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In the Line of Duty 5: Middle Man (1990)

Huang jia shi jie zhi: Zhong jian ren (original title)
When he is framed for being a spy because of his friend's illegal activities, David must escape from police, CIA, and assassins with the help of his cousin.


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Credited cast:
Cynthia Khan ...
Yang Lei-Ching
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuen-Yee Cha
Billy Chow ...
The General
Wai-lim Chu
Bruce Fontaine ...
Hit Man
Ricky Hung
Mark King ...
CIA unit Chief
Elvina Kong ...
Kong Lau ...
Officer Wong
Kin-sang Lee ...
Kiler in Shades (as Chris Lee)
Lieh Lo ...
Alan's Godfather
Yik-Sang Luk
The General's Secretary
Wai Shum ...


Michelle is the daughter of a Hong Kong triad leader. She inherits the organization's leadership after her father is killed by a rival gang who want to take over. The gang also interrupt her wedding, trying to kill her, but managing to kill her would be husband instead. She decides to take revenge on the killers. Written by kooji_kabuto (kooji_kabuto@yahoo.com)

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A lower budgeted sequel, but there's still plenty of fun to be had
4 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MIDDLE MAN is the fifth instalment of the IN THE LINE OF DUTY series, a Hong Kong action franchise about ass-kicking female cops. The first four films in the series were absolutely fantastic, but this one's a bit of a comedown and the reason is obvious: the budget's lower, which affects the staging of the action a little as well as other technical elements.

Cynthia Khan is the sole performer to return from the previous instalments, and as before she never fails to entertain the viewer. The opening fight set-piece is particularly enjoyable, featuring high-speed pursuit and crazy stunts. After this bit, the storyline gets bogged down a bit with a particularly convoluted tale of thievery, smuggling, and the like, which'll have you long for the straight forward villainy of the earlier films.

However, as with the other films in this series, MIDDLE MAN is all about the action, and it rarely disappoints. Khan is tasked with going up against plenty of skilled opponents here, most of them westerners. A climactic bout with the blonde Kim Penn is particularly energetic, recalling the glory days of old, and Billy Chow is another welcome bad guy, although sadly his screen time is too limited. Fans of old kung fu flicks from 1970s may spot Lo Lieh in support, but sadly he doesn't have much to do.

On the negative side, Khan's partner in the film, David Wu, is a bit of a wet blanket, and I was annoyed at the way a couple of the fights take place in near-darkness so you can't enjoy the choreography - a clear result of budget constraints. Nonetheless, MIDDLE MAN still packs more action and excitement into its running time than a dozen Hollywood thrillers, and I look forward to seeing part six of the franchise, SEA WOLVES.

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