supermarket the good guy is downed but immediately revives upon a kiss from his beloved. The pace never flags for a minute.
The comic energy is equally hilarious with wonderful little throwaway pieces like the mother and her little positive thinking ditties (which come accompanied by their own theme tune). The film even conducts its own bizarre parody of Ghost (1990) during a sequence when everything stops for a song. The plot is unimportant, its surprises fairly predictable but this is unimportant in terms of visual dementia, Future Cops is utterly satisfying.
Trailer here (no English subs):-
Full film available online here:-