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Yes, Madam! (1985)

Huang jia shi jie (original title)
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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 »

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Corey Yuen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Yeoh ... Inspector Ng
Cynthia Rothrock ... Inspector Carrie Morris
John Sham ... Strepsil
Hoi Mang ... Aspirin
Hark Tsui ... Panadol
James Tien ... Tin Wai-Keung
Dick Wei ... Dick
Fat Chung ... Mad-dog
Melvin Wong ... Chief Inspector Wong
Wai Shum ... Tin's Lawyer
Michael Harry Michael Harry ... Richard Nornen
Eddie Maher ... Thug with Fake Passport
Kei Mai ... Flasher in Video Store (as Chi Mi)
Chau Sang Lau ... Curry (as Li Ka)
Tai-Bo ... Officer Bo
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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 important microfilm in his passport, which the thieves pass onto a forger friend Panadol (Tsui Hark). Inspector Ng (Michelle Yeoh) is assigned to the case, along with Inspector Morris (Cynthia Rothrock) from Scotland Yard. The investigation leads the cops to the bumbling crooks and soon they are on Triad leader Tin's (James Tien) tail, he will stop at nothing to get the incriminating film back and with his hitman and bodyguard (Dick Wei) at his side, he proves too much for the inspectors to catch using legal means, in frustration they give up their badges and go after Tin alone. Written by themoviedb.org

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

30 November 1985 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Yes, Madam! See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Production Co:

D & B Films Co. Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While working a martial arts demonstration team, the magazine Inside Kung Fu contacted Cynthia Rothrock's team stating that D & B Film was looking for a new male lead to play a Bruce Lee-esque character in a film. Despite looking for a male lead the team has a few women on their team and decided to bring them to demonstrate their skills as well. The studio producers were so impressed with Rothrock's martial arts skills that they offered her the role in the film on the spot and changed the lead from a male to female. When arriving to shoot the film, Rothrock was surprised of her role as she assumed she was going to be in a traditional period martial arts film. See more »

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As Inspector Morris kicks a man over her head, she moves away from her (fake) leg. See more »

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English dubbed version is missing opening scene of library flasher and begins with a recycled scene from Pi li da la ba (1986) which has no relationship to the story. See more »

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Dated but still fun
5 September 2002 | by modiusSee all my reviews

Hong Kong Cinema has on many occasions either broken the mould of action movies or set a new high in action movies. This movie does the first. By pitting two of the world's major female fighters in the same kick-ass movie they break the mould of a majorly male lead industry.

Whilst this is comendable and indeed fantastic, the result is of kick-ass action female heros shows even females can kick ass and look damn good doing it.

Unfortuently although this film is fun, it isn't up to scratch on the plot, writing or characters. It still plays like the old cliched action movies of the past. It still has one-dimensional people, over the top bad guys and a story that doesn't make sense the more it is explained.

You shouldn't concern yourself with the plot in this movie, although it really does pull this movie down slowly but surely. Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock team up to track down the murderer of a British Diplomat. Rothrock is from Scotland Yard and immediatley makes an impression with her almost upskirt camera angles and her long skirt waving about on screen as she kicks and beats an escaping convict.

But Rothrock's character is muddled. Why is she constantly beating up prisoners? Why is she angry all the time? Was the diplomat Rothrock's father? Nope. Does Scotland Yard's way of questioning come from a POW camp? Who knows. Fortuently her character is muted along the film so we don't have to think about it. Rothrock's fiery character is played against the sure and measured response of the beautiful Michelle Yeoh.

The film is rather dated. The film quality isn't all that good. The one dimensional characters do not make it feel as good as it could have been. Dick Wei in his usual bad guy routine plays a damn good bodyguard to the drug dealing bad guy but during the end sequences he is left as the only man to stop these two girls. Their two on one fight is very, very short...It should have been five times as long.

Also I have a problem with the character of "Mad Dog". Who is he? Why is he there? What's wrong with his 'tache? Why has he got a US army uniform on? His character is perhaps the worst of the one dimensional characters in the film, and that's not even including the ravenousily cackling drugs baron bad guy. I kept shouting "stop laughing for goodness sake".

The end fight sequence is amazing as Rothrock and Yeoh gatecrash the drugs baron's mansion - and the ending is pretty good with the bad guy getting away with his crimes *well, almost*. But it isn't as good as the DVD seems to think it is.

The DVD version has no audio commentary, the interview has no questions just answers and when questioned the interviewees don't even talk about the movie, which seems strange considering this is what I paid for.

As police action movies goes Yes Madam or Police Assassins is a dated but still fun attempt to break the mould of action movies. And whilst it does do this, it doesn't do it in the same way as say Jackie Chan's prolific and far superior "Police Story". I'd buy that instead. But if your into female fighting films, this is probably a good a start as any.

Overall: 4/10.


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