Royal Warriors (1986)

Posted in Reviews by - November 18, 2013
Royal Warriors (1986)

Exciting 80s buddy cop movie, but this is far from Lethal Weapon. Filmed the Hong Kong way, this plays hard and fast with wild set-pieces and gawping stunt work. Yeoh, in her second leading role for D&B Films, reprises her fearless by-the-book police officer from Yes, Madam!, forming part of a brave trio of cops who apprehend a mid-air hijacking onboard a passenger jet. Michael Wong plays her smitten Romeo – a sweet comedic ploy – and Sanada plays a Japanese family man on the brink of retiring and returning home. The war buddies of the crooks killed on the plane seek revenge, so they strap a bomb to the Sanada family car and kill his wife and child. Yeoh is tasked with either choosing her career or helping the men who depend on her. Apart from the twee and ubiquitous muzak, the film is mostly headstrong, edgy and relentless fun. It’s the sort of film in which Michelle Yeoh commandeers a battling ram to detach a coffin suspended from a crane in an abandoned quarry and is attacked by a man with a chainsaw. So, if you like that sort of thing, get involved.

AKA: In the Line of Duty.

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