Story of the Gun - aka Lethal
One mini-rant before I proceed. Tai Seng released
this film as part of their Lethal series under the title Lethal Girls 2
even though it is commonly known as Story of the Gun. I would not be too
bothered by that except that I had already bought Story, but had not yet
watched it– so I was a bit annoyed to find out I had two videos of the
same film. I expect fly by night video distributors to release films under
different titles, but expect something more from a place like Tai Seng.
Ok on to the film.
In some ways this is an interesting film – more
for some of the sideline plots than the main one – but it doesn’t have
nearly enough action. It basically covers a HK cop Gordon Liu – in a frightful
toupee – trying to track down some gun smugglers on the Mainland and then
back in HK. The smugglers are Yukari Oshima and Mark Cheng. Liu eventually
gets the assistance of Sophia Crawford – an Interpol agent.
Much of the first hour of the film is much more
plot driven than action oriented as nearly everyone is ready to betray
everyone else – from the cops to the bad guys. And time is made for both
Gordon and Yukari to get a little romance in and a few passionate kisses.
I can’t recall too many films where Yukari gets kissed.
Another interesting thread is the hostile attitude
the film takes to the Mainland. Life is portrayed as very harsh and Yukari
– who is the daughter of a high official – is only involved in the smuggling
so that she can leave China. She gives this impassioned speech “I had everything
in China – except my freedom”.
Finally in the last thirty minutes the action
cranks up and some of it is decent, but not really all that memorable.
Two fights between Yukari and Sophia are ok. Apparently, Sophia badly twisted
her ankle and so they shoot her in the leg so that she can limp through
her last scenes.