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Yes, Madam (1985) Yes Madam

Yes, Madam Directed by: Corey Yuen
Starring: Hoi Mang, Cynthia Rothrock, John Sham, Hark Tsui, Michelle Yeoh

Tagline: "Polyester jumpsuit Kung Fu!"

We meet Senior Inspector Ng (Michelle Yeoh) while she is taking part in a sting on a suspected flasher. She is just leaving the scene when she hears gunfire coming from an armoured car up the street, so she takes on the baddies and cleans them up.

A bit later we meet the silly trio of crooks: Aspirin (Hoi Mang), Strepsil (John Sham) and Panadol (Hark Tsui), who provide welcome comic relief to break up the fighting scenes. The bloke with the glasses and fuzzy hair (John Sham) has been in heaps of movies in the same sort of roles.

After Inspector Ng's friend is killed, she goes looking for Aspirin as she saw him leaving the room just before finding her friend dead, but what she doesn't know is that it is a professional hit and the killer is also after the thieves.

As a result of their haul, Aspirin and Strepsil give the dead man's passport to Panadol to sell to a crook. This leads to the crook trying to run away at the airport when he is dobbed in and stupidly taking a foreign police officer (Cynthia Rothrock) hostage, so he gets his arse kicked a bit.

The rest of the film follows the robbers, the killers and the two police officers as they take a beating or give one. My favourite scene would have to be Aspirin and Strepsil trying to get put into prison by various means.

It would be easy to compare this movie to Police Story as they both came out in the same year. I think this movie is very different due to the performances of Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock. This movie is much more fighting-oriented to show off the abilities of the two stars.

Another thing that is different about this movie is that it gives up screen time for three supposedly minor characters - Aspirin, Strepsil and Panadol. I believe the movie is better because of it as their scenes provide welcome comic relief.

As you would expect, the fights in this movie are first class and very exciting to watch. I have heard Cynthia Rothrock was injured during the filming of the fight in the bad guy's mansion, so it makes it even more impressive that she actually came back and finished working on the scene.

Rating: 8/10

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