In The Line Of Duty 4

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime, Martial Arts

Although the action comes neatly packed, screenwriters Anthony Wong and Chueng Chi Shing fill the story with so many double crosses that it sometimes unravels under their weight. Though proud of being a legal immigrant, Luk Wan-Ting (Yuen Yat Chor) finds himself in hot water while working at the Seattle docks in 1989. A local police detective known...read more

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Although the action comes neatly packed, screenwriters Anthony Wong and Chueng Chi Shing fill the story with so many double crosses that it sometimes unravels under their weight.

Though proud of being a legal immigrant, Luk Wan-Ting (Yuen Yat Chor) finds himself in hot water while working at the Seattle docks in 1989. A local police detective known as "The Black Cat" snaps surveillance photos and disrupts a major drug deal at a waterfront warehouse, but crooked CIA bigwig Robertson has a vested interested in the shipment and shoots him. Before dying, the Black Cat slips Luk a roll of highly incriminating film; Robertson tries to get hold of the film, but before he can do so The Black Cat’s partners, Ms. Yeung (Cynthia Khan) and Donny (Donnie Yen) take the bewildered Luk into custody. Though innocent, Luk sees clearly that he's not going to get a fair shake, so he escapes from and prevails upon his friend, Tommy, to help him flee to Hong Kong birthplace. While Donny tries to figure out just how involved Luk was in the drug deal, Robertson’s minions murder Tommy and pursue Luk. The good cops follow Luk to Hong Kong, where they arrest him and start the extradition paperwork. Unaccustomed to foreign intrigue, the American cops have their hands full protecting their prisoner; they're held accountable for the fact that Luk escaped the US in the first place, chastised and forced to work under highly regarded CIA operative Michael (Michael Wong Man-Tak). Attempts are made on both their lives, and it comes as no surprise that Michael is in cahoots with Robertson; their financing campaigns in Central America with drug money. As Donny and Ms. Yeung attempt to outdo CIA-trained assassins, both Luk and his over-protective mother (Chiao Chiao) bring their martial-arts skills into the fray!

Sloppy dubbing can't be blamed on the filmmakers, but the fact that the Pacific Northwest and the Far East look exactly alike can. That said, location credibility and shabby lip-synching won’t matter to the die-hard martial arts whop constitute this kick-boxing flicks target audience.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Although the action comes neatly packed, screenwriters Anthony Wong and Chueng Chi Shing fill the story with so many double crosses that it sometimes unravels under their weight. Though proud of being a legal immigrant, Luk Wan-Ting (Yuen Yat Chor) f… (more)

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