Tian shi xing dong
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 5.5 Beans
ames Bond meets Charlie's Angels in this 80's martial arts flick from Taiwan. Known as "Midnight Angels" or "Iron Angels" in the English version, "Tian shi xing dong" is a delightfuly-entertaining bad film.
After an energizing fight scene as the opening sequence, the movie stumbles for a few minutes during an opium bust scene where it becomes unclear who the bad guys really are. (Yes, it turns out that the police officers slaughtering peasants and babies are the GOOD guys.) But then, those responsible for the drug bust begin to be murdered one by one. Secretaries by day, secret agents by night (or any other time they are needed), the Angels are assigned to investigate the murders.
The Angels are two beautiful women who are extremely well-trained in martial arts and secret agent gadgets. One of the girls has mall hair, is clumsy, and provides the comic relief. Aided by an American drug agent, they must infiltrate the opium ring powerhouse by a sinister woman, also beautiful and skilled in martial arts, who really gets off on torture and pain.
"Tian shi xing dong" is a little short on fight scenes but when they happen they are well worth it. The gaps are filled here and there with good dashes of humor, and a surprise ending straight from the Silent Film era.
Our copy of the movie was rated NC-17, but we really have no idea why. It's about an R, maybe a PG-13 (but that might be pushing it). It's one of those bad movies that you will enjoy watching.
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