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In the Line of Duty 3

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

In the Line of Duty 3 (1988)
Director: Arthur Wong and Brandy Yuen
Writers: Chan Kiu-Ying
Starring: Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Michiko Nishiwaki, Stuart Ong, and Paul Chun

The Plot: Officer Yeung (Cynthia Khan) is a member of the police force who is unfortunately feeling the sting of sexism within her workplace. Despite the fact that she is one of the most qualified members of the force, her chief tries his best to hold her back from being a true asset to the Hong Kong police department. Across the water, within Japan, a danger is brewing that will eventually find Yeung working on a case that will not be denied. Jewelry thieves Nakamura (Stuart Ong) and Michiko (Michiko Nishikawa) pull off a huge robbery at a very public event, and during the getaway they wound officer Fujioka (Hiroshi Fujioka) and ultimately kill his partner. This gives Fujioka a personal vendetta against these criminals, and he soon heads to Hong Kong where the duo are supposed to be hiding. Soon thereafter, he bumps into officer Yeung and they inevitably join forces in order to track down these murderous thieves. Will they succeed? And will the “law” actually allow them to be successful?

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Protector, The (1985)

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The Protector (1985)
Director: James Glickenhaus
Writers: James Glickenhaus
Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, and Moon Lee

The Plot: Billy (Jackie Chan) is a decent cop who has been in America for the past ten years paying his dues. He’s a bit of a ladies man and is so fiercely dedicated to his job that he sometimes finds himself in trouble with his superiors. When his partner is killed, Jackie is paired with veteran officer Danny Garoni (played by Danny Aiello). The duo become fast friends and are quickly wrapped up in a kidnapping case when the wealthy heiress that they were supposed to be looking after, is abducted by a crime syndicate. When a phone number pops up on the heiress’ phone bill coming from Hong Kong, something seems fishy, but when it turns out that the kidnappers may be affiliated with the evil Hong Kong druglord Ko – things seem even worse. Billy and Garoni are soon on their way to Hong Kong so that they can investigate these matters further, but they eventually find themselves wrapped up in a story that far exceeds anything they could have ever imagined.

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In the Line of Duty 2 (Yes, Madam)

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

In the line of Duty 2 / Yes, Madam (1985)
Director: Corey Yuen
Writers: Barry Wong
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, Tsui Hark, and John Shum

The Plot: The heart of In the Line of Duty 2 is a plot that revolves around the hunt for a very special microfilm that will implicate the untouchable gangster Henry Tin Wa Keung (James Tien). Our film begins with Mr. Dick (Dick Wei) meeting up with a white man inside of an expensive hotel, where Dick intends to snatch said microfilm from the Gweilo. It turns out that this man also had connections with the local authorities and had intended to meet with local inspector Ng (Michelle Yeoh) on the same night. Unfortunately, their meeting is postponed when Mr. Dick uses a gun (silenced by an apple) and blows the middle aged white man back to kingdom come. Dick is unable to find the microfilm, but his search is quickly limited whenever room service arrives at the door. This isn’t routine “room service” though, the man posing as a bellhop is actually Asprin (Mang Hoi), a local con man who is robbing the hotel guests blind, and before he even notices that the tenant of this room is dead – Asprin steals his wallet and passport. Unknown to Asprin, this passport also happens to include the hidden microfilm needed to put Henry Tin Wa Keung away for good. This puts Asprin and his two buddies, Strepsil (John Shum ) and Panadol (Tsui Hark), in serious danger. Their only hope of escape from Keung’s army is to seek help from Inspector Ng and her new partner, the dangerous but beautiful foreigner, inspector Carrie Morris (Cynthia Rothrock).

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In the Line of Duty

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

In the Line of Duty (1986)
Director: David Chung
Writers: Kan-Cheung Tsang
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Michael Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Jing Chen.

The Plot: Film begins with Michelle Yip (Michelle Yeoh) quickly laying the smack down on a group of thugs who try to murder a former member of their gang. Afterward, the film quickly turns serious we watch as Michelle boards a plane alongside security expert Michael (Michael Wong) and Japanese interpol agent Yamamoto (played by Hiroyuki Sanada). When a hijacker tries to rescue a gangster who is being deported on the same plane ride, all hell breaks loose! Thankfully, these three crime fighting experts happen to be along for the ride and they quickly subdue the situation and become great friends. The alliance formed between them shouldn’t last terribly long, but when members of their group become targeted by the terrorists, they must team together and find out who exactly was behind the attempted airline holdup and what exactly do they want. Their findings will be both horrifying and ultimately… tragic.

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One Armed Swordsmen

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

One Armed Swordsmen (1976)
Director: David Chiang and Jimmy Wang Yu
Writers: Ku Lung
Starring: David Chiang, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lo Lieh, and Yi Chang

The Plot: This classic wuxia tale begins with a police officer being struck down and his arm being removed by a bandit, but during the battle he also lobs off the arm of his opponent. The police officer decides, despite losing his limb, to continue studying the martial arts, and does this by reading the one-armed swordsman style handbook that was left for him by a friend. As he begins his studying, he is once again attacked – but this time by a one-armed ninja! The black-hooded ninja kills off the older lawman, but unknown to the murderer, a young child was hidden in the room and saw the death of his master. So, with this established, we move to our main story which focuses on two men: Fong Ping (Jimmy Wang Yu) and Kao Shing (David Chiang). These two men are the most powerful one-armed martial artists around. Wah (Lo Lieh) suspects Fong Ping or Kao Shing as the culprit, but he is not fully convinced yet. As he follows these two around, we find that the lines between hero and villain can be quite blurred within this small world.

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