Sharon Yeung is fairly amazing. I quite enjoy
watching her on the screen - she has wonderfully strong athletic moves,
but she is not as well known as some of the other femme fighters. This
is partially due to the fact that her career fell to some degree in that
empty period between the end of the kung fu film and the beginning of the
"girls with guns" genre. She had some solid roles in both genres - but
never made the impact in either that she could have considering her skills.
Part of it may be her screen persona as well - she is usually intently
serious and doesn't carry the light comedic charm that Moon or Yukari could
muster. She is a fierce fighter though and has great athletic ability.
Unfortunately, this film does not utilize those skills as well as they
could have though she does have a few lovely moments.
The plot is very haphazard and confusing with
one large side story – a kidnapping being completely forgotten about.
The action is decent, but there is much less of it and it is much less
over the top than in many of the other “girls with guns” films. It's one
of those low budget types in which during a car shootout, though the car
is hit about 50 times no glass is actually shattered. On the other hand,
Sharon's ride on top of the racing van is impressive and the fall off even
Basically, the film follows the efforts of four
policewomen in trying to break up a gang of thieves. The four women are
all related and very close - the heart of the family is Woo Fung - and
they all report to Walter Cho. The best part of the film is when Dick Wei
and Phillip Ko show up as professional killers trying to silence an undercover
cop. They are pretty tough and Wei has a good fight when he takes on three
of the cops and a couple other folks as well and pretty much beats the
hell out of everyone. His character is fairly interesting as the killer
with a strong sense of loyalty. Another interesting aspect of the film
is that the head boss is a cross-dressing deadly female (Ha Chi-chun) who
seems to prize her riding crop quite a lot.
The last twenty minutes has a few surprises and
gets pretty intense, but overall this film was a bit of a letdown. Its
does have a number of solid fights and a fun beginning when the the four
women all beat up some guys and then whip off their cap to allow their
long tresses to blow in the wind!
My rating for this film: 6.0