Leopard Hunting (HK 1998)

Rating: **
Review Date: 7/28/18
Cast: Jade Leung, Yukari Oshima, Roy Cheung, Yu Rong Guang, Yuen Wah, Lung Fong, cameo by Mark Houghton

A group of female Interpol agents from Hong Kong, China, Japan, and the Philippines join forces to bust Yuen Wah's gang which is doing some shady business with a Colombian crime lord. Yukari Oshima shows up with a hidden agenda and eventually joins the fight as well. The girls are great and Jade Leung looks fantastic, but her action scenes are weak. She's not a good fighter, which becomes painfully obvious when she and Yuen Wah exchange blows. Yukari Oshima fares much better in the action department and has several nicely staged fights with Roy Cheung towards the end. Yuen Wah spends nearly the entire the film just sitting around and talking, but he finally erupts into a cigar-chomping kung fu fighting machine right at the end, which is pretty satisfying. Unfortunately, the majority of the film is tedious and stupid, and falls victim to low budget constraints and B-movie sensibilities. It makes a valiant attempt to recapture the thrill, attitude, and energy of female action cinema from the 1980's, but ultimately falls short. It's sad to see such great talent slumming around in productions of this caliber, but that was the state of Hong Kong cinema in the late 90's after the Chinese takeover.