3 August 2002 | esteepswong
It would be great if Hong Kong could still produce such movies these days.
This 1995 effort might be 7 years old now but it has to be a collector's item for fans of the cop and robbers genre. This movie has all the ingredients that an action cop movie should have with all the bang-bang guns, car-chase, explosion, double-crossing, breath-taking fights & etc. Come to think of it, you would only find all these in a Hong Kong action movie if only Chow Yun-Fat, Jackie Chan or Jet Li in it. However this movie has neither of them and instead we have Danny Lee, the truly police image actor of Hong Kong show business. Looking back at the actor's filmography, we can find almost 8 out of 10 of Danny Lee's movies, he would have played a cop so who would have been a better choice than him to play this role in this movie. Alongside Danny Lee, we have hunk Michael Chow playing his side kick and together these 2 really bonded as a pair of crime buster. A pair made in heaven. Unlike in Lethal Weapon whereby we also have 2 cops, one straight and the other bending the rules, here we see both Danny Lee and Michael Chow portraying roles of similar attitudes and similar in motives. That's the different here.
The movie shot almost entirely in Taiwan about both Danny & Michael being summoned to assist the Taiwan authorities on narcotic cases. While in Taiwan, they unexpectedly bumped into a drug trafficker (Yee Fan-Wei) who has earlier outwitted them in a narcotic operation in Hong Kong. From here on our heroes unearth more and more unexpected events that's breath taking all the way till the end. The conversation dialogue in the movie comprises a mixture of both of Cantonese and Mandarin and that's the comic side of the movie. There was suppose to be a love plot between Danny Lee and Jean Wang in the movie but with all the actions in the movie, there was no time left to develop it which is the little disappointment in the movie. There was a hint at the ending of the movie that there might be a sequel. However it's been 7 years now since this movie has been released so a sequel would really be doubtful.
This is a truly entertaining Hong Kong action flick that would not disappoint those who love movies in the action genre like Heat, Lethal Weapon & etc. I have not enjoyed any movie lately, as much as since Te jing ji xian feng a.k.a. Asian Connection, that has the quality to surpass it in terms of action and entertainment. If only they could still produce such great stuff these days, wouldn't that be great. It is truly recommended as a collection.