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Review Iron Angels a.k.a. Angel a.k.a. Midnight Angels a.k.a. Tian shi xing dong (1987): A girls with guns classic

genre: action, martial arts, girls with guns

This was one of the first movies I ever saw women playing a major role in a modern day action movie. At the time not realizing that this genre was called Girls with guns or femme fatale. Since then I have seen many and just have to say that I love this genre! 

The women in Iron Angels are beautiful and sexy but very dangerous. The plot is simple but effective.  In short it's about a special unit (Angels) hired to stop a drug syndicate from killing agents who are responsible for destroying opium fields 30 million dollars worth. Basically we get to see the team members doing whatever it takes to get the job done. For people getting traumatic flashbacks of Charlie's Angels. It is nothing like that. For once these agents are very clever and capable. Most of them are convincing as martial artists and in a time where CGI was rare that is saying something. Hong Kong in that respect really took a lot of time to make these actors and actresses look skilled.  Moon Lee who is not a martial artist shows some moves that let you believe that she is trained. Apart from the way they handle themselves in the film it also is a nice bonus that despite the hard hitting action  that the main cast aren't afraid to do comic bits. Which makes them very likable. The main baddie is none other than Yukari Oshima. Very attractive, very dangerous and a real martial artist. Almost a no brainer if you never seen her in action before. Her kicks are easily the most lethal ever displayed on the screen. The finale is mostly heroic bloodshed a la John Woo. Probably one of the main reason why this film caught my eye when it did without having any knowledge (back then) of who he was.

As with a lot of movies from this genre it is very difficult to get a decent (affordable) copy of Iron Angels. This movie deserves to be seen because it is one of the best in this genre. An overlooked gem!

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