Above the Law

Righting Wrongs

AKA: Above the Law


Director: Corey Yuen

Stars: Yuen Biao, Cynthia Rothrock, Corey Yuen, Wu Ma, Melvin Wong, Fan Siu-Wong, Karen Shepard

Righting Wrongs

Yuen Biao stars as a lawyer who takes the law into his own hands after a key witness in his first big case is killed. Cynthia Rothrock plays her typical "dragon lady" hot-headed cop on Yuen's trail.

While the plot isn't anything special, the action comes fast and furious in Righting Wrongs. It's definitely some of Rothrock's best work, worlds above most of her crappy US B-movies. She is, bar none, the best non-Asian fighter I've seen in a martial arts movie. Her fights in Righting Wrongs are fantastic, especially one where she fights fellow gweilo Karen Shepard, which ends with her making a 20-foot high flying tackle.

Yuen Biao is also great in the movie, doing a tremendous job with both stunts and fighting. The scene where he literally dives over several cars trying to run him over has to be seen to be believed, and the fights between him and Rothrock are outstanding. He also does a fine job in the acting department, but it's the action that really makes Righting Wrongs shine and shows why people still have such love for the "golden age" of Hong Kong action movies.


DVD Information (US version)

Manufacturer: Dragon Dynasty

Picture format: anamorphic widescreen

Sound format: Dolby 5.1, Dolby mono

Languages: Cantonese, English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Extras: trailers, alternate ending, interviews, commentary by Bey Logan

Notes: For US fans of the movie having to put up with bare-bones DVDs of the movie for years, this release is a treat. The Weinsteins, through their new Dragon Dynasty label, have done a total 180 from their previous releases, giving viewers not only the complete Chinese version of the movie, but the footage from the US version as well. Combined with some very solid extras, this is a very worthy DVD purchase.

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