|Angel Force (1991)|
|Director:||Hua Shan and Simon Chun Yueng|
|Starring:||Moon Lee, Wilson Lam, Shing Fui-On and Wang Lung Wei|
|The Plot: Angel Force begins by introducing the audience to Herman (Shing Fui-On) who is walking through a underground parking garage with his henchmen who are carrying briefcases full of cash. Before this group can make it to their illegal meeting, two interpol officers, Lung (Wilson Lam) and May (Moon Lee), jump from out of the shadows and begin questioning them. What follows is a brutal fight scene that allows Herman his chance to escape. Skip forward and we watch as Lung and his wife, who are a young couple with a son, preparing to finally head off on a long overdue vacation. Lung is a government agent though, so as you might have already expected, his plans don’t come to fruition. He is immediately called off from this vacation and must instead help find Herman who has now ran away to Burma. Lung is now given the option to put together his very own special team of agents in order to travel into Burma and tackle Herman headfirst. He of course brings along May (Moon Lee), as well as a group of violent and specialized warriors. Will they be successful in their mission, or will Herman walk away free yet again?
Action sequences this movie has, too! Plenty of them! The fight scenes are numerous and filled with some very solid choreography, but the variety, speed, and violence of the action is what makes this movie stand out. With brains being splattered on the camera from closeup gunshots to the face, as well as a massive number of explosions unleashed in a way that I haven’t seen since digging through John Woo’s filmography, Angel Force is patently ridiculous in terms of its action output. There’s a pretty epic motorbike chase between Moon Lee and another young woman that certainly deserves a mention while talking about the action found in this one. Beginning with a bloody assassination, this sequence takes us through the city streets of Burma and finally culminates in a back alley shootout/kung fu battle that certainly brings some rather rough edges to the movie. This is only one of the many action sequences to be found in Angel Force, however, and it sets a very high standard. Although the action here might be the most prominent way to recommend the movie, for Hong Kong film fans the cast might also be worth a mention. Moon Lee has been mentioned on these pages numerous times, but another name that needs to be mentioned with Angel Force is Shing Fui-On. A physical presence in any movie, this time he shows off his versatility through a few well-choreographed action sequences. Still, Shing is more of a “face,” and he does a excellent job in exuding his evil charisma.