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Good action and fighting from Michelle Yeoh. She's really pretty and tough lady fighter. Michelle help a man deliver firearms to a village. The chief kill the man. Michelle want to get payment from him and he play tricks. She show them her kung fu, wielding a bullwhip at them, get her money and escape. Derek Yee run away from 2 Japanese soldiers in Mongolia. He find local village lord Lowell Lo who is helping him. The Japanese army general Tetsuya Matsui strike a deal with Lowell to build poison gas factory. Some thugs question Ku Feng and Michelle came to save her grandpa. It is just a test to show the army general how good she is. They need her to fly Lowell to Canton because he have information about Japanese. She is to meet the secret agent Derek. The messenger pigeon is frighten off by his pursuer. Richard Ng caught it and roast it and wear the watch to identify. Michelle is chase by a Japanese plane and she is force to land after killing the enemy. Richard is wanted by some gangsters and Cindy Lau save him. She got confuse as to who's right and wrong and give up. Michelle saw the watch on Richard and thought he is the agent and save him from the thugs. The 2 Japanese pretend to be agent as well and bring the duo to the enemy camp. Derek came and together they beat them up. He identify himself and Richard left. Tetsuya test the poison gas on a intruder. The injured Japanese came to warn Tetsuya and Derek kill him. Michelle save Lowell and Cindy want to follow him. Richard is caught and Derek fight the baddies. He break open the poison gas cannister and they escape. They go to the Japanese camp to steal fuel for Michelle plane. Tetsuya ambush them and Derek want to die together with him. Michelle kick his lighter away and all escape. She distract the baddies and the others crash out of the camp. They go back to save her but the jeep is blow up by Tetsuya. All of them are sentence to death for going against Japanese. Lowell bluff Cindy they are freed. Tetsuya want Lowell to read out a decree and sentence them to death. He did the opposite. The minister oppose and have him sentence to death as well. Cindy try to stop and also caught. Her father is killed. The villagers chat Lowell name and free them. They defend their village against Tetsuya army. Michelle and Cindy kill the traitor minister. Tetsuya found the place where the old hide and hold them hostage. Those old people rather fight than surrender. Lowell fire the machine gun and kill many. Michelle let Tetsuya go. He tell his superior the people rather burn the city than surrender and they left. They all survive and have to rebuild the city.
Not bad action flick. Well chosen Fortune Star.
Fun Raiders of the Lost Ark-meets-kung-fu concept. Has at least one career highlight reel-type action sequence featuring Michelle Yeoh, who also looks pretty cute in a leather pilot's jacket.
Monday, March 19, 2012
(1987) Magnificent Warriors
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
Michelle Kahn/ Yeoh's third action film as a first leading actress, this time has her as an arms dealer sometime during WWII but still fighting for the Chinese cause mixing herself up with a takeover of a small village somewhere around the outskirts of Asia and the Japanese invasion. Along the way, she teams up with Tung-Shing Yee as comedy relief and Derek Yee as the Chinese spy spying for the Chinese cause to prevent any collaboration with the Japanese army from happening. The hard hitting martial arts action is the key here which has more ation than Michelle's two previous efforts!
3.5 out of 4
Playing the same song loop is annoying. Good fights, dated effects. Yeoh does some great things with a whip.
Some good rope and whip action in the fight scenes, but the movie loses steam at the halfway point. even the fight scenes are not in the second half. A very static action adventure.
Such an old movie but the action does Michelle did is amazing...
Not even Michelle Yeoh can save this film from being average. The fight scene's are ok, and some are even great, but the run time is 20 mintues too long so the fight action can't cover all the ground.
The asian Indiana Jones. The only thing Michelle needs is the hat...and a penis...of course...
Great repairing of star Michelle Yeoh and Director David Chung. Action is superbly choreographed by Stephen Tung Wei. The overlong battle that breaks up the finale is the only thing I can fault. Superb fun :)