City Cops (HK 1989)

Rating: *
Review Date: 7/24/99
Alternate Title: Beyond The Law
Director: Lau Ka-Wing
Cast: Shing Fui On, Cynthia Rothrock, Mark Houghton, cameo by Michiko Nishiwaki

Painfully stupid. People should not be allowed to make movies like this - ever. I actually found myself yelling at the screen and covering my ears on several occasions while watching this atrocity. Some guy has some microfilm to incriminate a powerful triad leader. FBI agent Cynthia Rothrock wants to get to him before the bad guys do, and she follows him to Hong Kong where she is forced to work with a couple of idiot CID inspectors on the case. Then there's about an hour of pointless comedy crap as the cops play practical jokes on Cindy and try to seduce the suspect's sister. God, it's dreadful, and it just keeps getting worse. Thankfully, there's a minimally rewarding kung fu climax at the end when Japanese yakuza boss Michiko Nishiwaki shows up to get the microfilm. She's ultra cool as a Japanese baddie, and strangely enough all of her henchmen are familiar Hong Kong gweilos, including blondie Mark Houghton. Cynthia looks good and the three or four fights she gets into are pretty decent, but unless you're a die-hard Cynthia Rothrock fan, leave this one on the shelf.