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Above the Law (1986)

Zhi fa xian feng (original title)
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Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are ... See full summary »

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Corey Yuen

Writers:

Cheuk-Hon Szeto (screenplay), Barry Wong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ... Hsia Ling-Cheng / Jason Chan
Cynthia Rothrock ... Cindy Si / Sandy Jones
Melvin Wong ... Superinendent Wong Jing-Wai
Roy Chiao ... Magistrate / The Judge
Corey Yuen ... Bad Egg / Joe Do
Wu Ma ... Uncle Tsai / Joe's Father
Siu-Wong Fan ... Yu Chi-Wen / Sammy
Paul Chang ... Four Eyes Bill (as Paul Cheung)
James Tien James Tien ... Chow Ting-Kwong / Johnny Kwong
Siu-Ming Lau ... Yu's Grandfather
Gei Ying Chan Gei Ying Chan ... Hsia's Girlfriend (as Sandy Chan)
Peter Cunningham ... Black Assassin
Karen Sheperd ... Karen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan
Siu Ping Cheng ... Mrs. Leung (as Cheng Siu Ping)
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Storyline

Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan a lawyer, angry at the way the law seems to protect the bad guys, he decides to take the law into his own hands when a key witness and his entire family are murdered. but Cindy Si is soon on his case and it all spirals into a situation only a few will survive. Written by <justrob2001@aol.com>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

27 November 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Melvin Wong, the airplane hangar fight between him and Biao Yuen was "guest directed" by none other than Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. See more »

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When Siu-Wong Fan's character is assassinated, members of the production crew are seen reflected in his sunglasses. See more »

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Featured in The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1990) See more »

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Fun stuff, but sadly I was disappointed at finally seeing this
6 June 2007 | by petepSee all my reviews

I just got that new Dragon Dynasty version of the film, though I'd never seen it before last night. Haven't watched any of the extras yet, though from what I've read here this is the "downbeat" Cantonese cut of the film. I must admit I'm disappointed in the film, though can still justify a decent score. I really liked Yuen Biao as well as the lead villain. I just realized that Bad Egg was played by the director, haha. The film had some big laughs, perhaps occasionally unintentional, but also some great action.

There were a lot of problems with the editing and stunt-work though. I know they make these movies fast and for not much money, but this one seemed cut together more carelessly than most. Also, despite how talented all the stunt people and the leads are in the film's action scenes, there were way too many moments where I saw wires or could clearly see the faces of stunt-doubles. Especially for Rothrock. Sometimes they'd put makeup on the guy. And one of the doubles for her looked like Biao himself. I know you can never be perfect with such things, but it was just much more obvious than in many other films of the genre that I've seen.

On sort of a side note, you ever notice the ramp effect with vehicles in action movies? The most common example would be of a speedboat hitting the low end of another boat and rocketing through the air. You occasionally see this with cars too. Here in Above the Law a.k.a. Righting Wrongs, you see it with a car chasing down Yuen Biao going off of a parked car. Of course the car is in front of a railing up high on a multi-level parking garage. And I don't know my models but it's probably a Mitsubishi since they made it into EVERY Hong Kong action movie in the 80s. But the parked car wasn't particularly low to the ground. The moving car didn't hit any objects to lift it's front end up. It just jumps the other like a ramp. I don't know if this is really a complaint. It was odd, but hysterical.

If we're talking recommendations and I have to exclude anything with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, or Jet Li, I'd recommend any of the first four In the Line of Duty movies over this. But it's still a decent action movie and any fan of Yuen Biao in particular really needs to see it.


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