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Lady Supercop saved by some Visual Flair

Siu-Hung Chung (aka: Billy Chung) directs this Hong Kong feature from the early 90's about two policewomen related through blood. These main characters are played by Carina Lau, whom claims the part of the older, more professional cousin, while Teresa Mo acts the part of her younger, more playful relative.

This relationship is truly what dominates the film. We see them foiling robberies, attending nightly stakeouts, and having some office shenanigans. Typical police procedural. Serviceable to watch. But I found the overarching narrative quite fuzzy for a large part of the film. Whom is the antagonist? Which organization are they investigating? What is their mission? Eventually a laughing madman played by Chin Ho coalesces as the villain. Unfortunately it's a rather unengaging, stock portrayal that doesn't work in the films favor.

Overall, the main problem with Lady Supercop is found in the narrative. It all feels rather fettered, lethargic and inconsequential. Carina's and Teresa's relationship doesn't really go anywhere or reach any satisfying climax for us to enjoy, which is especially problematic since they are the center of the film.

Lady Supercop is upheld though by some visual flair. Orange tinting, blue shadows, thick fog steaming from the sides of the screen. It's not Dario Argento but Siu-Hung Chung did put effort into these things. The action scenes are fine and sometimes works in tandem with Siu-Hungs cinematographic style. The dominant feel of the rest of the film is rather mellow though, but this is Hong Kong cinema where tonal whiplashes are ineludible and law-of-the-land! A grimdark turn commences two-thirds of the way in and we get some torture and sadism at the hands of Chin Ho.

Lady Supercop is perfectly average though rather uneven at that. Its cons and pros balance themselves out so I'll award it a 5/10.


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