Hard To Die (HK 1990)

Rating: **
Review Date: 2/26/11
Cast: Sibelle Hu, Alex Fong, Alex Man, Eddy Ko, Carrie Ng, Michiko Nishiwaki, Mark Houghton

A dreadful "make it up as you go" collection mix-and-match action scenes involving a powerful drug lord (Eddy Ko) and the spitfire police sergeant (Sibelle Hu) that is determined to bring him down. Alex Fong shows up as a hitman, while his incredibly annoying brother (Alex Man) plays the whole thing for laughs. Japanese femme fighter Michiko Nishiwaki shows up from time to time trying to carry out an unexplained vendetta and Carrie Ng has her own secret agenda. Somehow, all of the players manage to combine forces against their common foe, and Eddy's empire goes up in flames. The climax of the film has a car exploding for no reason, which then causes everything around it to inexplicably explode in laughable excess.

It's certainly not a good film by any means, but the action is fun and frantic, and the fight scenes are entertaining. Sibelle Hu is always fun to watch as a tough bitch police officer, and Michiko Nishiwaki's fight scenes are a blast to watch. Alex Man is utterly appalling and his character should have never been included in the script. Overall, the film made me nostalgic for the golden days of Hong Kong female action cinema, and even low grade stuff like this is more entertaining than what they're cranking out these days.