China O’Brien


A police woman, expert and instructor in martial arts, leaves the city to stay with her dad, sheriff in a town with peace and quiet – or so she thinks. She gets plenty opportunities to show her martial arts skills. Sometimes you can’t just walk away.

ACTORS :   Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke


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China O’Brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is now struggling against the clutches of organized crime. When her father, the town sheriff, is killed China decides to run for his position and clean up the town. The poll results spark a series of confrontations that finally decide who runs the town . . .

Cynthia Roth-rocks

China O’Brien This film and its sequel remain among the best Western showcases for Cynthia Rothrock’s martial ability. Lori ‘China’ O’Brien (Rothrock) plays a cop who also teaches martial arts. One night, in an attempt to prove to a disbelieving student that martial arts could be applied to the street, she ends up killing a kid to defend a friend. Overcome with remorse, she resigns from the force and visits her parents. Unfortunately, instead of getting away from the trouble, it found her… As martial arts fare goes, this is not bad. You really felt like Rothrock’s performance when she sheds tears at a very nasty incident was quite convincing. Another thing that works in the film’s favour is the chemistry between Rothrock and co-star Richard Norton (Australian Karate exponent). As you might expect, though, the fights are what this and its sequel are really about, and these are some of the best Western fights ever, I reckon. None of the slowness of later efforts, and Rothrock’s blows look very powerful (Hong Kong actor/director Sammo Hung says they ARE powerful). A big hand to Keith Cooke for his lethal boot-work, though. Switch your brain off and enjoy an early slice of real girl power.

Golden Harvest and Robert Clouse are back in this Cynthia Rothrock vehicle.


China O’Brien (1990) was an attempt to make Cynthia Rothrock a star in the United States. This Golden Harvet production was helmed by veteran director Robert Clouse. Sadly he was either lucky with Enter the Dragon or he’s lost his touch because he’s not that great of a director. The only reason to watch this movie is to see the fighting skills of Ms. Rothrock and Richard Norton. If this movie was directed by Corey Yuen or Hoi Meng it could have been an action classic instead of a cheesy straight-to-video action flick.

China O’Brien returns home to help out her dad. He’s having trouble with the local mob and he needs her help. So she returns home and restores order (with the help of two unlikely people). But will they be enough to topple Mister Big and his evil cronies?

If you’re a big Cynthia Rothrock fan then this movie’s catered for you. I only enjoyed the fighting scenes, everything else is rubbish. Why didn’t Raymond Chow shell out a few shekels and hired a top notch action director?


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