The Best Femme Fu

by braceyis | created - 15 Aug 2016 | updated - 18 Aug 2016 | Public
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1. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,331

2. Golden Swallow (1968)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Hsin Yen Chao

Votes: 559

3. The Lady Hermit (1971)

105 min | Action, Drama

A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Szu Shih, Hsieh Wang

Votes: 267

4. My Young Auntie (1981)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy

Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 588

5. The Heroic Trio (1993)

R | 88 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Damian Lau

Votes: 2,899

6. Yes, Madam! (1985)

TV-MA | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a murder case when they steal items belonging to a murdered man. The man had hidden an ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, John Sham, Hoi Mang

Votes: 1,140

Aka "In the Line of Duty" (the first of what would become a seven film franchise), aka "Yes, Madam" or "Police Assassins". These films have sometimes had poor transfers and conflicting titles in the west (1, 2, and 4 were all called "In the Line of Duty" in some areas, although they also had other titles to add to the confusion - Wu Tang put out a pretty good version), but whatever you call them, action fans will find it well worth it to find a copy and check it out.

Riding the line between action and comedy (think Lethal Weapon), this is the first film for both Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock, who showcase some unbelievable bad-assery. Rothrock's speed is phenomenal, as is Michelle Yeoh's balletic grace.

It's just an awesome, kick-ass "chick flick" that spawned a whole "In the Line of Duty" franchise. These lethal babes beat Mel Gibson to the punch (or high kick) by about two years, and put the then-popular Chuck Norris actioners to shame (not surprising; it was produced by action superstar Samo Hung, who cameos). Listen carefully and you'll hear stolen music from John Carpenter's Halloween.

7. In the Line of Duty (1986)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama

Michelle Yip of the Hong Kong police is a mild-mannered Kung Fu expert; Michael Wong from air security is happy-go-lucky, stuck on himself, constantly talking, and smitten by her; Yamamoto ... See full summary »

Director: David Chung | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Michael Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ying Bai

Votes: 997

"Royal Warriors" - aka "In the Line of Duty 2" - was the second in the franchise about Police Inspector (or Madam) Michelle Yip.

Michelle Yeoh returns for the second and final time in the franchise, and kicks as much ass as she did in the first one, although now she's joined by Hiryuki Sanada (a Japanese pop star and actor who you've seen more recently in Rush Hour 3, The Wolverine, 47 Ronin, and The Last Ship), who can't top Cynthia Rothrock as far as partners go, in my opinion, but does a great job all the same.

This time, when Yeoh and two other cops manage to stop a pair of veteran crooks from rescuing a third aboard a passenger plane, they end up targeted by the criminals, ultimately forced to go outside the law to stop them. Solid kung fu and gunplay.

8. In the Line of Duty III (1988)

90 min | Action

Genji Nakamura and his soul-mate and partner Michiko Nishiwaki are thieves for the notorious Red Army terrorist organization in Japan. After pulling off the jewelry heist of the century (in... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Wong, Brandy Yuen | Stars: Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Sai-Kit Yung, Michiko Nishiwaki

Votes: 280

aka "In the Line of Duty III"; Cynthia Khan takes over for Michelle Yeoh as Madam Rachel Yeung (I don't know if it's supposed to be the same character or not, but they look and dress about the same), this time chasing a pair of Bonny-and-Clyde types who don't care how many innocents get in their way so long as they get their mitts on a collection of diamonds - presumably to help fund terrorism.

Its a step down in quality without Yeoh, but Khan does a great job, and there's still plenty of dizzying, Hong Kong action... although she's tasked with "babysitting" a Japanese cop who's visiting Hong Kong to track down the thieves that murdered his partner.

9. In the Line of Duty 4 (1989)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime

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.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Cynthia Khan, Donnie Yen, Michael Wong, Yat Chor Yuen

Votes: 1,053

Cynthia Khan is back as Madam Yeung in this fourth entry in the Line of Duty franchise. This time, she's backed up by a young Donnie Yen, who's balance and speed AND flexibility have to be seen to be believed; although he's they're only two of four kick-ass main stars.

The action gets a little repetitive (if not ridiculous), but if you like that special blend of Hong Kong Kung Fu and gunplay, there's plenty to go around, as Madam Yeung gets embroiled in a plot to protect a witness whose evidence can bring down a murderous mob with ties to the CIA.

10. Middle Man (1990)

94 min | Action

When he is framed for being a spy because of his friend's illegal activities, David must escape from police, CIA, and assassins with the help of his cousin.

