|In the Line of Duty 3 (1988)|
|Director:||Arthur Wong and Brandy Yuen|
|Starring:||Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Michiko Nishiwaki, Stuart Ong, and Paul Chun|
Despite being the third entry into this series, In the Line of Duty 3 at no point feels stale or grasping for topics to cover. While Cynthia Khan may take her name from the previous stars found in this series, she doesn’t actually try to fill their shoes. Nor does this movie actually try to do that in any way. This In the Line of Duty happens to be the first movie in the series to appropriately tackle discrimination within the police force, as we finally see a female inspector who must deal with a male-dominated system that is afraid to see her actually go out and do her job. While in the other films Michelle Yeoh’s character was always the respected “madam” within her department, this time around we are introduced to female inspector Yeung who must start at the very bottom. Although up until this point we have seen character changes and continually differing plots within the In the Line… series, the Inspector Yeung character is one that would define a great deal of Michelle Khan’s career. She would return four separate times as Inspector Yeung and in this first film we see her doing her best to live up to all of the expectations that Hong Kong film fans might have.