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In the Line of Duty (1986)
"Wong ga jin si" (original title)

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Michelle Yip of the Hong Kong police is a mild-mannered Kung Fu expert; Michael Wong from air security is happy-go-lucky, stuck on himself, constantly talking, and smitten by her; Yamamoto ... See full summary »

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Michelle Yip, HK CID (as Michelle Khan)
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Michael Wong, Security Guard
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Peter Yamamoto, Interpol Agent
Ying Bai ...
Final avenging gangmember
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King Chan
Kwok Kuen Chan
Wai-Man Chan ...
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Ching-yuen Che
Jing Chen ...
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Chubby escort policeman
Suzuki Himichi
Yun Ho
Mary Hon
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Michelle Yip of the Hong Kong police is a mild-mannered Kung Fu expert; Michael Wong from air security is happy-go-lucky, stuck on himself, constantly talking, and smitten by her; Yamamoto is quiet, hard-boiled, leaving the Tokyo police to spend time with his wife and daughter. They form an alliance when they foil a hijacking on a plane flying a mob prisoner from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The mobster and his would-be rescuer die; this sets off two avengers who were their blood brothers. Our three cops become the targets. A high-speed chase, a car bomb, the destruction of a nightclub, a spectacular suicide, dead bystanders, and a flying coffin litter the landscape by the end. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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First in the wonderful series
28 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While its international title is ROYAL WARRIORS, originally this film was IN THE LINE OF DUTY, the first of a long-running series about hard-hitting kung-fu-fighting female cops in Hong Kong (I've seen a few in the series, including POLICE ASSASSINS and number 4, with Donnie Yen). Inevitably these are excellent action movies for their era which mix car chases and martial arts fights, along with detective stuff and a little comedy. They feel a lot like Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY films, albeit with a little less humour.

ROYAL WARRIORS is a must for kung fu fans thanks to the presence of not one but two genre luminaries in the title roles. First up we get a young, agile and athletic Michelle Yeoh as the heroine; while her acting isn't as assured here as later on in her career, she certainly livens up the screen in her many fight scenes. She's given excellent support by imported Japanese star Hiroyuki Sanada (ROARING FIRE) in one of his detours into Chinese cinema.

A lot of people give Michael Wong (IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4) a hard time, but I don't have a problem with the actor and he does well with his annoying-but-likable character in this movie. And the action is very good indeed, as is the suspenseful plot which forever moves forward with very few slow moments; a massacre in a nightclub is the dramatic highlight. While I would have liked a few more villains for our heroes to go up against - that's where the later sequels have the edge - this is still above average for the genre and a thoroughly entertaining movie.


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