Cop Shop Babes

For those of you with more discerning taste than I have (that would be most of you I believe) who found Martial Angels to be a torturous barefooted walk on broken glass, I advise you to put a large continent between yourself and Cop Shop Babes! Don’t be misled like I was by the cover into thinking that this would be a tender and intimate look into the female bonding that takes place in the world of women law enforcement. I was shocked to find out that this film actually seemed to place a higher premium on cleavage than it did on storytelling or relationships. Shocked, I tell you. In fact, this film like the before mentioned Martial Angels are both sadly under the impression that weak willed males will be satisfied by simply filling the screen with a bevy of curvaceous beauties. Where does such troglodyte thinking come from? Don’t producers know that we are offended by women wearing clingy low cut bathing suits for no purpose whatsoever or are in fact repelled by exploitive scenes such as having them tied up and hosed down – in slo-mo! We should start a letter campaign. Right after I watch this film again.
Actually, I don’t think I will be watching this one again any time soon. Even the pleasures of watching these lovely new actresses along with a lovely older one, could not make up for what a dreary bore this is. Look closely at the cover above. See those two twits in the bottom right hand corner? Now look above them and see those splendid and highly talented actresses. Who would you prefer spending 90-minutes watching? Frighteningly, the director apparently thought we would prefer the company of Eason Chan and Jerry Lam – two less exciting actors I can hardly begin to imagine – but they are the focus of this film. Oh, and Cheung Tat Ming - we get to watch him do various animal impersonations for a seeming eternity while dressed up in drag. There are times I wish I could hijack a film set and make my own movie!
Jerry Lam, Eason Chan, Cheung Tat Ming, Cathy Chui
I have no doubt that these young actresses – Lillian Ho, Lam Wai-ling, Li Shan-shan, Cathy Chui and Fu Tin-wing – are fine actresses with years of stage experience and schooling at the HK Academy of Performers – (likely the top of their respective classes) but it is admittedly a little difficult to evaluate their thespian skills in this film. The director seems intent on giving them as little to say as possible, but they still managed to shine through his negligence. Lillian Ho has clearly been spending her exile in Taiwan wisely practicing her pout. I can only begin to imagine the arduous workouts she gave that lower lip in front of the mirror – the bleeding, the blisters – it makes you want to cry at such devotion to her craft. Now Lam Wai-ling looks to have stopped growing height wise a long ways back, but she never gave up on her breasts and they have reached award worthy proportions. This is a good thing as her breasts do most of the acting here – and deserve some sort of supporting award for the hose water scene – they came under a lot of intense pressure in that scene but never once asked for a stunt double. What troopers they are.
Tony Ho, Carina Lau and Eason
Li Shan-shan is the standout here of the young crop of starlets. In more ways than one. She not only gets more screen time than the others – but her cleavage is given the royal treatment in a number of scenes. They probably had their own chair to rest in between shots. I was worried that Lam’s breasts would get upset over the attention being paid to Li Shan-shan’s, but a truce was declared and all went home happy. Doing her best to keep a low profile is Fu Tin-wing. She has the toughest acting role – having to pretend to be romantically interested in Eason Chan – they must have drawn straws and Fu clearly lost. Rounding out this young female cast is poor Cathy Chui – from Tsui Hark’s Time and Tide (the policewoman) to Cop Shop Babes. Her manager – “Cathy, have I got a great role for you – that crummy Tide and Time doesn’t seem to have ruined your career after all. You will love this – you spend the whole movie speaking English, whining and being wooed by Jerry Lam. This could put your career back in high gear.”
Fu Tin-wing, Li Shan-shan and Lam Wai-ling
Somewhere in this is the wonderful Carina Lau. Every time I see Carina I hope she will repeat her little stairway hootchie-kootchie dance from Days of Being Wild but such was not the case. Of course, I think that being in this film is some clever plan to get Tony Leung back. There can be no other explanation. How could he not feel some sympathy after watching her being nuzzled by a blotchy Wong Jing. She is also looking fabulous. She has become a spokesperson for a spa in Hong Kong and has been working out and has it ever paid off. I think Tony be big fool for having wandering eye. Looking good IS the best revenge.
Li Shan-shan, Lillian Ho, Cathy Chui and Li Fei
The movie. Do I have to? All these women work for Carina – and Eason and Jerry also get assigned to the group. Eason chases after Li and Fu – Jerry goes after Cathy – Carina chases her self-respect. They all go after a mad bomber, Tony Ho, and his bad-ass moll, Li Fei. Some outtakes are shown at the end and Tony mistakenly slaps Li as hard as hell across the face. She just shakes it off and says lets try it again. She is the only actor in this film that can do an action scene with some authenticity and I wish she had more time than she does in this film – though she does have the only half decent fight scene against Li Shan-shan. One other minor highlight of the film is a rare appearance from the big Frankie Chan (the one in Full Contact) as one of Ho’s thugs. Other highlights? Let me get back to you on that one.
Wong Jing, Carina and the rest

My rating for this film: 4.0