A lightweight and predictable plot allows for maximum action from an appealing cast.
When a major drug deal gets quashed by the police, an international cartel hires Mr. Lion (Simon Yam) to kill the four cops responsible. Using his top assassins, Lion kills three of the four, but the last, Rose Wong (Moon Lee), instead captures her would-be killer with the help of visiting FBI
agent Steven (Max Mok). Lion then sends an assault team to get them all, succeeding only in killing the captured assassin.
But the cops plant a story that the assassin is still alive in the hospital, so Lion sends hitman Panther (Ken Lo) to terminate him. Escaping the police trap, Panther flees with his hitwoman girlfriend Lynx (Takashino Fujibu), only to be shot by an unknown assassin. Believing Lion to be
doublecrossing them, Lynx sides with the cops in a raid on Lion's lair, but dies at his hands before Lion makes a getaway by boat.
Steven, it turns out, has a secret agenda--to ferret out Lion's partner within the police. Trailing Rose's boss, Chief Chan (Kwan Hoi San), to Lion's hideout, Steven and Rose engage the criminals in battle after Chan is killed. The bad guys are all wiped out save Lion, who is chasing Rose when the
cops blow him away.
Titled MISSION OF CONDOR overseas, the film still refers to the initial police sting as "Operation Condor"--no relation to the 1991 Jackie Chan movie, although Chan's real-life bodyguard and frequent fight partner, Ken Lo, does appear as hitman Panther. A former champion kickboxer, he has a couple
of brief fights before dying by bullet. Pixieish action star Moon Lee is hugely appealing as usual, whether cutting down armies of bad guys with her arsenal of guns or knocking the stuffing out of them with spinning kicks. Nicely choreographed and well shot, the action makes even non-athletes Max
Mok and Simon Yam seem like seasoned fighters. Simon looks his fashionplate best as the drug dealer with a sideline in murder (offering double-your-money-back guarantees if the hit goes wrong), wearing zebra jackets and colorful scarves; Mok makes an impishly charming secret agent, at one point
looking at a front-on photo of Rose and proclaiming, "nice ass."
The bad guys are of course duplicitous and quick to turn on one another, while the cops naturally shoot first and ask questions later--if anybody's left alive, which rarely happens. Fans of fighting women will be in bliss. Rose's cousin Lily is basically along for comic relief, but even she gets
to drop-kick some baddies and shoot a big gun. Unfortunately, there's a strange jump-cut in the version released on US home-video: about an hour in, the film leaps from Panther in the hospital discovering he's been set up, to Panther and Lynx badly wounded and limping to the supposed safe-house.
For some reason, a little over three minutes of the film are missing, wherein Panther battles Steven, then tangles with Rose, leaping from a balcony to race away in Lynx's car, kill a motorcycle cop, and crash the car. (Violence, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1991
- Review: A lightweight and predictable plot allows for maximum action from an appealing cast. When a major drug deal gets quashed by the police, an international cartel hires Mr. Lion (Simon Yam) to kill the four cops responsible. Using his top assassins, Lion kil… (more)