|In the line of Duty 2 / Yes, Madam (1985)|
|Starring:||Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, Tsui Hark, and John Shum|
The story within In the Line of Duty is relatively simple. It’s a cat and mouse game from start to finish, but the tiny character moments are what = keeps the audience gripped along the way. The small parts played by Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, and Dick Wei are all very memorable and keep the audience sticking around waiting for other big names to pop up. Although In the Line of Duty had a strong cast, this earlier effort proves to be even more loaded down with star power. The addition of Cynthia Rothrock in particular is something that is very unique to this film. The dynamic between Rothrock and Yeoh is bizarre, but it manages to work mostly due to Rothrock playing against type. Rothrock plays the slightly menacing Dirty Harry of this duo, despite Yeoh actually aping one of Dirty Harry’s lines during the intro to the movie. Michelle Yeoh instead plays the more sensitive of the two characters and is much more apt to play by the rules. Rothrock is, as one might expect, the character who speaks less within this duo, but she is carried by her charisma and facial expressions. Yeoh at times has to carry both actresses on a dramatic level, but she does this and thrives in the spotlight.