|Iron Angels 2 (1988)|
|Director:||Raymond Leung and Teresa Woo|
|Writers:||Teresa Woo and William Hsu|
|Starring:||Moon Lee, Alex Fong, Elaine Lui, and Ting-Wai Chan|
|The Plot: Iron Angels 2 begins by showcasing this elite squad of covert agents, the same group from the original Iron Angels, going into battle yet again. This time, we watch as they deal with a hostage negotiation that goes terribly wrong. Soon after saving the day, yet again, the Angels go on a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, so that they can enjoy some much-needed relaxation time. When they arrive, they quickly run into one of Fong’s (Alex Fong) former friends, a man named Peter (Nathan Chan Ting-wa). Peter is well-to-do and deeply respected in Kuala Lumpur. Fong is taken in by his former friend, and the friendship that he once had with Peter and another pal named Marco resurges. This trio make up a makeshift group called “the three musketeers,” and it seems as if nothing could draw them apart. Unfortunately, these three have spent a great amount of time apart, and Fong has some very dark elements hiding in his past. Now Elaine (Elaine Hui) and Moon (Moon Lee) must team with Fong and investigate his former friend. What they find could very well lead to a war on this island nation.|
The action starts early and it remains utterly furious throughout the duration of the movie. The film opens with Moon Lee going undercover, where she attempts to rescue an important person during a hostage situation, and this introductory action sequence paves the way for much more to come. Within five minutes of the opening credits, we are watching Moon Lee sidekick random thugs down a massive staircase while the rest of the Angel squad pulls off some rather ridiculous stunts. With very little in the way of exposition, this action sequence comes at the audience with fangs baring. Amongst the awesome stunt work in this opening scene is a great bit where we see some “gun fu” performed by Alex Fong who swings from a rope as if he were Tarzan. The scene culminates in sprays of urine, blood, and some fun choreography involving a grenade that is tossed around like a hackey sack. The movie doesn’t stop there, it instead begins to continually escalate as it moves along. Moving at the speed of an Indonesian action-fest like The Stabilizer or Rambu, Iron Angels 2 gets more ridiculous the longer that it runs. From huge car chase sequences to bar fights that eventually involve transvestites, Iron Angels 2 is pretty unforgettable.
To continue harping on the action, audiences can obviously expect top-notch quality. Viewers of the first movie would expect nothing less. A lot of this is due to the performers who are put into these situations, and Moon Lee and Alex Fong are both exceptional in their roles here. Indeed, Fong stands out a great deal more than he did in the original film, and he shows a ton of charisma during this sequel. He is involved in a few hand-to-hand fight sequences early on in the film, and he always manages to acquit himself quite well. Moon Lee gets to be Moon Lee, and that means she is both cute but incredibly deadly. Towards the back end of the film she has one absolutely incredible fight sequence that should be mentioned. It is likely my favorite of the film, and in it we see Moon face off with a very tough military leader inside of a warehouse that is littered with barrels of flammable chemicals. The fight sequence is relatively lengthy and Moon gets to show off some very impressive moves. Although she is a bit slower here than I have seen her in the past, she makes up for it by the technicality of the moves she performs. In one combination she goes from a roundhouse kick to a sunset flip, then she jumps back to her feet so that she can throw a gravity defying jump kick. An impressive fight sequence indeed. If the film doesn’t pack the world’s most impressive plot, it more than makes up for it in terms of its action.