|Tiger Cage 2 (1990)|
|Director:||Yuen Woo Ping|
|Writers:||Fong Chi-Ho, Patrick Yuen Yeuk-Gwong and Kwong Kim Yip|
|Starring:||Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, Robin Shou and Do Do Cheng|
|The Plot: Mary Chang (Rosamund Kwan) is a divorce attorney working on Allen Chow’s (Donnie Yen) case, and she is in the process of taking him to the cleaners. Chow’s former-wife hated him being a cop, but the law is all that he knows. Wilson (Robin Shou) is another successful name in the law firm that Ms. Chang works for. After a unsuccessful attempt on Wilson’s life is made, he and his partners lose a large briefcase filled with laundered money. During a altercation in the hallways with these thieves, Chow chases down the group and helps thwart them. However, when one of the thieves highjacks Ms. Chang’s vehicle, she mistakes Chow for one of the robbers. As the robbers track down Mary, they accidentally end up kidnapping Chow. When they realize their mistake, they drop Chow off on the side of the road. Chow then sees Mary leave the hospital, and he decides to follow her in order to berate her for saying he was one of the robbers. Mary is dropped off at her friend Patty Lee’s (Do Do Cheng) home, who is also the girlfriend of Wilson, but it turns out that Wilson has sent a goon to kill Patty. When Mary and Chow find the body, the police aren’t far behind them. This implicates both Mary and Chow and they are soon running from the police. These two must quickly clear their name before the robbers, or the police, catch up with them.|
In almost every way possible, Tiger Cage 2 is a rather extreme departure from the original film. Obviously, the films have nothing to do with one another in terms of plot, but even the tone is completely changed. While the original Tiger Cage was a very serious drama that bordered on the melodramatic, this is a much more entertainment-focused feature. The original had moments that were fun throughout, but for the most part it was a very serious affair that looked to emulate the extremely “tough” spirit of John Woo’s work. You skip forward to this second title, and the wind has completely changed. Similar to the lighthearted spirits of action comedies like The God of Gamblers, comedy and adventure are the primary focus for the film. The comedy that is played throughout the movie is actually very witty, and the characters are infinitely more intriguing than those in the original film. This turnabout from the original produces a less conventional feel, and seems to make it a much more beloved film than the original ever was. Even if it doesn’t feature Wei-lung and his intimidating shotgun, we do at least get to see Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat being a VERY bad man!