Director: Chuen-Yee Cha | Stars: Cynthia Khan, Joe Bryan Baker, Chuen-Yee Cha, Billy Chow

Votes: 155

This fifth entry in the series (the third with Cynthia Khan), is a more personal story, with Madam Yeung (or Liu or whatever she's called in the copy you find) trying to help her cousin, a Chinese-American Marine who's been branded a spy by both governments. There's never been a lot of continuity in these films beyond the title and main actor (the main romantic interest in 2 was one of the major villains in 4, for example), but each one has consistently delivered the same kind of urban action adventure, and for me that's not a bad thing.

There's the requisite car chases, rooftop fights, Parkour before there was Parkour, and Cynthia Khan being a total badass. This is the first film in the series where her character is legitimately the sole hero of the story. Cynthia Rothrock stole Michelle Yeoh's thunder in the first one, Hiryuki Sanada in the second, the Japanese cop in 3, and Donnie Yen in 4; here, Khan is the main draw through and through, constantly jumping in to save her cousin from certain doom.

As an American, its weird to see my countrymen painted similarly to the way we painted the Communists back in the 80's in the Rambo films, but its a story about Hong Kong heroes, and while not one westerner is shown without flaws, there are also plenty of Chinese people who do drugs, get things wrong, and make matters worse throughout the film, so I guess you could say it's reasonably well-balanced in terms of showing that all people have issues.

Say what you will about East-West relations or prejudices, In the Line of Duty 5 delivers a solid, character-driven story with all the humor, drama, and dazzling Kung Fu fans of the series have come to expect.

11. Forbidden Arsenal (1991)

92 min | Action

Hong Kong policewoman Yeung teams up with Taiwanese and Mainland officers to take down a gunrunning ring.

Directors: Siu-Keung Cheng, Jun-Man Yuen | Stars: Cynthia Khan, Waise Lee, Gary Chow, Loletta Lee

Votes: 98

aka "In the Line of Duty 6" or "Forbidden Arsenal"

12. Sea Wolves (1991)

90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Madam Yeung is assigned to investigate a serial murder in a Philippine cargo ship anchored in Hong Kong.

Director: Siu-Keung Cheng | Stars: Cynthia Khan, Simon Yam, Gary Chow, Wai-To Chan

Votes: 78

aka "In the Line of Duty 7"; this time Madam Yeung is more of a co-star in her own film, which features Simon Yam, but the detectives go up against a bunch of modern-day pirates. It's a long way from 3 & 4, but the finale is worth it.

13. Dynamite Fighters (1987)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama

Action film about Chinese resistance after Japanese invasion in 1930's

Director: David Chung | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Richard Ng, Tung-Shing Yee, Lowell Lo

Votes: 669

"Magnificent Warriors" aka "Dynamite Fighters" is Michelle Yeoh's version of Indiana Jones, and man, does this lady kick ass!

Set in 1938 when China and Japan were on the verge of war, Yeoh's high-flying "aviatrix" is sent in to rescue a spy who may have knowledge of a hidden fortress where the Japanese are producing bacteriological weapons. Comedy, drama, and whip-cracking action abound in one of Yeoh's best films - action on bikes, in planes, in cars, and with a variety of weapons - a shame it didn't spawn a series.

14. Fighting Madam (1987)

93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A crimefighting organization called the Angels goes up against a drug-smuggling ring headed by a female kung-fu killer.

Director: Teresa Woo | Stars: Hideki Saijô, Alex Fong, Moon Lee, Elaine Lui

Votes: 376

aka "Midnight Angels", "Angels", "Iron Angels", or just "Angel", this is an explosive, over-the-top Hong Kong action film inspired by - you guessed it - Charlie's Angels (although for my money, if Charlie's Angels adopted this level of action, violence, and overall tone, they'd still be making sequels today). Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima star.

15. Angel Enforcers (1989)

86 min | Action

Female agents battle a gang of diamond thieves.

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Pan Pan Yeung, Dick Wei, Phillip Ko, Siu-Fung Wong

Votes: 44

aka "Angel Enforcers"

16. She Shoots Straight (1990)

87 min | Action, Crime

Stright after her marriage Hong Kong officer Mina Kao faces dangerous case of vietnamese criminal refugees.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Joyce Godenzi, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau

Votes: 314

17. Naked Killer (1992)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A young woman is trained by a martial arts specialist to become a professional assassin.

Director: Clarence Yiu-leung Fok | Stars: Chingmy Yau, Simon Yam, Carrie Ng, Madoka Sugawara

Votes: 2,052 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 17,934 | Gross: $16.27M

Simply one of the best action movies ever made, in any language, in any country. This is Jackie Chan's ultimate film (in my opinion). While it strays a bit from the urban cop action-drama of the first two Police Story movies, venturing into international man-of-mystery territory, the action is so breathtaking and intense - with a story to match - that it's hard to care if you're a fan of the first two.

