Women on the Run (1993)

Here is a nice film that you could put under the heading of "They don't make them like this anymore" or "One, for the money; Two, for the money". Corey Yuen Kwai and David Lai Dai-Wai first worked together as producers on Wu Ma's Picture of a Nymph (1988). Their collaborations garnered huge box office success with hit films like Saviour of the Soul (1991) and Lee Rock (1991).

Looking for a bigger piece of the action with Women on the Run, they co-produce, co-direct, and also cast themselves in major speaking roles, all for the money if you know what I mean. They get their pal from several projects including the Saviour films and Operation Scorpio, Yuen Tak, to handle the action direction.

The screenplay by Poon Yuen-Leung relates the sad story of martial arts champion Li Siu-Yin and her misadventures after she lives her country village for life in the big city. It is not pretty. She develops a relationship with Inspector Hung who comes from the Yes, Madam school of tough lady police officers. Hung has her own set of troubling personal character issues. Like I said, they don't make them like this anymore. Farini Cheung Yui-Ling plays Hung and Tamara Guo plays Siu-Lin. Both are appearing in starring roles in a film for the first time and both give "no holds barred" performances.

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