Midnight Angel (HK 1990)

Rating: **
Review Date: 1/27/13
Alternate Title: The Justice Women
Cast: Yukari Oshima, Mark Cheng, May Lo, Anglie Leung, Shih Kien, Melvin Wong, Ng Man Tat, cameos by Lily Chung, Kim Maree Penn

All the charm of a low budget Godfrey Ho action film, and it even uses the same music. Ying (Yukari Oshima), Cherry (Anglie Leung), and Rabbit (May Lo) are three sisters who all happen to be police officers. A dangerous criminal named Bull (Melvin Wong) is on the loose and starting to deal in drugs, but the cops aren't allowed to investigate him for some reason. Out of frustration, Rabbit becomes a masked vigilante known as "Cotton Flower" and starts investigating on her own. Things quickly get out of hand when Bull increases the stakes, forcing all three sisters to become masked crime fighters.

Unfortunately, the film is a bit of a mess, but the girls are cute and the fight scenes are entertaining. Seeing Yukari Oshima in action is always a treat, and Anglie Leung and May Lo do a good job of holding their own. Kim Maree Penn also gets a brief, but spirited, cameo as a bad girl. Typical of the genre, the film is weighed down with lame attempts at humor, which deflates the drama and undermines the characters. Pretty Anglie Leung suffers the most, as she comes across as a love-sick dingbat with a crush on one of her coworkers. The action is definitely low budget, but the players are all very talented and at the top of their game. Sadly, the big climax is spoiled by the fact that it was shot at night with everyone dressed in black, making it hard to follow.