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