Beauty Investigator (HK 1992)

Rating: ***
Cast: Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima, Sophia Crawford, Billy Chow, Melvin Wong

This is only an average film, but it's always a treat to see Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima duking it out and blowing stuff up. Spitfire cop Moon Lee and her air-headed partner are assigned to capture a dangerous sex offender, and take jobs as hostesses in order to catch him. Yukari Oshima shows up as a free-lance hitwoman for the bad guys, but she's got a hidden agenda. Ms. Lee is, of course, very cute and engaging and Ms. Oshima is surprisingly cute and lively as well. More and more she's making me a believer. Alas, poor Billy Chow is destined to play only bit parts as a bad guy, but he always does it with flair! British actress Sophia Crawford (stunt double for Amy Jo Johnson in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") shows up as a bad guy and proves that she can also put up a good fight. There are some laughable B-movie elements in this film including a silly rocket launching glove and some convention that requires all automobiles to blow up whenever they're hit.