Ladies and gentlemen , if you have watched any of the movies in the ITLOD series , then I am sure you must have a favourite.
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE !!
Action speactale of the highest order , with no leg room for redundant comedic routines nor any recourse into a passionless development of characters that an audience can never connect with. This is just pure adrenalin laden , high-octane entertainment with some of the most ineventive fights and novel stunts you have ever seen..........
I imagine if this movie was made in our present time , the use of wire-works might blight rather than augment the martial arts capabilities of CYNTHIA KHAN and company ; but the fights are created and re-created in a way that puts realism to the fore.
Two japanese assassins / robbers , does a heist on a jewellery exhibition with bloody consequences for several people including the partner of a top japanese detective -HIROSHI FUJIOKA-. Inspector okata (FUJIOKA) begins a relentless and deadly pusuit of the pair to hong kong where, madam yeung--CYNTHIA KHAN-- has jurisdiction. Two independent schools of law enforcement methodology conflicts between KHAN and FUJIOKA as the unyielding quest for vengeance vs. the observance to proper police protocol plays itself out amidst the carnage of dead bodies left by the pair of assassins.
The movie never lets up in the martial arts , gun-play and stunts department, as the YUENS CLAN elite ,( brandy yuen; yuen yat cho; yuen chung yan) provides the setting , the cast and the story to give life to one of the best films of the genre .
CYNTHIA KHAN is lovely, feminine and exudes grace and charm as she demonstrates in no uncertain manner why she is one of the best female action stars of that era.
MICHIKO NISHIWAKA is fierce ,determined ,gritty with an uncompromising resolve to do evil. Her physique contrasts wonderfully with that of CYNTHIA KHAN'S ; as while both possesses considerable sex appeal ,KHAN is soft ,benign yet poignant ; while NISHIWAKA is ridgid ,vivacious yet alluring . Her mano-o-mano showdown with KHAN in a couple of secens , especially the final fight scene , was simply for the annals of movie making---simply fantastic !!!
This is what action set pieces are all about , this is what made hong kong cinema a trend setter of the eighties and early nineties , this is pure old school fun, wrapped together in ninety minutes or so of utter delight.
............this is a must see
......................a must have.