A contemporary superhero yarn released on video in the US, MIDNIGHT ANGEL follows the exploits of a female avenger who puts on a mask and costume to battle criminals in modern Hong Kong. Lacking the polish and high-octane thrills of other Hong Kong fare, it nonetheless boasts some
impressive, high-kicking kung fu action.
A small group of police, that has connections to three adopted sisters and their retired grandfather (Shih Kien), is confronted by a crime wave led by gang boss Bull (Melvin Wong), who is responsible for several guns-for-drugs deals. When a raid on Bull results in the death of Detective Tak (Mark
Cheng), the fiance of oldest sister Ying (Yukari Oshima), the group is determined to capture Bull.
In response to growing crime, Rabbit (May Law), the youngest sister, puts on a mask and black costume and becomes the "Cotton Flower," so called because she leaves tiny cotton flowers with the crime victims she rescues. Rabbit ultimately directs her efforts against Bull and his gang. One of the
police, Chief Yau (Miu Kiu-wai), seeks the identity of Cotton Flower, with help from old Inspector Chao.
Rabbit discovers that Tak is alive and working undercover and tells Ying. When Rabbit tries to break up one of Bull's drug deals, she is joined by a second Cotton Flower, who turns out to be Ying. Back home, Rabbit and Ying are joined by Tak, who warns them of the impending arrival of Bull's
assassins. A major battle is halted only by the arrival of more police.
Bull sets a trap for Cotton Flower, but is met at his dockside hideout by all three sisters dressed in masks and black costumes. They engage Bull and his gang in a furious battle. Bull is killed and dressed up as Cotton Flower to fool the persistent Inspector Chao.
Like so many Hong Kong action films, MIDNIGHT ANGEL takes a good premise and dilutes it with unnecessary farcical elements. While the scenes of the masked female avengers in action generate some excitement, the film's bumbling male cops continually undercut any suspense or tension. However, fans
will welcome the escalating fight scenes in which the three fighting females take on the bad guys with displays of kung fu and acrobatics, dominated by Oshima, whose high-kicking skills made her a cult favorite. Also on hand is Shih Kien, remembered by kung fu fans as the villainous Master Han in
Bruce Lee's ENTER THE DRAGON (1973). (Violence.)
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- Released: 1988
- Rating: NR
- Review: A contemporary superhero yarn released on video in the US, MIDNIGHT ANGEL follows the exploits of a female avenger who puts on a mask and costume to battle criminals in modern Hong Kong. Lacking the polish and high-octane thrills of other Hong Kong fare, i… (more)