|Fighting Madam (1987)|
|Director:||Raymond Leung and Teresa Woo|
|Starring:||Moon Lee, Alex Fong, Elaine Lui and Yukari Ôshima|
|The Plot: Our film begins focusing on a international narcotics organization who have the appearance of being a legitimate business, but they are anything but a regular board of directors. These drug peddlers are ruthless, however, and have no fear when it comes to using extreme amounts of violence in order to settle such disputes. Sitting on their board is Yeung (Yukari Oshima), who is a woman who may be more ruthless than all other members combined. Moon (Moon lee) is a secret agent who moonlights as a secretary during her offtime. When her boss John Keung (David Chiang) calls her back into action, she is paired with a team collectively known as The Angels. The members include: her good friend Elaine (Elaine Liu), the older and wiser Saijo (Hideki Saijô) and the new young American recruit Alex (Alex Fong). Together, this team will have to form together in order to defeat Yeung and her cronies who are looking to take over the drug trade throughout all of China.|
There are some slight instances of comedy, but by and large this is a pretty straight forward spy film. Similar to something one might see on Mission Impossible, Charlie’s Angels or any number of James Bond films, there is a ridiculously heavy plot running through this ninety minute feature. Unfortunately, this tends to be one of the movie’s biggest downfalls. It seems to pack in far too much over this small amount of time. With plot details being far too concealed by the strange rhythm of the movie, it becomes difficult to keep track of the varying plot motivations. Even after watching the film, I would be lying if I told you I knew exactly who the Angels force directly reports to. Even the general plot points that actually are covered in the film are usually fairly difficult to mentally navigate and keep track of. Yet, these things are usually forgiven once an awesome action sequence hits the screen. Thankfully, for the sake of Fighting Madam, these action sequences really start to heat up as the movie goes along. When the final twenty minutes beat along and we watch Moon Lee and Elaine Liu sporting machine-guns, while raiding a mansion in true A Better Tomorrow II fashion, everything is most assuredly forgiven.