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 . . .
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?