A rather strained action comedy from Hong Kong, LADY HUNTER features notable fighting femme Cynthia Khan as a suspended cop trying to get the goods on the gang that framed her while also trying to protect her dad from a gold-digging younger woman.
Policewoman Cecilia Yang (Cynthia Khan) runs afoul of the notorious Five Fingers gang of Hong Kong. The gang leader frames Cecilia for the murder of five drug addicted teenagers. Cecilia is suspended pending an investigation, but she pursues the gang on her own with the help of her boss, Inspector
Kong (Tommy Wong Kwong-Leung) and private eye Charlie Chan (Anthony Wong), a former cop. Complicating matters is the fact that Mr. Yang, Cecilia's father, is about to marry Helen (Kara Hui Ying Hung), a much younger woman and the former moll of the lead Finger. Cecilia is suspicious and has
Charlie's girlfriend Telly (Sheila Chan) work as a maid for Mr. Yang in order to keep an eye on Helen.
Cecilia and Chan are repeatedly attacked by members of the gang. Helen proves she's on the level by defending Yang from two attacks and leading Cecilia and her party to the Fingers' hideout, culminating in a climactic battle in an abandoned building between Cecilia and the lead Finger.
Cynthia Khan and Anthony Wong have both been seen to better effect in many far superior Hong Kong films. Khan has a handful of good fight scenes here; in one, she ignores a bomb-wearing opponent's threat to blow them both up and deftly kicks him off a rooftop, calmly watching his falling body
explode several stories down. Aside from such moments, the film has little to recommend it, especially since the action is so weighted down with "comedy" that substitutes shrillness for wit. It isn't helped by substandard English dubbing, although in one inspired moment, the manic Telly addresses
the heroine with a chorus of "Cecilia, you're breaking my heart."
Produced in 1993 and more commonly known as MADAME CITY HUNTER, this is one of many lesser HK action films unloaded by Tai Seng Video Marketing for U.S. release as part of its budget line of fighting female crime films. In the copy reviewed, there were no English-language credits, although a
lengthy highway scene at the beginning indicates that a place was reserved for them. (Violence)
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- Released: 1992
- Review: A rather strained action comedy from Hong Kong, LADY HUNTER features notable fighting femme Cynthia Khan as a suspended cop trying to get the goods on the gang that framed her while also trying to protect her dad from a gold-digging younger woman. Policew… (more)