This legendary film jump started the Girls with
Guns genre and launched Michelle Yeoh on her way as an action goddess.
Michelle had previously appeared only in a non-action role in Sammo Hung’s
"Owl versus Bumbo" and she had no martial arts experience whatsoever. She
had studied dance though for many years and when the opportunity to do
this film came, she grabbed it. Most of her action scenes were initially
to be done by stuntmen, but she was able to talk the director – Corey Yuen
– into doing most of the action herself. A star was born.
The story is very basic as two cops go after the
villain no matter what the consequences are. In this case though, the two
cops are Michelle and Cynthia Rothrock. They are fantastic - there are
some action scenes that are therapeutic and bring you to your feet. Though
Michelle became a star with this movie, Cynthia's work is almost more impressive.
The final 20-minute fight scene when the two of them take on a roomful
is one of the most amazing action sequences
ever - it contains the incredible balcony - head through glass -
shot of Michelle and other terrific stunts.
Whenever these two are on the screen it sizzles.
The one weakness with the movie is that it spends way too much time focusing
on three lowlifes (Tsui Hark being one) who get involved with the case.
I found that part of the film very uninteresting and just bided my time
till the camera swung back to Michelle. At the time of course Michelle
was not a huge star so you can understand it perhaps, but the director
should have realized movie magic in the making and forgotten about the
silly sub-plot. If the entire film had focused on Michelle and Cynthia,
this movie would be one of the great classics. It still is an essential
HK film to see though.