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Release Date:
27 November 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Biao Yuen ... Hsia Ling-Cheng / Jason Chan

Cynthia Rothrock ... Cindy Si / Sandy Jones

Melvin Wong ... Superinendent Wong Jing-Wai
Roy Chiao ... Magistrate / The Judge
Corey Yuen ... Bad Egg / Joe Do
Ma Wu ... Uncle Tsai / Joe's Father

Siu-Wong Fan ... Yu Chi-Wen / Sammy
Paul Chang ... Four Eyes Bill (as Paul Cheung)
James Tien ... Chow Ting-Kwong / Johnny Kwong

Siu-Ming Lau ... Yu's Grandfather
Gei Ying Chan ... Hsia's Girlfriend (as Sandy Chan)
Peter Cunningham ... Black Assassin

Karen Sheperd ... Karen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu Ping Cheng ... Mrs. Leung (as Cheng Siu Ping)
Yuet Sang Chin ... Buffalo
Billy Sau Yat Ching ... Mahjong Den's Worker
Fat Chung ... Red Porsche Cop
Terrence Howard ... Defence Attorney
Hsia Hsu ... Mr. Leung (as Tsui Ha)
Bei-Dak Lai ... Mahjong Player (as Peter Lai)
Chau Sang Lau ... Cop on Skateout (as Lau Chou Sang)
King Chu Lee ... Cop at Mahjong
Hao Ren
Po Tai ... Yellow Shirt Cop (as Tai Po)
Choh Lam Tsang ... Mahjong Informant
Fruit Chan ... Man (uncredited)
Yung Chan ... Hung (uncredited)
Kam Kong Chow ... Cop at Police Station (uncredited)
Hou Hsiao ... Thug (uncredited)
Te Hu Hsiao ... Cop at Police Station (uncredited)
Chi Ming Lau ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Wai Cheung Mak ... Buffalo's Thug (uncredited)
Yung-Chiang Peng ... Cop at Station (uncredited)
Yin-fan Yung ... Female Parking Warden (uncredited)

Directed by
Corey Yuen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cheuk-Hon Szeto  screenplay
Barry Wong 

Produced by
Pui-Wah Chan .... executive producer (as Chen Peihua)
Siu-Chu Lam .... supervising producer (as Arina Lam)
Biao Yuen .... producer
Corey Yuen .... producer
Original Music by
Romeo Díaz 
Cinematography by
Moon-Tong Lau  (as Tom Lau)
Set Decoration by
Yiu-Kwong But 
Costume Design by
Ginger Fung 
Production Management
Pui-Wah Chan .... production supervisor
Paul Cheng .... assistant production manager
Amy Chin .... production manager
Kar Lok Chin .... stunt double: Melvin Wong
Hou Hsiao .... stunts
Hsia Hsu .... stunt coordinator
Hoi Mang .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunt performer
Corey Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Music Department
Kwok-Jim Lo .... lyricist
Chin Yung Shing .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Leonard Ho .... presenter
Hui Lu .... script supervisor (as Wai Lo)
Yang Shen .... planner
Chi-Leung Shum .... planner
Mei-Yee Sze .... planner
Yuk-Wah Wong .... story editor
Ma Wu .... planner
Wai Yu .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Zhi fa xian feng" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Righting Wrongs" - Hong Kong (English title)
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102 min | USA:85 min
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Did You Know?

Karen Sheperd recalls being in perpetual pain during filming, due to the rigor of her action scenes. Sheperd claims to have utilized acupuncture and the services of an herbalist every night to recover for the following day.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Siu-Wong Fan's character is assassinated, members of the production crew are seen reflected in his sunglasses.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Female Reporter (1989)See more »


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Classic slice of '80s Hong Kong action, 16 January 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

I'm a big fan of the kind of action film that came out of Hong Kong in the 1980s: this was the decade where Jackie Chan was at his very best, in terms of stunts, action and directing, and Sammo Hung made all of his best films as director. Mention must also be made of Yuen Biao, though, who often joined up with both Chan and Hung to contribute some very good action to these kung fu flicks. Occasionally, Biao got the chance to go it alone, as he does here playing a Charles Bronson-style prosecutor who, tired of seeing criminals getting away scot free time after time, decides to take the law into his own hands. The resultant film is an action-packed spectacle, very much along the lines of the IN THE LINE OF DUTY films and just as enjoyable.

Of course, the story is slim and very predictable, and there are plenty of unbelievable things going on. There's a huge sub-plot involving a cop named Bad Egg, who's played by choreographer Corey Yuen. This is played entirely for laughs, focusing on the cop's slobbish nature, and the humour is definitely for those with acquired tastes. Nevertheless ABOVE THE LAW, as a whole, is good entertainment. There's the usual mix of GREAT martial arts sequences, along with a nifty set-piece involving crashing cars in a multi-storey car park.

Yuen Biao adopts the heroic mantle very well indeed, proving himself more than a match for the likes of Jackie and Sammo. He's ably supported by a fantastic cast of Hong Kong greats, too. Cynthia Rothrock's on hand as a tough imported cop, kicking ass with the best of them. Melvin Wong pops up in a rare villainous role and doesn't he do well! I'm used to see him in straight, non-martial arts roles like his turn in BEWITCHED, but he gets to play a tough bad guy here and his fighting's excellent – he really convinces. Roy Chiao pops up as a lenient judge, much like he did in DRAGONS FOREVER, and an almost unrecognisable teenage Fan Siu-Wong is a young innocent caught up in the crimes – Fan later bulked up to tackle the lead role in infamous gore flick THE STORY OF RICKY!

Great action is dotted throughout the movie. There's a memorable showdown between Biao and US kickboxing champion Peter Cunningham, and he really puts our hero through his paces. Rothrock gets to tackle another female fighter in a great, extended fight, as well as tackling Biao himself in another good bit. The best, though, is inevitably saved for the climax, an extended bout in a warehouse which doesn't disappoint, and then there's a James Bond-style bit on an aeroplane which makes for a nice change (I haven't seen anything like this in any other Hong Kong film of the 1980s). Weirdly, the film has two alternate endings. One's the original, downbeat version which takes nihilism to a new level, while the other is a lighter, more predictable conclusion. I have to say I prefer the original! Either way, this film's got a harder edge than most, and there are some really vicious murders going on – it's definitely not for kids, despite the bumbling comedy found elsewhere.

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