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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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102 min | USA:85 min
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Trivia:
Cynthia Rothrock was originally supposed to act in Jackie Chan's Armour of God, but due to Chan's injuries halting production of the movie, Rothrock was re-assigned to play as the lead actress in this film.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: During Cindy Si's first fight in the mahjong school, it is very obvious when Yuen Biao is doubling for some of her stunts particularly because of his dark hair.See more »
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An underrated modern martial arts classic, 2 April 2007
Author: chris_stoddard_78 from clinton, md.

Famed martial arts choreographer Cory Yuen (THE TRANSPORTER 1 & 2, X-MEN and ROMEO MUST DIE) directed a Hong Kong film, loaded with bone-crushing stunts and masterful fight scenes with an assembled cast of martial arts masters from the East and West to cross paths.

ABOVE THE LAW (aka RIGHTING WRONGS) obtained a vigilante story with dark toned aspects that relies on police corruption and the righteous bending the law to seek their own justice. The stunning martial arts choreography by Cory Yuen kicks into high gear to help make this underrated cop-fu classic a fan favorite.

Acrobatic kung-fu genius Yuen Biao (ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA, SHANGHAI EXPRESS (aka MILLIONAIRE'S EXPRESS), THE PRODIGAL SON) plays a court prosecutor whose relentless determination to do away with an untouchable gangster (James Tien- Bruce Lee's THE BIG BOSS, FIST OF FURY) has led him to employ a series of unethical tactics. His investigation becomes complicated by the arrival of a female inspector (played by 5-Time World Karate champion and weapons expert Cynthia Rothrock).

Out of all the '80s era fight flicks I have seen Yuen Biao perform in, ABOVE THE LAW was one of his better efforts as an actor and screen fight performer. He exchanges blows with undefeated kickboxing legend Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham in a (POLICE STORY-style) glass-shattering fight, he also battles Cynthia Rothrock in an engagement of traditional kung-fu, acrobatic fight moves and handcuffs. He has a Jackie Chan stunt moment where he uses his speed and flexibility to dodge speeding cars.

Cory Yuen staged these sequences wonderfully and the legendary fight between Cynthia and Biao shows their similarities in timing and skill, which makes their battle an all-time favorite. Karen Shepard, who is another skilled fighter from America and an expert in the mixed art form of Wun Hop Kuen Do kung fu, faces off against Cynthia with the lethal chain whip. Actor Melvin Wong (EASTERN CONDORS and DESCENDANT OF WING CHUN- the film referred in BULLETPROOF MONK-) also gets screen time to execute some martial arts against Yuen Biao. The results of the screen fights earned the film a nomination for Best Action Choreography at the 1987 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Of course, fans already know that Cynthia Rothrock is kung-fu's queen of action and a master in various forms of combat like Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Northern Shaolin kung-fu and Tang Soo Do. Her skills made her a celebrated icon in the sport but unfortunately, she remains highly underrated and overshadowed by the mainstream success of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Her roles in countless American movies suffer from bad plots and choreography but her presence in Hong Kong films shine like Jackie Chan, and Jet Li does internationally. Her capabilities give her the advantage over many of today's mainstream martial art stars and it is disappointing that her films in the East do not get the proper recognition.

For a film made in the '80s, ABOVE THE LAW was a great actioner in martial arts cinema, and all the skilled experts did a great job with their performance.

I hope the overshadowing of this classic in the West will end with the new Dragon Dynasty release and capture a wider audience to gain her the type of recognition she deserves as a star.

This film was also one of Cynthia and Biao's best performances in screen combat during that era but the praise goes to Cory Yuen because of his skillful direction and casting of martial arts action figures from both worlds to pull the strings. This film will remain a classic in the cinema of martial arts and an unforgettable clashing of two legends in martial arts that deserve the proper recognition.

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