Angel Cop: Final Crisis
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Tam Wai-Shing .

If you asked who you had to sleep with to get a decent part in a Hong Kong film, the answer is most decidedly not Jackie Chan, since Elaine Ng, recent mother of his illegitimate child, ended up in this dross. She's a killer, and the cop she beats on throughout the film does a lot of decidedly Jackie-ish mannerisms. Coincidence? Probably not, though the plot of this wreck of a film is full of them. Early on, our hero, a pathetic cop, loses his job and tries to kill himself but regrettably does not succeed. So the police give him his job back. Gee, I didn't know that was such a good way to solve all my problems, thanks for the tip. He travels to the Philippines, a sort of Mecca for all low budget films, and there meets his ICQ buddy "Grasshopper," who he thought was a man but turns out to be a beautiful, kung-fu lesbian (Almen Wong). When two of the good guys are killed at the same time, two of the other good guys cradle them and take turns performing laughably bad dying monologues. Poor Almen. Love her to death, but her career is following a familiar trajectory: burst onto the scene with a splashy action picture or two, then supporting roles in a few, then made-in-the-Philippines crap, and out.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 29, 2004.

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