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In the Line of Duty 4 (1989)
"Wong Ka Si Sei IV: Sik Gik Sing Yan" (original title)

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A Hong Kong cop and two American cops are onto a suspected harbor worker and are forced to team up when they discover that the suspect is a witness on the run from CIA agents and their schemers; two corrupt cops.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cynthia Khan ...
Insp. Yeung Lai-Ching (as Cythnia Khan)
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Officer Donny Yan
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Officer Michael Wong
Yat Chor Yuen ...
Luk Wan-Ting
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Ming
Chiao Chiao ...
Luk's mother
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Drug trafficker
Blaine Lamoureux ...
Officer Peter Woods (as Blaine Camoureux)
Gei Shun Wai ...
Yeung's chief inspector
Michael Woods ...
CIA agent #1
Stephan Berwick ...
CIA agent #2 (as Stephen Berwick)
John Salvitti ...
CIA agent #3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu Cheung ...
(as Chao Chang)
Ho Chi-Moon ...
Restaurant guest
Wing Cho ...
Loan Shark's thug #1 / CIA agent #4
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Storyline

Two detectives who are up to their necks in trouble and in each other's face, as they try to shut down a drug-trafficking scheme that could be connected with international ties to organized crime. But in the mist of their investigation, innocent immigrant dock worker Luk Wan-Ting gets caught up in the mix when he witnesses the murder of an intelligence operative and is framed for the crime. After escaping police custody and after his friend is brutally killed by hired assassins in search of a film negative that Luk lost, he has no choice but to return to Hong Kong until the heat cools off. Donny and Penny Yeung are called in to extradite him with the aid of Captain Michael. Penny believes that Luk is innocent and tries to do everything in her power to help him, while Donny who is skeptical about Luk's innocence, thinks he's guilty and does his best to snap the cuffs on him. As the two do more investigating, they learn that the drug cartel could have connections with rogue C.I.A. ... Written by Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)

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21 July 1989 (Hong Kong)  »

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When Michael Woods is fighting Donnie Yen on the roof and holding him in an arm lock, Woods head is originally to the right of Donnie's. In the next shot, it has swapped to the other side to be kicked. See more »

Quotes

Luk Wan-Ting: Madam Yeung, you know I'm innocent!
Madam Yeung: [skeptically] I thought you were, but then you ran off to Hong Kong. And you attacked an officer in Seattle.
Luk Wan-Ting: They tried to kill me at the station. Then they killed my buddy when he tried to help me. I guess I'm not sure who I can trust.
Michael Wong: People are less likely to believe your story after how you behaved. Sounds pretty far-fetched. But after we take you back, we'll see what we can do to gather some evidence to back up your stories and find the truth.
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Hong Kong action, par excellence.
2 July 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

It's non-stop fight action all the way in director Yuen Woo-ping's amazing martial arts classic 'In The Line Of Duty'.

Sporting a great line in blouson jackets (leather AND tassled suede) and tight snow-washed jeans, feisty female fight star Cynthia Khan, aided by high-kicker Donnie Yen, battles nasty gangsters and corrupt cops in this prime slice of 80s kung fu cinema.

OK, the story might not be anything special—a witness to a crime is hunted by both the police and the gangsters—but with blistering chop-socky and dangerous stunts from the opening frames to the end credits, those who enjoy Hong Kong mayhem will be in heaven when they watch this.

Using virtually none of his trademark wire-work (that, in my opinion, ruins many of his films), Woo-ping presents the viewer with a roller-coaster ride of top action set-pieces and amazing acrobatic mêlées that show off his stars' skills to great effect. Khan is easy on the eye, but deadly in a fight, and gives her all in several brutal battles, one of which sees her performing an amazing routine with a couple of spanners standing in for a pair of nunchakus, and another which has her fighting atop a moving ambulance. Yen is also on fine form, performing more than his fair share of life-threatening action, but his best moment is undoubtedly the final rooftop punch-up with the massive Michael Woods—David and Goliath, kung fu style!

Throw in some great motorcycle-fu, loads of energetic gun fights, a sword fight or two, and good support from both Yat Chor Yuen (as the unlucky witness Luk) and Michael Wong (as a traitorous CIA agent), and the result is a hugely enjoyable masterpiece of the genre.


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