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China O'Brien (1990)

R  |   |  Action  |  10 January 1992 (Portugal)
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China O'brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is ... See full summary »

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Arturo Rivera ...
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Robert Tiller ...
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Lainie Watts ...
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Jaren Harbrecht ...
Man in Bar
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China O'brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is now struggling against the clutches of organized crime. When her father, the town sheriff, is killed China decides to run for his position and clean up the town. The poll results spark a series of confrontations that finally decide who runs the town . . . Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Well choreographed and minimum thought! Smashing!
2 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I suppose this was an early attempt to fuse Hollywood with eastern martial arts films, thoroughly flaunting the fact that Robert Clouse, the director of Enter The Dragon was at the helm.

Unfortunately, Robert Clouse was no great shakes as a director and this time there is no Bruce Lee.

Bad acting, cheesy story and a TV quality feel, but none of that matters because the fight scenes are fantastic!!!!!

This is where the film comes into it's own with an eastern production behind it. The fights are superbly choreographed and really show off the different talents of the three main fighters. There is a bit too much 'acting' between the fights, but not overly so.

Keith Cooke really steals the show with his amazing kicking techniques while Richard Norton opts for a more wrist lock and throw style which is cool beyond belief leaving Rothrock as a good all rounder. This allows you to pick your favourite depending on what style you like, very much like a video game which is good.

The real downpoint to the film, and a lot of these east/west films suffered from this, is that there was no real bad guy to speak of. The main antagonist is an ageing man with zero fight capability and It was just really wave after wave of goons for the heros to dispose of, which is no bad thing but it would have been better with a really threatening figurehead and a great end fight.

I'll not bother doing a review for the second one, because it's really just exactly the same, maybe a touch better.

A great one to watch with mates or even a girlfriend. The sight of a woman kicking scumbag arse is universally appealing!


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