Khan kicks some male ass in Super Lady Cop,
an early-nineties relic that partially entertains
thanks to high-speed, nineties-era Hong Kong action.
However, as was also typical for many early-nineties
HK Cinema relics, everything else but the action is
substandard and sometimes damn near interminable.
Ah, good times. Khan is Ling, a Mainland super
cop who gained her amazing abilities from state-funded
experiments. She's dispatched to HK to chase a trio
of rogue comrades who also underwent similar experiments,
except they turned out defective. What that means
is they're given to rape, murder, and crossdressing - a tasteless bunch of details that play exceptionally
poorly some fourteen years later. Khan is after her
former comrades, and brings along her handy "memory
loss gun". Sadly, she gets zapped by her own
weapon and soon forgets that she's a Mainland super
Ling gets taken in by
wacky cop Chui Shui, played by Alex Man in a performance
so annoying that it could be viewed as some sort of
psychological torture. Chiu Shui and teenybopper Yoki
(Athena Chu) witness Ling's action chops first hand,
so they name her "Chun Li", after the Street
Fighter II heroine. Predictably, this moniker
leads to the sight of Cynthia Khan performing a ridiculous
version of the "spinning bird kick", but
not before tons of interminable comedy and hijinks
involving Chui Shui and his womanizing ways. Chui
Shui is supposedly quite attractive in this film,
to the point that jailbait supreme Yoki lusts after
him in a grossly unbelievable manner. Less tolerant
audience members may retch and/or destroy their television.
Fast forward was designed for films like these.
Completists who must
watch every Cynthia Khan or Athena Chu movie should
be happy with Super Lady Cop. Khan gets to
strut her stuff in a few sequences, and Chu is more
adorable than is humanly possible. Completists seeking
to watch every Alex Man film should also check out
the film, after which they should seek psychiatric
help for their obvious mental and/or emotional problems.
Man's smarmy antics are so distasteful here that it
might make a person swear off his actual good performances
in films like Hong Kong 1941 or Rouge.
At the very least, Super Lady Cop provides
the occasional stunt, and the action can sometimes
amuse - when it isn't overcranked to ridiculous speeds.
Director Wellson Chin was also responsible for the
Inspectors Wear Skirts films, so we know he
can do better than this. As nostalgia, Super Lady
Cop has some minor merit, but that's all it is:
minor. (Kozo 2006)