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Miao tan shuang long (1989)

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Martial arts adventure about a tough FBI cop (Cynthia Rothrock) high-kicking her way to the final showdown with a Chinese Mafia boss.


(as Kar-Wing Lau)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiu Wai Miu ...
Ching Shing
Cynthia Rothrock ...
Inspector Cindy
Ken Tong ...
Kent Tong
Suki Kwan ...
May Tong
Michiko Nishiwaki ...
Fui-On Shing ...
Tai Kau
Fung Woo ...
Supt. Wu
Yasuyoshi Shikamura ...
John Ladalski ...
Fighter, drug dealer
Stephen Chang Gwong Chin ...
Loanshark Man
Ho Ying Sin ...
Mark Houghton ...
Dion Lam ...
Michiko's Thug
Ken Goodman ...
Robinson's Thug
Blackie Ko Shou Liang ...
Kent's Taxi Driver Friend


Martial arts adventure about a tough FBI cop (Cynthia Rothrock) high-kicking her way to the final showdown with a Chinese Mafia boss.

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18 November 1989 (Hong Kong)  »

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An average HK Rothrock vehicle.
2 February 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of late 80s/early 90s HK martial arts movies; some of the greatest fight flicks of all time came from this period. Unfortunately, City Cops is not one of them.

With its overly simplistic plot (an FBI agent seeks a runaway informant, who is also being hunted by nasty gangsters) and some dreadful attempts at humour (check out the truly unfunny 'sex-pest' and 'AIDS' scenes), the movie drags terribly until the final fight scene, which is admittedly great, but a very long time in coming.

Cynthia Rothrock (once again playing a character named Cindy) isn't given enough opportunity to show off her amazing martial arts skills, with too much of the film's running time spent on the lame comedy rather than delivering impressive fight scenes. Likewise, the physically impressive Michiko Nishiwaki is also underused, only getting to shine briefly towards the end, when she gets to go one-on-one with Ms. Rothrock.

The finale also features some frenetic gun-play, during which many white-overall-ed henchmen get sprayed with bullets (blood squibs look so much more impressive against white, don't you think?).

Still preferable to most of Cynthia Rothrock's US output, but nowhere near as good as the classic Police Assassins, City Cops is average at best.

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