Jackie Chan's Crime Force

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action

Having no relation to Jackie Chan whatsoever, the film originally titled GOLDEN QUEENS COMMANDO (aka AMAZON COMMANDO) (1984) is instead a cheesily entertaining hyperbolic female version of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) from loony Taiwanese director Chu Yen Ping. The CRIME FORCE title was the brainstorm of the company that gave the film its first official...read more

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Having no relation to Jackie Chan whatsoever, the film originally titled GOLDEN QUEENS COMMANDO (aka AMAZON COMMANDO) (1984) is instead a cheesily entertaining hyperbolic female version of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) from loony Taiwanese director Chu Yen Ping. The CRIME FORCE title was

the brainstorm of the company that gave the film its first official US home-video release in 1997.

Tough chick Black Fox (Brigitte Lin) helps half a dozen fellow inmates with various criminal specialties to bust out of a female prison during wartime in order to help her infiltrate a heavily protected valley where chemical weapons are being created. Together they elude an evil warlord but are

captured by a gang of bumbling goofs. In a series of contests including archery, pasta-eating, and beer-drinking, the women exhibit their superiority to the goofs and are set free, but the warlord's men ride in just behind them and raze the goof village; only the leader escapes. He joins with the

women as they kill the warlord and his men and attack the valley. There they find the warlord very much alive (they killed his twin), but in suicidal manner manage to blow him up and destroy the chemical weapons, leaving the head goof to carry off wounded Black Fox, the only surviving woman.

Chu Yen Ping is not a genre director so much as a pan-genre director. Thoroughly inconsistent and unpredictable, his films careen about like Mel Brooks parodies without the jokes. There's no reason whatsoever why the warlord's henchman in the last reel sports the exaggerated makeup and mannerisms

of a silent movie villain, but then again, there's no reason why he shouldn't. In the context of a film where one of the heroines is a kung fu-fighting amazon with a tomahawk, one a Chinese whore with a ridiculous Southern belle accent, and another dissolute street trash until she takes a sip of

wine and becomes a samurai dynamo, it's perfectly natural. Made between Chu's 1982 film FANTASY MISSION FORCE (which DID star Jackie Chan, in his weirdest movie ever) and PINK FORCE COMMANDOS (1984) with this same cast in similar roles, JACKIE CHAN'S CRIME FORCE is an amusing patchwork of stolen

ideas (and music) that couldn't care less about the niceties of competent filmmaking, as long as the viewer's never bored.

Originally presented widescreen, the version officially released on home video in 1997 is a "fullframe" nightmare that loses much of the printed information, with phrases like "BETAN PLATE" only hinting that we're on the Tibetan plateau. To make up for it (and justify a retitle that rips off both

JACKIE CHAN'S POLICE FORCE and CRIME STORY at once), the packagers prefaced the movie with a much later music video from co-star Sally Yeh, in a storyline with Jackie Chan as her protector/paramour. (Violence, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
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