Queen's High (1991) Cynthia Khan

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Queen's High (1991) Cynthia Khan

Postby pollypolly » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:32 pm

Sort of a girls with guns/bullet ballet take on the classic "Godfather" storyline - siblings Kwanny & Chung (Cynthia Khan & Simon Yam) are left in charge of their father's empire after he is assassinated by rival Chau Yung (played by the ever sleazy Shum Wai). After a series of tit-for-tat killings and a bloody massacre at Kwanny's wedding, she is left as the sole heiress to her late father's business. However, this means that she must now deal with an ambitious and ruthless family member who orchestrated the massacre and is planning to take over the business for himself.

The story in Queen's High really is wafer thin, providing just enough of a plot in order to string together a series of slow-mo bloody shoot outs and warehouse brawls. The good news is that the two main set-pieces of the film - the wedding massacre and final showdown at the pier - are actually well filmed and quite exciting. Even though characterisation is minimal and fairly one-dimensional (everyone is either an irrational hothead or a double crosser) - the action moves along at a fairly brisk pace and there are also a few unexpected deaths and plot twists throughout the lean 82 minute running time.

The action is fairly standard, mainly consisting of gunplay with a healthy amount of blood squibs. There's also a welcome bit of hand-to-hand combat in the climatic showdown courtesy of Cynthia Khan, Billy Chow and a Japanese businessman and his blonde henchwoman.
Cynthia does well but seems a little less energetic or committed than usual. Also, due to most of the bigger names in the cast being [Hide]killed off halfway through the film[/Hide], the picture occasionally lags when the less familiar actors are taking up the screen time. Still, if you're looking for a non demanding girls with guns film to pass 80 minutes you could do a lot worse than this.

Source for review is my Australian VHS which I've had gathering dust for about 5 years now. No DVD of this one to my knowledge.

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Postby SHAWMAN » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:45 pm


Hi Sef...

There is a Laser print & Vcd if i recall sure i have them somewere......maybe there's a mainland dvd.?

what language is your Aussie Vhs mate.?..thanks.:)

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Postby pollypolly » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:01 pm

Hi Neil,

You're right about the LD & VCD. The Aussie VHS is Cantonese with English subs.
I actually just binned it today after transferring it onto DVD-R. The VHS looked like a bootleg anyway but the print is pretty damn good!

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Postby rarebastard » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:10 pm

as far as the LD. it looks pretty nice, if you buy it make sure you get the mei ah version. the world video LD is cropped.
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Postby mikeleeder » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:17 am

always liked this movie, Cynthia Khan/Cynthia Yeung depending on the credits...could do some great stuff and love the idea and imagery of this moie...her in the wedding dress with the guns etc

Always suprised it never got a stronger release in the west after the success of the "In the line Of duty' movies..choreography etc by Chris Lee former Jackie Chan Stunt-teamer....

and while Cynthia has pretty much stepped back from film, she has aged so gracefully

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Postby rdenn » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:29 am

good end fight i this, who was the blonde in this movie i thought it was kim maree at first, and chris lee is a underated screenfighter

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Postby mikeleeder » Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:34 am

a few filmographies list it as Kim but its not, its a German martial arts girl, Christine something...

She was also in "Midnight Angel' and 'The Good, the Bad & the Bandit'.....

Chris lee was very under-rated


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Postby pollypolly » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:17 pm

Yep, you're right Mike. According to HKMDB her name is Christiane Duhler. She definitely had some skills albeit slightly under-used.

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Postby mikeleeder » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:30 pm

i think she came over for about 3-4 months in 1990 and got the 3 films back to back..if she'd stayed she could have got more to do

its often frustrating when people come over to Hk and think they're gonna get the big work immediately and dont stay long enough to build a rep etc

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Postby rarebastard » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:03 pm

Christiane Duhler was a dynamo! i assume she is german can anyone confirm? she went toe to toe with ray lui in the good the bad and the bandit and she was very impressive every time i saw her

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