Prefaced by a video tour of Jackie Chan's home hosted by a proud and beaming Jackie himself, this misleadingly retitled quickie is actually the forgettable FINAL GATE (1991), a cheap and cheesy actioner made with no connection to or participation by Chan whatsoever, but released on US
home-video in 1997 to cash in on JACKIE CHAN'S FIRST STRIKE (1997).
Peter Liang (Derek Yee) is celebrating his son's birthday at home with the family when gunmen burst in, killing his wife and son. Escaping with his infant daughter, Liang discovers that the hit was meant for his next door neighbor Chuck, a small-time drug courier. Liang arranges for Chuck to meet
with the narcotics squad to try and identify the killers, but unfortunately the narcotics squad are the killers, led by Captain Keeler (Saskia Van Rijswijk). They kill Chuck and frame Liang for the murder.
Superintendant Ho (Sibelle Hu) of the homicide division, believing Liang innocent, discovers the narcotics squad burying the body of a drug confederate Keeler killed, but the evil narcs get the upper hand, until Liang--a demolitions expert--arrives on a motorcycle bearing bombs. The bad cops
scatter and begin to argue among themselves, with Keeler freely killing her squad members to cover her tracks. But after being shot by one of the underlings she sought to eliminate, Keeler is captured by Liang and turned over to the good cops.
Seeking to cash in on the popular fighting femme genre in Hong Kong, Dutch female kickboxing champion and Penthouse model Saskia Van Rijswijk made this, her second and last Asian fight flick after the slightly less awful CHINA WHITE (1990). Actually there's precious little fighting in the film,
with Van Rijswijk and action mainstay Sibelle Hu not tangling until the climax, and even then the confrontation is over in moments. The story is mainly carried by Derek Yee, a former costume actor for the Shaw Brothers studio (SHAOLIN PRINCE) who turned award-winning director (C'EST LA VIE, MON
CHERIE). Given a good script and worthy director, Yee can shine as an actor--in David Chung's MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS (1987) he's a terrifically appealing romantic action foil to Michelle Yeoh's female Indiana Jones. Here, his part could have been played by Shemp Howard with little difference.
Whatever impact the film has comes from its moments of pure viciousness: Liang's screaming son handcuffed to the bannister in a house ablaze, and the infant daughter crying in a highchair inches away from real flames; the bad cop played by Frankie Chin (FULL CONTACT, STORY OF RICKY) dangling from
a rope and set on fire; Keeler later stabbing a druglord in the head and beating him to death with an alarm clock. For the raincoat crowd, Van Rijswijk does manage to turn up in gratuitous bathing suit, wet T-shirt, and (thru-the-frosted glass) shower scenes. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations,adult situations)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: NR
- Review: Prefaced by a video tour of Jackie Chan's home hosted by a proud and beaming Jackie himself, this misleadingly retitled quickie is actually the forgettable FINAL GATE (1991), a cheap and cheesy actioner made with no connection to or participation by Chan w… (more)