Reviewed by: mrblue
Despite an obvious ultra-low budget, a title that sounds like something more appropriate to a softcore "adult" film, and one of the worst taglines ever in the history of straight to video releases with "Super cops. Super bad.", China Heat actually manages to be a fairly entertaining girls-with-guns romp that fans of the genre will probably dig -- though it would probably help to ingest at least a couple of cold malted beverages beforehand.
Reviewer Score: 6
Reviewed by: ewaffle
Summary: Sibelle Hu's all girl army
China Heat is by no means the worst of the girls with guns movies that hit the jade screen about 15 years ago. There isnt much of a plot and what there is doesnt make sense, none of the characters, including the main ones (or at least those with most screen time) are developed in the least and the reason everyone is killing everyone elsepossession of ring with a secret compartmentis so lame that it almost derails the entire undertaking.
Reviewer Score: 4
Almost but not quite since China Heat has enough action for two movies. The weapons of choice on both sides are very compact machine guns, light enough to be fired with one hand leaving the other hand free for a pistol or, in a few cases, another machine gun. Some of the gunplay is dullan ambush on the beach of some drug runners by Sibelle Hus all girl SWAT team is cumbersome enough to be maneuvers by the Eighth Route Armybut other fights are fast, exciting and very violent. With five action directors and three cinematographers it makes sense that some of the action scenes will be very different lookingand more impressive--than others. The last set of sequences, which take place in a deserted container port, is terrific. After shooting thousands of bullets just about everyone runs out of ammunition so they fight each other with their feet and fists. Some of the individual battles are made to look very brutal. One of Sibelles comrades, Yolanda in the subtitles, is an acknowledged martial arts master who beats her very fit and dangerous foe to death. At the same time Mandy, another sidekick but one who is not as skilled, looks to be facing the same fate at the hands of her antagonist.
Allen Lan is the bad guy from hell, the indestructible villain, the evil doer who simply cant be killed. There is a longa bit too long but only a bitbattle between Lan and Michael Depasquale that ranges over a container ship, a crane and some very slippery metal steps. We are surprised that Lans character escapes from this exhausting fight but not that he runs into Ms. Hu who finally disables him. Both Sophia Crawford and Mark Houghton make brief but memorable appearances as very tough villainsthey add even more to the carnage.
One of the main differences between Hong Kong police action pictures of the era and those done in Hollywood is that in the USA the cops almost never shoot first and not even the toughest officer will shoot a bad guy in the back. In China Heat as the pace of the action quickens in the container port battles and the bad guys are being routed our heroines dont stop shooting the fleeing criminals until they run out of ammunition which is much more laudable behavior given the dastardly crimes they have committed.
One issue--we have this movie as a Hong Kong production but all the uniforms, badges, and other official looking paraphenalia have PRC insignia and devices.
Recommended but not too highly for fans of the girls with guns subgenre