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霹靂先鋒 (1988)
Final Justice

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 07/21/2009
Summary: thunderbolt vanguard...

cheung (danny lee) is a maverick cop, who doesn't play by the rules and gets right up the noses of his superiors. boy (stephen chow) is a car thief and occasional driver for triad types; in particular judge (shing fui-on). after being arrested by cheung, a car that boy had been driving ends up being involved in a mass shootout at an illegal casino. now boy has to trust cheung to crack the case, or he'll find it pinned on him...

a reasonable, by the numbers affair, with danny lee playing the role which he always plays in his police procedurals, set against a dramatic performance from chow, who does a good job. there's plenty of cliched scenes of the hard boiled cop fighting his ignorant boss, and some more interesting scenes of the criminal whose trust he has to gain. there's a couple of action sequences, all of a decent standard, but nothing really great.

an average film, made better by lee and chow.

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 09/18/2004
Summary: Average

Nothing new here, a run of the mill cops and robbers movie. The actors did nothing to improve the movie and Danny Lee playing a tough cop is what we expect. Stephen Chow, my favourite actor shows he can do serious work but you also see glimpses of this comedic genius.

Average at best


Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 07/04/2002
Summary: Decent cop movie

Before Stephen Chow set the Asian cinematic world on fire with his "moy len tau" comedies, he appeared in a series of dramas such as this. While Final Justice is an okay movie, there's just not much to set it apart from similar films, except for seeing Chow in a (mostly) non-comedic role. Like most Danny Lee cop movies, it's pretty much by-the-numbers stuff all the way, but still provides a decent ninety minutes' worth of entertainment.

The story has Lee as his usual hard-assed cop who catches car thief Stephen in the act; the car Stephen steals is later used in a robbery led by Shing Fui-On, and Danny tries to make Stephen co-operate so he can crack the case. As per usual, Danny's supervisor doesn't like him much and tries to stop the investigation, while Shing's gang continues to wreak havoc. Eventually Danny and Stephen team up to try and stop the gang, but it may be too late.

I'm finding it a bit hard to write a decent review for this film, because like I said before, Final Justice doesn't really have much to distinguish it from the myriad of other Danny Lee flicks. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because Lee's films are usually solid -- it's just that seeing the same thing over and over again gets a bit tiring after a while, and I might have reached my "burnout point" with Final Justice. It held my interest, but didn't exactly set my world on fire.

If it wasn't for the fine performances of Danny Lee and Stephen Chow (who won the Taiwanese Golden Horse for the movie, and proves that he can do good dramatic work when the role calls for it) and a couple of incidenary firefights, Final Justice would be truly just another run of the mill cop movie. However, Chow's charm and Lee's stoic facade help give the film a bit of style that carries it above similar fare. Even if you have seen this kind of movie many times before, you might want to give Final Justice a try, especially if you are interested in seeing some of Stephen Chow's dramatic work.

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Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 02/03/2002
Summary: Good solid movie

Fairly standard Eighties cops & robbers movie, brightened up by the presence of Stephen Chiau. Shing Fui On plays a nasty bad guy whose gang are involved in assorted armed robberies. Chiau plays the car thief & driver they always get to provide their rides. Danny Lee is the hard-assed cop who doesn't play by the rules, and whose new superior is an asshole. By and by, Chiau gets involved over his head and has to choose whether or not to co-operate with Danny Lee or not. It's one of those rock/hard place situations as whether he sides with the cops or the robbers it seems that he's more likely to end up dead than not.

Nothing mould-breaking or earth-shattering here, but a good solid movie that is held together mainly by Chiau and Danny Lee's excellent performances.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Stephen won the best supporting actor award in HK for it the year it came out. HE is remarkable as a young punk who finds his life in the hands of a cop he doesn't trust--but must.

[Reviewed by Tsuzi]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Blew me away. Most people don't even realize what an incredibleserious actor Stephen is, and that just kills me. He is very, very good as the car-stealing punk lacky of Sheng Fu On who eventually must trust Danny Lee's cop to get him out a pretty big fix. Good action and believable frustration from Chow in his predicament.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]