Brush Up My Sisters
Huh? What the heck does that title mean? Not a
clue not even after watching this film but who needs a sensible title
when you have Jade Leung, Pinky Cheung, Teresa Mak and Natalie Ng on a
cover with guns in hand and midriff given exposure like a Hong Kong tourist
landmark. Someone, somewhere must have done a psychological study on men
to determine what motivates buying habits and come to the easy conclusion
that guns, girls and flesh are like leading a sucker to his salvation.
If I had a mirror, I would be looking at one of the bigger suckers I know.
Just call me Pavlov and put a bone in front of me.
This film is somewhat of an easy and sad comparison
to make to Hong Kong films of ten years ago. Just having recently seen
The Inspector Wears Skirts II and IV from the early 90s, this film follows
along the same lines of female recruits at the police academy with a mix
of comedy and action but it falls so woefully short of either. Here is
the big action finale of this film the one thing that those IWS films
did with a blast Jaime Luk is holding a gun on Teresa Mak and Pinky and
Natalie come behind him and hold on to your shorts hit him with shovels!
Wow it sent goose bumps up and down my arms and legs it was filmed
with such style and energy (and on video too!) again in case you missed
it - they sneak up behind him, lift their shovels and hit him try and
picture just how exciting the scene is I felt like I was witnessing the
beginning of a new genre, Girls with Shovels.
Lets go back though to the beginning of this possible
landmark film. Teresa talks to her dead sister in her nightmares and
decides that she needs to revenge her murder. So she buys a gun on the
sly only to realize when she gets home that it is from Toys-R-Us oops.
But then she notices that policemen/women carry guns so what better way
to get a gun than to join the force and go through weeks of grueling training
which will also of course improve her aim.
Pinky is a paparazzi but needs to come up with
an idea for the scandal magazine she works for and so persuades her boss
to let her join the academy and she will try and get pictures of any lesbian
going ons between the recruits and their teachers. Natalie on the other
hand has a great reason to join love. She has a crush on the patrolman
in her neighborhood (Jackie Lui) but he tells her that he will only date
a fellow cop so she enlists. Their tough taskmaster is Jade who doesnt
have a lot to do in this film besides looking stern and staying awake.
So the big question from any male readers might
be what is the sex quotient here is it worth my $12 for a cheap thrill.
Well, not really but at the same time there was one rather absurd, irrelevant
and totally cheesecake scene that almost made the film worth viewing. For
no reason that comes to mind a female police instructor decides to have
her cadets play volleyball in bathing suits and she is in the skimpiest
one of them all. Its not much to hang your hat on but I would guess
that there are people out there whose thing is women and volleyballs
I am not one of them but I have to admit it was kind of fun!
My rating for this film: 2.0 (for the volleyball