Righting Wrongs

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Righting Wrongs
RightingWrongs.jpg
Original film poster
Traditional 執法先鋒
Simplified 执法先锋
Mandarin Zhí Fǎ Xiān Fēng
Cantonese Zap1 Faat3 Sin1 Fung1
Directed by Corey Yuen
Produced by Yuen Biao
Corey Yuen
Written by Szeto Chuek-hon
Barry Wong
Starring Yuen Biao
Cynthia Rothrock
Melvin Wong
Wu Ma
Roy Chiao
Corey Yuen
Music by Romeo Diaz
Stephen Shing
Cinematography Tom Lau
Edited by Peter Cheung
Production
company
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 27 November 1986 (1986-11-27)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$10,751,259

Righting Wrongs, also known as Above the Law, is a 1986 Hong Kong action film produced and directed by Corey Yuen, and also produced by and starring Yuen Biao, both of whom also serve as the film's action directors. The film also co-stars Cynthia Rothrock, Melvin Wong, Wu Ma, Roy Chiao and director Yuen himself. Righting Wrongs is the one of Yuen Biao's better known films that he made without film industry compatriots Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan.

Title[edit]

The film's Hong Kong English language title is Righting Wrongs. The international version (dubbed in English) is titled Above the Law, which was also the title adopted for The Weinstein Company's 2007 US DVD release on their Dragon Dynasty label.

Plot[edit]

Jason Ha Ling-ching (Yuen Biao) is a dedicated, by the books prosecutor who has tried to maintain patience and tolerance under the somewhat flimsy laws of the court. However, when his mentor is publicly gunned down in New Zealand and when the key witness of Ha's latest case and his entire family are wiped out over night, Ha can no longer go by the book.

Ha initial plan is to take the law into his own hands and kill the two men he believes called for his witness' murder. He is successful in killing the first, which causes the Hong Kong police department to wake up and take action to regain order. Enter Senior Inspector Cindy Si (Cynthia Rothrock), who is put on the case to find the killer under her superior, Superintendent Wong Ching-wai (Melvin Wong). However, when Ha goes to kill the second defendant, Chow Ting-kwong (James Tien), he is already dead. Unbeknownst to them, both of the defendants were working under an even higher power, known only as "Crown". However, it is soon discovered that "Crown" is none other than Superintendent Wong, who was also Chow's killer.

Once Si realizes that Wong is the true mastermind behind all of the recent murders taking place, she and Ha finally work together to bring him in to prove he is not "above the law". However, depending on the version of the story told, both Si and Ha fall victim to their ambition, with Si killed with a large screw through the neck by Wong and Ha falling to his demise after killing Wong in an out of control airplane. However, in another version of the story, Si survives her attack from Wong, and while Ha still kills Wong, he falls victim to a different, and rather ironic, fate: Ha is given an eight-year sentence in prison under the charge of manslaughter (English dub), or a life sentence in prison under the charge of First Degree Murder (Mandarin dub).

Cast[edit]

  • Yuen Biao as Jason Ha Ling-ching
  • Cynthia Rothrock as Senior Inspector Cindy Si
  • Roy Chiao as Magistrate Judge
  • Melvin Wong as Superintendent Wong Ching-wai
  • Louis Fan as Sammy Yu Chi-man
  • Corey Yuen as Bad Egg
  • Sandy Chan as Jason Ha's girlfriend
  • Chung Fat as Red Porsche Policeman
  • Wu Ma as Uncle Tsai
  • Peter Cunningham as Black Assassin
  • Lau Sing-ming as Sammy's Grandfather
  • Karen Sheperd as Karen
  • Tai Po as Yellow Shirt Cop
  • James Tien - Chow Ting-kwong
  • Hsu Hsia as Mr. Leung (protected witness)
  • Lau Chau-sang as Cop
  • Chow Kam-kong as Station Cop
  • Stephen Chan as Hung
  • Siu Bo as Cop guarding Mr. Leung / Hanger Thug (2 roles)
  • Yuen Miu as Cop guarding Mr. Leung
  • King Lee as Cop
  • Paul Chang as Four Eyes Bill
  • Hsiao Hou
  • Fruit Chan

Theme song[edit]

Production information[edit]

  • Cynthia Rothrock was originally supposed to act in Jackie Chan's 1987 film, Armour of God, Rothrock was declined. But due to Jackie Chan's injury halting production of the film, however Rothrock was reassigned to play as the lead actress in this film.
  • This is Rothrock's personal favorite of her own films.
  • The airplane stunt finale was shot in New Zealand, rather than Hong Kong.
  • Supposedly, many of the times Rothrock was doubled, she would be doubled by stuntman and fight choreographer Meng Hoi.
  • Rothrock did not speak Cantonese or Mandarin, so all of her lines were spoken in English and then later dubbed into the respective languages.
  • According to Rothrock, despite being an impressive martial arts villain on screen in this film, actor Melvin Wong apparently had no formal martial arts training whatsoever prior to this film.
  • According to Melvin Wong, the airplane hangar fight between him and Yuen Biao was "guest directed" by none other than Sammo Hung.
  • The film has two main versions in Cantonese and Mandarin the primary difference being additional scenes for the Mandarin version and another ending.

Accolades[edit]

Accolades
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
6th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Action Choreography Corey Yuen, Yuen Biao,
Mang Hoi, Hsu Hsia
Nominated

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