The Avenging Quartet
Original title: Ba hai hong ying
- 1h 36m
A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.
Chin is a cop with the Beijing military police who is in love with an artist named Hsiong. Hsiong is also connected with some local Triad figures and after a deal with another gang to buy a priceless Japanese painting ends up with a brutal gun battle, Hsiong killed one of the Beijing cops in self-defense. Chin leaves the force and searches for Hsiong, who might be in Hong Kong in an attempt to reunite with him. Then there's Feng, a tough Chinese girl who's older brother is the leader of the Triad that Hsiong worked with. It turns out that Feng and Hsiong also have a love thing going on, but when her brother died and Hsiong disappeared she was all alone. But on a particular night, Feng meets Chin when a bunch of thugs take Chin's picture of Hsiong away from her and the girls unleash their martial arts skill on the thugs. Chin and Feng become good friends and Chin stays with Feng at her condo. But things get hectic for Feng when she gets into a fight with her brother's Japanese wife Sen and is asked to turn state's evidence. Feng doesn't trust Sen because of her Japanese nationality and she thinks Sen is a gold-digging leech. Also, Sen has a personal vendetta against Hsiong. When she tried to sleep with him, Hsiong told Feng's brother and for her unfaithful behavior, Feng's brother beats her and scars her back. Sen wants revenge on Hsiong and will hurt anyone who tries to help him. Finally, Paul, a silly Hong Kong cop is thrown into the mix to protect Feng and Chin from Sen's thugs and Oshima, a Japanese agent is called in to retrieve the Japanese painting that Hsiong had, as it contains secrets from World War II that the Chinese government mustn't get ahold of. When Sen and Oshima meet, they decide to form an alliance and Chin and Hsiong finally reunite with each other, which made Feng kind of jealous. But Chin and Hsiong's happy reunion will have to wait, as Sen and her Triad thugs finally corner them and are intent on making Hsiong suffer the same pain Sen suffered. Together with Paul and Feng, the group starts a full-scale war with guns, followed by an all-out martial arts brawl with both sides using anything they can get their hands on. But when the smoke does clear though, which side will be left standing? No matter who wins, neither side will be taking prisoners. Then and only then will there be no retreat and no surrender. —Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)
- martial arts
- kung fu
- police officer killed by silenced gun
- police protection
- police officer killed in hospital
- 6 more
This movie essentially begins with an ancient painting from the Sung Dynasty which was taken during World War 2 by the occupying Japanese forces. As the war progressed the Japanese army began experimenting with biological weapons and used Chinese citizens to test them on. However, with the war now turning against them--and the possibility of being executed for war crimes--the Japanese military decided to hide certain top secret files inside of this valuable Sung painting with the idea of eventually bringing it back to Japan. Unfortunately for them, the painting was stolen not long afterward--along with the horrific information contained inside. Needless to say, the Chinese government, unaware of the secret files inside, wants the painting because of its historic value. The Japanese government, on the other hand, wants the painting in order to avoid embarrassment concerning their atrocities. As a result, when the painting turns up on the black market, a number of people want this painting at all cost. This brings us to the present with a Chinese policewoman named "Chin" (Cynthia Khan) in the process of busting a secret transaction involving a Chinese Triad from Hong Kong. When a gun fight breaks out between the police and the Triad, Chin is saved at the last minute by one of the criminals--who just happens to be her former boyfriend, "Hsiong" (Waise Lee). Figuring that he might be implicated in the murder of several policemen, Hsiong flees the mainland and makes his way back to Hong Kong. That said, even though it has been seven years since she had last seen him, Chin decides to travel to Hong Kong to find him. What Chin doesn't realize is that Hsiong has changed quite a bit and since he has possession of the painting a lot of other people are also looking for him as well. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that I found this movie to be somewhat unusual in that it incorporates both action and comedy but then changes rather dramatically toward the end. Yet, even though I didn't particularly care for this sudden change, I must admit that the film itself was fairly entertaining all the same. Additionally, having four lovely actresses like Moon Lee (as "Feng"), Michiko Nishiwaki ("Sen"), Yukari Oshima ("Oshima") and the aforementioned Cynthia Khan certainly didn't hurt either. All things considered then, I rate this movie as slightly above average.
- Mar 27, 2016
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