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Tie jia wu di Ma Li Ya (1988)

The Hero Gang is a nasty group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1 and 2. While Pioneer 1 looks like an oridinary robot, Pioneer 2 has been modelled on Maria... See full summary »

Directors:

David Chung (as Chung Chi-Man), Hark Tsui (uncredited)

Writer:

Kai-Chi Yuen (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Sham ... Curly
Sally Yeh ... Maria, The Robot
Hark Tsui ... Whisky
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... T.Q. Zhuang (Guest star) (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ching-Ying Lam ... B 12 (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Chan ... Curly's Boss
Teddy Chan Teddy Chan
Kwok-Chi Chiu Kwok-Chi Chiu
Wing Cho
Kong Chow
Paul Chun ... Police Captain
Yin Cheung Joh Yin Cheung Joh
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong
Ben Lam ... Saviour
Foo-Wai Lam
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Storyline

The Hero Gang is a nasty group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1 and 2. While Pioneer 1 looks like an oridinary robot, Pioneer 2 has been modelled on Maria, the gang's #2 thug. When Pioneer 2 gets damaged during a mission to kill an outcast gang member, an inventor on the police force takes her and changes some of her programming. This new code, plus a few injuries to her logic center, start causing Pioneer 2 to develop her own personality. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

10 March 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Roboforce See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The English dubbed version deletes all of the pop songs found on the soundtrack (including the catchy title tune) in favor of an often wholly ill-fitting synthesizer score. See more »

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References The Transformers (1984) See more »

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The only thing better than one Sally Yeh is two of them
16 January 2008 | by gridoon2018See all my reviews

Imaginative action sequences (particularly the clash of two robots, and one involving a flying motorcycle), impressive special effects (mostly just good old-fashioned mechanical stuff), and Sally Yeh's incredible beauty and solid acting make up for a less-than-engaging story in this bizarre Hong Kong action-fantasy-comedy, which I would recommend mostly to experienced HK viewers, and maybe comic book fans. The first 40 minutes or so are kind of hard to sit through, but then some of the jokes start working, the action becomes more frequent, and Sally Yeh begins to play a bigger part in the movie. Actually, she plays TWO parts: a vicious villainess, and a robot that's made by the bad guys to look just like her and eventually gets re-programmed by the good guys to help them out. It also starts developing human emotions, and it's to Sally Yeh's credit that, using only a few expressions, she manages to give this robot a human soul and make you care about her. And did I mention she is just incredibly, pause-the-DVD-to-admire-her-face beautiful? (**1/2)


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