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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 murdered. but Cindy Si is soon on his case and it all spirals into a situation only a few will survive.Written by
Cynthia Rothrock was originally supposed to act in Jackie Chan's Armour of God, but due to Chan's injuries halting production of the movie, Rothrock was re-assigned to play as the lead actress in this film. See more »
During the finale when Jason arrives at the airport, he's wearing a long coat, but in the next shot, he's wearing a short one. See more »
Mandarin and U.K. Dubbed versions add/delete/change the following scenes:
Adds an extended dialogue scene with the witness family in the beginning.
The U.K. version removes Biao's speech in the courtroom about Law and Justice after he's heard about the witness family.
Adds a Rambo-esque sequence showing Yuen Biao's character getting ready to assassinate his first victim.
In the U.K. cut, most of the Mahjong game seuqence has been removed from Rothrock's opening scene. This scene also ends earlier than in all other versions.
U.K. version cuts Bad Egg's (Corey Yuen) opening scene where he opens a package of strange dirty meat and begins to make a pig of himself while making all the other officers feel sick.
The interigation scene with Bad Egg and the felon who assaulted a "white woman" has been removed from the U.K. Version.
The scene where Bad Egg gets a ticket has been shortened in the Mandarin version BUT the U.K. version was shortened even more to the point where there was no longer a joke-like vibe.
Added an extra scene where Rothrock's character explains more clearly why she has to look through the parking tickets - making more work office for Bad Egg and the other officers.
No hidden blade or stabbing is visible when the Boss kills the crimelord with his "special" pipe.
An added scene with Rothrock and her boss shortly after the villa scene.
The scene where Rothrock follows Biao to court and tries to arrest him in front of the Judge has been cut out. The sequence soon after where she shoots out an angry motorists tire was also cut out.
An added scene showing Fan Siu Wong and his mute grandfather - showing that he'd been stealing to feed him.
The scene were Badd Egg doesn't know how to spell "Heat" is cut out of the U.K. version.
When Rothrock stops Biao and Fan Siu Wong from escaping the parking garage (right after the fight with the black assasin), Biao escapes Rothrock's custody in the U.K. version. BUT in the Mandarin version, Biao volutarily goes into custody and encounters the boss while in handcuffs. Biao is then released soon after Rothrock's battle with Karen Shepard.
The final Hangar scene has been extremely altered to fit a different ending sequence. The changed parts are visible as Rothrock's hair is now a different style.
When Biao is sentenced in the Mandarin version, he is given life. BUT in the U.K. version, he is given eight years.
Cynthia Rothrock turned down a part opposite Jackie Chan to play a larger role in this Yuen Biao action thriller. Biao plays a lawyer who takes the law into his own hands when the bad guys shoot a good friend of his outside the courthouse (hence the UK title 'Above The Law'). Rothrock plays an almost identical role to that of the earlier genre classic 'Yes, Madam'. Corey Yuen Kwai takes the action a step further than that in 'Yes, Madam', making Biao and Rothrock look better than ever in a number of impressive action sequences.
Biao's acrobatic talents are showcased magnificently as he flips, kicks, abseils and uses all available weapons (vases, axes and dead bodies!) in an attempt to punish the crimes of others.
This is the definitive Hong Kong action flick of the 80's, easily on a par with 'Police Story' and should take pride of place in any fan's collection.
Also, if possible, get the 'Universe' DVD as this contains both versions of the film and the original language.
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