Issue #284         HOME          E-mail:        BACK ISSUES          October 10th, 2005

In the Line of Duty V: Middle Man
(1990; D & B Films Co.)

Cantonese: Wong ga si je ji jung gaan yan
Mandarin: Huang jia shi jie zhi zhong jian ren
English: Royal Hong Kong Policewoman: Middle Man
Alternate English Title: In the Line of Duty 2, Middle Man

  RATING: 6/10


Cha Chuen-yee (LEGAL INNOCENCE) helmed this routinely plotted, but moderately enjoyable entry in the series. A criminal organization, operating out of South Korea, is selling stolen American military secrets to the Russians. Innocent Marine David Ng (David Wu Tai-wai) is framed for the actions of his (now) dead buddy (Vincent Lyn), who was a member of the gang and under investigation by the C.I.A. David manages to escape from his captors and, after initially refusing it, enlists the aid of Madam Yang (Cynthia Yang Li-ching) to prove his innocence. The key to his case is teenager May (Alvina Kong Yan-yin), the only witness who can speak on David's behalf. The climax takes place in Korea, as our heroes confront the villains on their home turf.

Cynthia Yang Li-ching Cynthia Yang Li-ching, David Wu Tai-wai

There is as much action as one would expect but it is not always as well choreographed as in previous entries (though Yang and Australian martial artist Kim Maree Penn have a terrific fight during the climax and Yang hangs from the side of a very tall building in a stunt that appears to have been staged with no safety rigging). Taiwanese actor David Wu is a lacklustre leading man and comedienne Alvina Kong is wasted as the secondary female lead, a part that gives her little of interest to do and no real opportunities for humor. The supporting players include Chris Lee Kin-sang, Billy Chow Bei-lee, Lo Lieh, Lau Kong, John Ladalski, Mark King, Steve Tartaglia, and Bruce Fontaine (who would later choreograph stunts on a number of major Hollywood productions).

Cynthia Yang Li-ching Lau Kong, Alvina Kong Yan-yin


The transfer is reasonably good, but smearing is common, the hollowed out 5.1 re-mix is more distracting than useful, and the English subtitles are godawful. Extras here consist of a Star’s File for Cynthia Yang/Khan, the theatrical trailer, and the trailer for IN THE LINE OF DUTY III. The disc is apparently now out-of-print, but still easy to find as of this writing.

Kim Maree Penn Billy Chow Bei-lee

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- Hong Kong Release

NTSC – Region 0

Universe Laser & Video Co. Ltd #ULV 5187

Dolby Digital 5.1

Post-synced Cantonese and Dubbed Mandarin Language

Subtitles (Optional): English, Traditional & Simplified Chinese

8 Chapters

4:3 Letterbox (1.85:1)

90 Minutes


- Australia: M 15+

- Germany: 18

Hong Kong: II

Ontario: R

Quebec: 13+

Singapore: NC16

Contains brutal violence and coarse language

10 A Masterpiece
9 Excellent
8 Highly Recommended
7 Very Good
6 Recommended
5 Marginal Recommendation
4 Not Recommended
3 Poor
2 Definitely Not Recommended
1 Dreadful