Outlaw Brothers


Dir: Frankie Chan
Star: Frankie Chan, Mok Siu Cheung, Yukari Oshima, Michiko Nishiwaki

[11] Car parks rival restaurants as favourite settings for mayhem in Oriental films, since they provide much glass to smash and things to leap off, plus you have the chance to drive round at high speed, something not permitted in most takeaways. There's ample opportunity for such scenes here, as the title characters are two car thieves, specialising in Porsches & Ferraris. They get into, and out of, trouble with girls, the cops (Oshima is on their tail) and local mobsters, but the fan is really hit when they steal a car packed with drugs belonging to Nishiwaki. Needless to say, she's not a happy budgie when she finds out. Our heroes strike a deal with Oshima, whose character hates Nishiwaki (the rumour is that art mirrors real life - Oshima's "close personal relationship" [Ahem!] with the director supposedly allowed her to boost her role and shrink Nishiwaki's. The pair have been playing Bitch Wars ever since) and we're ready for a megafight with chicken-, broom, fan- and scarf-fu. It's slick, it's fast and it doesn't tax the brain in the slightest.

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Brothers and sisters
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