Sometimes you just need to skip the original and jump straight to the sequel. I read about this little Hong Kong gem in Cinema Sewer vol 4, where Robin Bougie sang its praises. Seeing as I have next to no experience of Hong Kong action films, it was as good a place to start as any.
Alex Fong, Moon Lee and Elaine Lui are our “Iron Angels”, two girls and a guy who make a living sorting shit out, mainly by blowing shit up and kicking the shit out of bad guys (or shitheads if we want to continue down that road). After a particularly explosive (but ultimately successful) mission they treat themselves to a holiday in Kuala Lumpor.
They stay with Peter King, a highly-respected philanthropist, who is also Alex’s old college friend. It soon becomes evident that Peter isn’t so innocent after all. He wants to free the country from capitalism and is using his gazillions to fund a revolution to overthrow the government. Alex gets a call from the CIA, asking the Angels to take care of Peter before things spiral out of control. Unfortunately, Elaine has already managed to fall in love with Peter by then and is going to need some convincing. Will Alex be able to take on his best friend? Can Elaine overcome her feelings and see Peter for the shit he really is? And Moon? Well, Moon doesn’t really have a problem…she just kicks ass.
What can I say? Iron Angels 2 is just so much fun. Clocking in at 80 minutes or so, it’s just filled to the brim with action and general awesomeness. There’s just no time to get bored or start digging holes in whatever minimal plot there is. The fight scenes are amazing and the girls completely steal the show. Moon’s final fight is just outstanding.
Starting off as a light-hearted martial arts comedy (hand grenades in mouths, transvestite bar brawls, goofy taxi drivers, that kind of thing) it gets progressive more violent until the final act, when all shit breaks loose. Even if our gang gets a bit of assistance from a couple of local experts, Peter has an army of at least a hundred men behind him. But, but…I’ll leave you to find out who’s left standing.
You expect certain things from a late 80s action film. And while there is no nudity here at all, we do get our fair share of old school computers…
…bad haircuts, awful denim outfits, torture by nipple electrocution…