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Release Date:
27 November 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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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2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
Sandy Chan ... Hsia's Girlfriend
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 Ching Sau Yat ... 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
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 Liu ... 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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
102 min | USA:85 min
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Trivia:
In the final plane scene, that is really Yuen Biao hanging from the rope 4,000 feet in the air. He had also trained for, and had wanted to do, the jump from the plane but due to New Zealand restrictions and insurance reasons was not allowed to and a professional parachutist was used.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After leaving Cindy handcuffed to a balcony rail Hsia jumps off to the "grass" below. The ground bends under his weight.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fun stuff, but sadly I was disappointed at finally seeing this, 6 June 2007
Author: petep from Naperville, IL

I just got that new Dragon Dynasty version of the film, though I'd never seen it before last night. Haven't watched any of the extras yet, though from what I've read here this is the "downbeat" Cantonese cut of the film. I must admit I'm disappointed in the film, though can still justify a decent score. I really liked Yuen Biao as well as the lead villain. I just realized that Bad Egg was played by the director, haha. The film had some big laughs, perhaps occasionally unintentional, but also some great action.

There were a lot of problems with the editing and stunt-work though. I know they make these movies fast and for not much money, but this one seemed cut together more carelessly than most. Also, despite how talented all the stunt people and the leads are in the film's action scenes, there were way too many moments where I saw wires or could clearly see the faces of stunt-doubles. Especially for Rothrock. Sometimes they'd put makeup on the guy. And one of the doubles for her looked like Biao himself. I know you can never be perfect with such things, but it was just much more obvious than in many other films of the genre that I've seen.

On sort of a side note, you ever notice the ramp effect with vehicles in action movies? The most common example would be of a speedboat hitting the low end of another boat and rocketing through the air. You occasionally see this with cars too. Here in Above the Law a.k.a. Righting Wrongs, you see it with a car chasing down Yuen Biao going off of a parked car. Of course the car is in front of a railing up high on a multi-level parking garage. And I don't know my models but it's probably a Mitsubishi since they made it into EVERY Hong Kong action movie in the 80s. But the parked car wasn't particularly low to the ground. The moving car didn't hit any objects to lift it's front end up. It just jumps the other like a ramp. I don't know if this is really a complaint. It was odd, but hysterical.

If we're talking recommendations and I have to exclude anything with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, or Jet Li, I'd recommend any of the first four In the Line of Duty movies over this. But it's still a decent action movie and any fan of Yuen Biao in particular really needs to see it.

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