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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Really rather wonderful martial arts action classic
12 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sliding in between the fall of old school kung fu and the enthusiasm for wire-work in the 90's In The Line of Duty (or In The Line of Duty 4 or a variety of other names) is one of the greatest of all kung fu actioners made outside of a traditional setting and one that marvellously bucks the trend for keeping action mostly to a few impressive set pieces rather than spreading it evenly throughout. Here the action comes thick and fast, and as directed and choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping it looks great on screen. Wirework and editing trickery is kept to a minimum and the only impediment to following all the action is its speed and virtuosity that ensures every second of each fight offers up excitement, blink and you're sure to miss a good move and powerful blow. Performances in the fight scenes are at a high from all involved, a young Donnie Yen unleashes a dazzling storm of leg fighting fury, Cynthia Khan melds agility and elegance with her talents in ass whuppery, even in a sad sack role Chor Yuen gets to show off some good moves. There's a fine array of baddies as well, the towering Michael Woods gets a ferocious roof top fight scene whilst John Salvitti excels in an alley confrontation. What plot there is concerns an immigrant (Chor Yuen) who gets accidentally involved with drug dealers and corruption when he is suspected of having a vital tape recording. Fortunately help is at hand from Cynthia Khan's Yeung Lai Ching and Donnie Yen playing the imaginatively named Donny. Further smarts in this line come from Michael Wong playing, yep, you guessed it, Michael Wong. Plot and characters simply aren't an issue in the film though, this is mindless stuff and the sort of film where the plot vanishes into the ether of memory as soon as the film is over but the fighting remains. Occasionally the film makes bizarre feeling forays into comedy, sentiment and police ethics, such interludes are somewhat jarring but never take too long and are approached with such a heart and commitment from the players that its hard to grudge them. There's little more to say since there isn't much to the film, but it is certainly a must see for fans of the genre. The only notable criticism I can make is that the fighting is generally too clean for the amount and force of the blows being exchanged. It means that the fights can go on for a decent quantity of time, allowing maximum showcase of the talents involved, but on the other hand it's somewhat unrealistic as all involved would have been more or less demolished by most of the show-downs. Still, this is only a minor caveat to a wondrously entertaining film. If you like martial arts action and haven't seen this film yet, do yourself a favour and find a copy. You can thank me later…


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