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(1986)

Trivia

The airplane stunt finale was shot in New Zealand, rather than Hong Kong.
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Karen Shepard didn't want her character to die in her fight against Cynthia Rothrock as was planned, claiming it would be harmful to her career. To appease her, Corey Yuen pretended to film her running away after the fight, but later filmed her death via a stunt double.
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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.
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Whilst filming a transitioning shot of his character falling from a plane, the wire supporting Biao Yuen snapped and he landed face-first upon the mattress padding with his lower body bent over top of him, prompting crew members to fear he had broken his spine. Biao, who was unharmed, claims it was the most dangerous escapade of his entire film career.
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In preparation for his role as a credible villain, Melvin Wong trained with Bolo Yeung to build up his physique.
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This is Cynthia Rothrock's personal favorite of her own films.
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Supposedly, Cynthia Rothrock was doubled several times by stuntman and fight choreographer Meng Hoi.
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Cynthia Rothrock did not speak Cantonese or Mandarin, so all of her lines were spoken in English and then later dubbed into the respective languages.
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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.
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According to Melvin Wong, the airplane hangar fight between him and Biao Yuen was "guest directed" by none other than Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
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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.
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This is the one of Biao Yuen's better known films that he made without film industry compatriots Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Jackie Chan.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Originally, the pre-release cut ended with both Cynthia Rothrock and Biao Yuen's characters dying at the end: Rothrock stabbed in the neck by a screwdriver and Yuen falling to his death from a plane. The ending was not well received by the preview audience and the ending was re-shot so both the characters survived plus an additional coda was added to show that revenge is futile.
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