DU XIAN FENG
director: Tin Hung Yiu
starring: Yukari Oshima · Sing Ngai (Collin Chou) · Wah Yen · Wai Lam
· Wu Bin-Mei · Alan Chung
Oshima plays Yi Chian, a traffic cop promoted to the Anti-Drug Task
Force after assisting in a high profile capture of a powerful dealer.
The new gangster boss of the drug-trafficking empire, Lin Chia-Teng
(perennial bad guy Yuen Wah), sets his sites on the elimination of all
meddling cops. He and his ruthless female assistant Wu Chun (a truly
evil villain played by Wu Bin-Mei) orchestrate brutal hits against the
authorities until Yi Chian leads a counterattack.
many other Yukari Oshima actioners, she is not relegated to the background
here. In fact, the entire film rests squarely on her shoulders, and
many genre fans have stated that this is the very best of Yukari's cinematic
work. Her action sequences - incidentally, designed by her and enacted
without the use of any stunt doubles - are a dazzling array of jumping,
flipping and martial arts moves. For example, in one segment, Ms Oshima
dives through a train window, holds balance with her feet on the window
ledge, flips under the train, allowing herself a clean shot of her assailant's
Hung Yiu is a Hong Kong studio editor who also directed only a handful
of films [sometimes under the name Heaven Yiu]. The filmmaker concentrates
on a very simple story here, opting instead for a proliferation of kinetic
action sequences. The second half of the movie is almost non-stop mayhem.
Co-star Collin Chou [from his pre-Matrix days when he
was still known as Sing Ngai] plays the minimal role of Officer
Li Fan, a traffic cop who happens to be Yi Chian's boyfriend. He would
later become a major player in martial arts films, including BADGE
OF FURY, PAINTED
SKIN: MURAL, FLASHPOINT,
Taiwanese Film with English and Chinese subtitles; widescreen format
(16:9), uncut (91 min.),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected Yukari Oshima trailers.
for Mature Audiences