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Above the Law (1986)

Yuen Biao , Roy Chiao Hung , Corey Yuen  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yuen Biao, Roy Chiao Hung, Cynthia Rothrock, Wu Ma, Melvin Wong
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000NVT0RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(Martial Arts/Action) A tough-as-nails police inspector (Rothrock) tracks a vigilante killer and discovers a massive, deadly conspiracy.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I absolutely love Yuen Biao, in fact; I think he may be the most underappreciated GREAT martial artist ever. So it pains me to say that this movie is altogether mediocre at the very best. None of the acting is good enough to make any of the characters compelling and the dialogue is jilted and forced(even for this type of film) when not busy being downright painful. As another reviewer mentioned, the stunt work and fight scenes seem overly edited and even sloppy at times. The music... oh boy, this may be as bad as I've ever heard(stock tunes or even nails on a chockboard would've been preferred) and is literally bad enough to dock the movie a star all on its own. All that being said, you do get some good and even great action. The first fight between Yuen and Cynthia Rothrock is fast and tight and they compliment each others styles well. The next solo fight Yuen takes on former kickboxing champ Peter Cunningham in a brutal give-and-take fight with plenty of big shots and broken glass. My favorite Yuen part was the entire parking garage scene that begins with him being ran down by cars before breaking into a brawl against a bunch of goons. Shocking to me though, was that arguably the best fight of the movie is a ladies only scrum between Rothrock and Sheperd! I would agree with fellow reviewer Morgoth when he states that it's "one of the better woman on woman fights of all time." If you are a fan of Yuen or just martial arts action movies in general you could certainly do worse, but this is far from the best the genre has to offer. For all those looking for a review for the Steven Seagel film of the same name... sorry to waste your time (and sorry you're looking for that!).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great special features June 5, 2007
By morgoth
Yuen Biao stars as a vigilante defense attorney. When all of his witnesses are killed, he looks to take matters into his own hands. Cynthia Rothrock stars a mahjong playing, kung fu fighting policewoman, and Melvin Wong stars as the dirty police chief. The story has many illogical things happening, but if you have seen a lot of Hong Kong films, you know they do whatever they have to do to move onto the next fight scene. Fan Siu Wong has a great role as a young punk. He doesn't get to do any action, but it is pretty hard to believe that this is the same kid who only 5 years later would attain a physique that even Bruce Lee would have marveled at. So to sum the movie up briefly, Biao and Rothrock finally figure out Melvin Wong is the bad guy, and it all leads to a spectacular finish.

The story is not bad, but the action is definitely the best thing about this movie. Yuen Biao gives one of his very best physical performances, and Rothrock has a few nice fights including one of the better woman on woman fights of all time against Karen Sheperd. I always love to see the chain rope in action, and Karen Sheperd seems to be very skilled using it. Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham plays an assassin and has my favorite fight of the movie against Biao. They don't pull any punches and it is very intense. The final fight is good, but then there is a thrilling chase sequence that I was not expecting at all. Don't give up on this movie half way through if you don't like it, the last 30 minutes are worth a watch for any fan of action cinema.


Picture and sound quality are VERY good, and big thanks to Dragon Dynasty for including the original Cantonese mono track.

Special features are as good as it gets.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By K.H.
This movie, directed by Corey Yuen, the master of developing "fun" fight scenes. The movie stars a younger Yuen Biao, Cynthia Rothrock, Karen Sheppard, Pete Cunningham just to name a few. The plot, predictable, the dialogue whether in English or Cantonese, is often obvious and not very clever; but, this movie, judged on its own terms excel where many of this genre fails. There is a plot and the fighting is always in relation to it.

And, it is here, in the fight scenes that one can indulge in martial mayhem! This is a young Rothrock and she is at some of her best (actually, her Hong Kong films far surpass any of her American work). The fight scene with Karen Sheppard is just fantastic! There is so litle work of Sheppard on film, that this makes the movie even more of a treat. Of course, Biao is great and one will enjoy his fight scene against Pete Cunningham.

These fights are great and fun and Rothrock and Biao fans will you it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is classic 80's Hong Kong action cinema: take a paper thin premise, barely sketch out a coherent plot, recruit some incredible fighters, then get your friends, the stunt guys, and members of the crew to play any other needed roles, scrape up a bare minimum of cash, and start shooting! This film practically redefines low budget-- The costuming is so minimal, it looks like most of the actors were just shot in the clothes they came to work in. Cynthia Rothrock, the lead female, appears in a ludicrous procession of color-coordinated, shoulder-padded outfits that look like she discovered the softer side of Sears. The makeup and grooming of the actors is horrible- in some close-ups you can see a couple big zits on Yuen Biao's face, just begging to be popped!

The premise is a throw away: a disillusioned lawyer takes the law into his own hands, coming up against gangsters and a crooked cop. The characters lack any and all coherent motivation or consistent behavior. The narrative is so sloppy and disjointed, in many places, you'll be scratching your head wondering how one event even connects to another. For example, by the end of the movie, our heroes, Cynthia Rothrock and Yuen Biao, are pursuing a crooked police captain. How and why they find this police captain suddenly moonlighting as an airplane mechanic, in a hanger where his coworkers are apparently also his paid henchmen, is never explained in any way. Clearly there was no thought whatsoever behind it, except it sets up the showpiece stunt in which the guy takes off in a plane as Biao is dragged down the runway and 4,000 feet into the air on the end of a rope!

But that stunt, among the zillions of others, is truly amazing. And so are the fights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Very clear pictures even if this film has been around for sometime.Quick action film and worth the penny. Plays on almost any DVD player !
Published 2 months ago by Milton Anguyo
4.0 out of 5 stars Above the law
This movie is pretty good it does have some good fight scenes thou it far better then some other b movies as far as the fight scenes and for the price its worth it just remember... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Dragon/Wind Ninja
4.0 out of 5 stars Above the Law
I was not sure after watching this movie if it was suppose to be a comedy or an action movie so I am calling it just that -- a comedy action movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, good, good
Although Yuen may not have the charisma of a Jackie Chan, he is an equal when it comes to fighting. This is a good action movie and I think any action fan will enjoy it.
Published 22 months ago by Gerald Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing aspiring!
Grab this adventure and you won't be disappointed because Rothrock and Biao are non-stop action moguls of our time and they have a unique skill to fight and act.
Published 23 months ago by Jerry Stokes Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars a boring movie
i found this movie to be boring and no meaning to it.the actors were terrible and the fight scenes were so corny.
Published on August 10, 2009 by L. hassell
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Biao, Rothrock, and Yuen
"Above the Law" is one of the best films Cynthia Rothrock ever appeared in, period. I cannot speak so certainly for Yuen Biao, but seeing as this movie earned him his most recent... Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Mike Sehorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Do they sell those bulletproof books at Walden's?
I put off buying this movie for quite awhile after reading some harsh reviews of it. Had I known it was this enjoyable I would've snagged it a long time ago. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by Mantis
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont get me wrong
Prime fighting action. Great stunt work,but the voice overs are not bad but could have been better. Only for the hardcore fan.
Published on January 9, 2009 by Eric N. Lester
4.0 out of 5 stars Definietly better than Seagal
GREAT fights, didn't like how it ended to much but that didn't really affect what I thought of the movie. Yuen Biao is a machine dude is nuts!
Published on September 22, 2008 by Moe Mentum
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