China O’Brien II This time China O’Brien has trouble with a dealer who puts a prize on her head because she had spoiled an important drug deal of his. But all the world’s criminals will not be enough to catch up with China, one of the masters of the martial arts.
Solid enough film with superb fight scenes
China O’ Brien II picks up where the first film left off and it’s almost literally more of the same which means TV movie quality plot and acting interspersed with some martial arts action.
As a film it’s certainly not the worst ever made and it’s about as solidly entertaining as any episode of Columbo or Walker Texas Ranger. As with the first one where the film excels is the fight scenes which are dynamic and very well choreographed with some brilliant OTT sound effects.
The film’s plot centres around some bog standard pap about an escaped convict terrorising the town and in that it makes some mistakes. As with the first film, the main bad guy is an older dude with no fighting skills whatsoever and so there is really no final threat or showdown, just a big free for all brawl involving loads of people.
It would have been nice to have China go up against another female martial artist hench(wo)man or even a female villain with fighting skills. Even a bog standard martial arts villain would have done but alas no.
Still in saying that, watching China beat the s-h-i-t out of endless waves of plaid shirted goons is satisfying enough although the story:fight ratio is a little off in favour of the “boring” bits.
Still, as thin as the plot is it’s executed well enough to keep the pace going and fans won’t be disappointed by the highly satisfying action one bit. China O’Brien II
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