Jade Leung, who delivers a lethal kick, the deadly and awesome cop who teams with policewoman Anita Lee track an arms dealer in Singapore. The fighting and stuntwork in this action film has audiences cheering for the women when they show their stuff.Written by
Towne 3, San Jose, Ca
Although this movie has that feeling of sloppiness not uncommon in low-budget HK action films of the 90's, it does offer two beautiful, brave women in the main roles, and I can think of many worse ways to spend some time than watching them do their thing. While neither Jade Leung nor Anita Lee are, as far as I know, real-life martial artists, they throw themselves into their roles with energy and spirit. The fight scenes have a Jackie Chan flavor to them, with props and surroundings coming into play. Jade plays a suicidal, edgy cop that is clearly modelled on Mel Gibson's character from "Lethal Weapon", and she does some impressive stunts, including a probably "Police Story 3"-inspired scene where she hangs on to a flying helicopter! (maybe she was doubled for parts of the stunt, but it's also clear that she did a lot of it herself). Anita is sweet and girlish, but when it's time for action, she's all business. You gotta love a bikini cutie with a gun! My main complaints about "Satin Steel" are the somewhat jarring moments of graphic violence (including a cut-off ear) in what is generally a lightweight film, and also the over-use of slow motion in some action scenes. On the other hand, the over-use of slow motion when Jade Leung is running is more than welcome. (**1/2)
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