1990, 91 minutes, 35mm
Directed by: Wai Lit
Starring: Sharon Yeung Pan-pan, Kara Hui, Mark Houghton, Michiko Nishiwaki, Dick Wei, Kenneth Tsang
Saturday, April 20th at 6pm
Sunday, April 21st at 5:15pm
B-movies always have to try harder, and this girls with guns flick gets an A+ for (intense) effort. Shot in 1990 and not released until two years later, it’s an undiscovered grindhouse joyride full of bareknuckled brawls, bloody bullet orgies, snarling villains, and a tanker truck full of bizarre plot twists. Two lady cops and one gangster’s ex-girlfriend endure drug addiction, theme park shootouts, having their heads shoved in toilets, major kicks to the face, terrifying high impact falls, and savage concussions to prove that women are 10 times better than men.
Hong Kong’s girls with guns genre erupted like hot lava with 1985’s Yes, Madam! pairing Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock as two female cops who didn’t go by the book. Jam-packed with horrible 80’s fashion disasters, hard-pounding synthesizer scores, stunt work galore, and an onscreen decorating scheme featuring wall-to-wall dead bodies, these flicks multiplied like horny rabbits and for three years they ruled the box office. But when ticket sales cooled, the bunnies kept on humping, resulting in a late stage girls with guns problem: fantastic movies were still being churned out, but no one was going to see them. With only empty cinemas to record their names, many of these films fell into obscurity, and ANGEL TERMINATORS is one of the best.
Shot on nights and weekends during shooting breaks from other movies, it’s packed with talent. The cop duo at its core is one part Kara Hui, the protege of Shaw Brothers legend, Lau Kar-leung (36th Chamber of Shaolin, Drunken Master II), and the other part Sharon Yeung Pan-pan, known as “the female Jackie Chan” for her enthusiastic daredevil stuntwork, even though her career never caught fire. The sultry Carrie Ng is on hand as the gangster’s girlfriend trying to turn over a new leaf, and the bad guys are legendary. Girls with guns flicks were Pez dispensers of foreign talent and this flick features the world’s angriest white boy, Mark Houghton, the seedy-looking Bruce Fontaine (who took on Jackie Chan in Armour of God II: Operation Condor), Steve Tartalia (who took on Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China), and the back-breaking Japanese femme fatale from Hell, Michiko Nishiwaki. The cherry on this kung fu cake is a final boss fight with Dick Wei, longtime opponent of Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, and Sammo Hung.
No subtitled prints of ANGEL TERMINATORS exist, so we’re subtitling it live at both screenings to give you a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of high caliber girl power in this mile-a-minute rampage through exploitation heaven.
Print provided courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive