Dreaming the Reality
Riders on the Storm
Into the world was born
Into this world was thrown
Killer on the road
These Door lyrics played out in my mind while
watching Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima come walking out of the Bangkok airport
– looking so stylish and so deadly – primed and ready to kill. I’d put
these two up against Pulp Fiction’s Samuel Jackson and Travolta anytime,
any place. They would take them out the minute that Jackson goes into his
monologue – blink of an eye – no time for fancy conversation – just efficient
killing machines. Killers simply never looked this good before.
Brought up since childhood by their foster father,
Eddie Ko, they were trained by him in the art of killing and the art of
showing no mercy, no hesitation, no remorse. You have a target, an assignment
– you finish it no matter what. If a vanload of children get in the way
– well that’s their bad luck. If you are a witness – sorry – consider yourself
dead. They may look chic, but then so does a stiletto blade until it is
stuck inside someone.
Whenever Moon Lee and Yukari show up in the same
film, it is almost a guarantee of a terrific “girls with guns” flick. Angel,
Angel Terminator II, Beauty Inspectors, Kickboxer’s Tears, Yes Madam: A
Serious Shock are all excellent – Avenging Quartet and the Big Deal somewhat
weaker. Occasionally they are on the same side but most often they are
opposing one another with Yukari generally in the role of the villain.
The two are stark contrasts – Moon tough and determined – but always adorable
– while Yukari is tough as nails – sleek but harder than Moon. Together
on the screen they are simply a pleasure to watch.
Here they are both professional killers – almost
like one organism and they can read one another’s thoughts like their own
– their operations are carried out like a well oiled machine because they
know exactly what the other person will be doing – and they know they will
do it right. They carry out a few hits before Ko assigns them to kill an
Interpol agent who is carrying a disk with evidence against him. The hit
takes place in the Bangkok airport and soon Moon and Yukari have much of
the Thai army chasing them through the streets of Bangkok.
They escape but Moon bangs her head and when she
wakes up she has lost her memory and is separated from Yukari – but she
still has the disk. She ends up finding shelter with Sibelle Hu and her
brother who are having problems of their own with a fight promoter. Moon
and the brother begin falling in love – but before long the promoter and
ten machine gun wielding thugs of his start shooting the hell out of Sibelle’s
bar. In a classic scene Moon first cowers behind cover – but then the instincts
come back – like riding a bike – a gun finds its way into her hand and
Sibelle and the brother watch in amazement as Moon takes them out one by
one. When she kills one in cold blooded ferocity, they know she won't be
selling girl scout cookies door to door.
Well love changes a girl or so I am told – even
professional killers – and now Moon begins to question her previous life
- but Ko wants the disk and he wants Moon silenced. Of course he sends
Yukari to do it.
This is just a classic “girls with guns” film.
There is a lot of good action, but the whole family relationship between
Moon and Yukari and Ko plays out well and adds some nice layers to this
action film. The one weakness is that it spends a fair amount of time developing
the sub-plot regarding Sibelle and her brother (though some good kickboxing
matches are included) – and I would have much preferred the time spent
on Moon and Yukari icing a few more people.
My rating for this film: 8.0