In the U.S., it was only available through bootlegs or in Chinese for many years, before finally getting remastered and released in theaters after Rumble in the Bronx was an unexpected breakout success. This one dazzled cinemagoers in the West just as it had overseas, and opened the gates for a flood of old and new Jackie Chan movies (so much so that it kind of saturated the market, unfortunately).

But this and Drunken Master 2 are his best and most polished films in my opinion, and if you only had one movie to sum up the genius of Jackie Chan, this one would do it just fine. Michelle Yeoh co-stars, and just adds icing to the cake in one of her best on-screen parts as well.

19. Supercop 2 (1993)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

As a crime wave sweeps through Hong Kong, the police call on Jessica Yang, a rising star in their ranks, to help stop a notorious gang of thieves.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Rongguang Yu, Emil Chau, Athena Chu

Votes: 3,409

aka "Supercop 2", this loose sequel to Supercop (starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh), sees Yeoh return as the same character, with Jackie only making a brief cameo.

Overall the film is a let-down by comparison to Police Story 3, but there's still some stylish action here and there, with a solid fight at the end that's worth the price of admission. Worth it if you like Michelle Yeoh, who is always easy on the eyes, but don't expect another action bonanza like Police Story 3.

20. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 8,937

aka "Twin Warriors", this action film starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, dramatizing the story of the first monk to invent Tai Chi Chuan. A solid wuxia action film.

21. Wing Chun (1994)

TV-14 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Wing Chun, a woman living in a remote village often pillaged by robbers. When Wing Chun finally loses her cool and defeats them, her heroic actions stir up even more trouble in this ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, King-Tan Yuen, Catherine Yan Hung

Votes: 2,856

Michelle Yeoh stars in this wuxia action film about a small town family, one of whom is a defender of the poor. When two bandit brothers try to assault a widow, Wing Chun intervenes, and earns their wrath. Her childhood sweetheart comes to town, and can't tell which girl is the one he left behind. If he can figure it out however, and doesn't mind his girl having become a martial artist, she'll marry him - if she can defeat the bandits first. A solid traditional kung fu yarn.

22. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 241,980 | Gross: $128.08M

23. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., Natasha Liu Bordizzo

Votes: 16,125

24. Naked Weapon (2002)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

40 13 y.o. girls are kidnapped and the next 6 years forcefully trained to be sexy assassins. The survivors go on to be top int'l assassins known as China dolls. A CIA agent's on track of them.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Anya, Maggie Q, Daniel Wu, Jewel Lee

Votes: 6,711

Maggie Q getting her Hong Kong action start in a very poor movie with lots of fan service and girls fighting in skimpy clothes.

25. So Close (2002)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

A conflict of interest between two high-kicking assassin sisters is complicated as they're pursued by the criminals who hired them and an equally high-kicking female cop.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Qi Shu, Wei Zhao, Karen Mok, Seung-heon Song

Votes: 7,022 | Gross: $0.08M

26. Silver Hawk (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Lulu Wong lives a double life - part urban social butterfly, part vigilante superhero.

Director: Jingle Ma | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Kôichi Iwaki, Brandon Chang, Luke Goss

Votes: 2,188

27. Shadowless Sword (2005)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, History

So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family.

Director: Young-jun Kim | Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, So-yi Yoon, Seo-jin Lee, Ki-yong Lee

Votes: 2,705

28. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 16,664 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Raging Phoenix (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Romance

A violent gang is abducting and killing women around Thailand. Sanim and his friends, having had loved ones abducted, have joined together to break the gang of kidnappers. In a botched ... See full summary »

Director: Rashane Limtrakul | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Kazu Patrick Tang, Nui Saendaeng, Sompong Leartvimolkasame

Votes: 2,030

30. Reign of Assassins (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure

Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang, Barbie Hsu

Votes: 7,087

31. Kill 'em All (2012)

R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Captured international assassins are locked up inside a high-tech bunker known as the Killing Chamber. To break out of this concrete hell they must duel each other, fight deadly ninjas and ... See full summary »

Director: Raimund Huber | Stars: Johnny Messner, Chia-Hui Liu, Ammara Siripong, Joe Lewis

Votes: 1,295

32. Top Squad (1988)

91 min | Action, Comedy

Madame Wu (Sibelle Hu) has been assigned to the Hong Kong Police Academy to train female Banshee Squad Members, next door to the male Tiger Squad Members lead by Inspector Kan (Shui-Fan ... See full summary »

Director: Wellson Chin | Stars: Sibelle Hu, Cynthia Rothrock, Kara Wai, Regina Kent

Votes: 379

aka "The Inspector Wears Skirts", features Cynthia Rothrock

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