She Shoots Straight

She Shoots Straight
Directed by Corey Yuen
Starring Sammo Hung
Joyce Godenzi
Release dates
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
94 min
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

She Shoots Straight (Chinese: 皇家女將, alternately Lethal Lady) is a 1990 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen and starring Sammo Hung and Joyce Godenzi.


She Shoots Straight turns on three satisfying plot axes. The first concerns the complications of a workplace romance and marriage between a dedicated policewoman “Mina Kao” (Joyce Godenzi) and her supervisor “Huang Tsung-pao” (Tony Leung). The second theme concerns opposition by the Huang family to the couple’s impending union. Another policewoman, Mina’s future sister-in-law “Chia-ling” (Carina Lau) is especially critical of apparent favoritism, and even makes a remark about her being Eurasian (this is not unique – a comparable epithet being made by Oshima’s character to her male opponent in “Close Escape”). The third axis provides resolution as a gang of Vietnamese led by Yuan Hua (Yuen Wah) attempts a violent and risky robbery. After the gang is thwarted, a shootout ensues in which the police get the upper hand. Swearing revenge, Yuan Hua lays a counter-trap using Vietnamese jungle warfare devices. When Chia-ling – slighted over disciplinary action – impulsively investigates alone, she risks trouble. Mina and Tsung-po rescue her, but he is killed by a booby trap, dying in front of his sister and bride. United in their grief, the women must break the news to the Huang family at a celebration for their matriarch. This paves the way for a relatively straightforward vengeance sub-plot in which Mina and Chia-ling track the gang to a freighter in the harbor. In advance of reinforcements they board the vessel to fight a life or death duel against gang members and crew wielding pistols, hatchets, knives or tools.


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