Cleopatra Wong (Philippines 1978)

Rating: **
Review Date: 9/18/05
Director: Bobby Suarez
Cast: Marrie Lee

Cleopatra Wong (Marrie Lee) is one of Interpol's best agents, and her latest mission is to track down the source of some counterfeit money. Her investigation eventually takes her to a Catholic monastery in Manila, which leads to an outrageous nuns-with-guns finale.

Cute and spunky Marrie Lee was only seventeen years old when she made this film, and she looks amazing. She's not a trained martial artist or stunt person, but her form is good and she's fearless and full of conviction. Her action scenes are fun to watch and only suffer from a lack of speed and power. The highlight of the film is when Cleo and her team of trained killers infiltrate the monastery disguised as nuns, and while it's entertaining, the sequence is overly long and padded. Ms. Lee is delightful throughout the picture, but it's disappointing that she takes a back seat to the action towards the end while the guys pick up the slack. The first of three Cleopatra Wong films from Bobby Suarez, it'll be interesting to see how the other two fare.