Righting Wrongs/Above The Law: ” ”Justice always wins”

Year: 1986
Directed by Corey Yuen
Produced by
Written by Sze-To Cheuk-Hon and Barry Wong
Cast: Yuen Biao, Cynthia Rothrock, Melvin Wong, Corey Yuen, Fan Siu-Wong, Wu Ma, Lau Siu-Ming, Peter Lai Bei-Dak, Tai Bo, James Tien, and Chung Fat

A lawyer turns to vigilantism to seek justice for a family of a witness that was brutally murdered. Not long after, the cops are hot on his tail to capture him. Unbeknownst to both parties, is the true villain hiding right under their noses.

Vigilantism crossed with calls for justice abounds in Righting Wrongs. Yuen Biao’s Jason Ma is a man that must work outside of the justice system when it fails him. While Jason Ma’s antics are almost superhero-like, his crazy antics are hardly out of place in a world where a cop can shoot the tire of a citizen’s car with no repercussions. The weak plot is more of a vehicle for Yuen Biao and his co-star, Cynthia Rothrock, to flaunt their martial arts skills. The action in Righting Wrongs is more than up to snuff to deliver the goods. The intense choreography is in good order. But Yuen Biao ups the ante, even more with his amazing acrobatic ability, and Cynthia Rothrock, with her amazing kicks as well.

Corey Yuen as a comedic sidekick does rob some valuable screentime from Yuen Biao which might displease Yuen Biao enthusiasts. And, the screentime to a young delinquent played by Louis Fan does much the same. Both of their stories function as ancillary pieces to Righting Wrongs’ moral messaging. Indeed, including any sort of thematic or moral message in a cheesy and over the top action flick is bound to be clumsy. None the less, it’s an odd sign that Righting Wrongs wants to be more than the sum of its part. The violence in Righting Wrongs has a gritty edge that many of its contemporaries sorely lack. The method in which one should pursue justice drives much of the motivations. Whatever method actually suffices, the world doesn’t make any method easier than the other.

Righting Wrongs has the heart of a crime thriller but it comes in the form of an action comedy. That odd crisscross produces a product that delivers great action within a thematic scope of a crime thriller.

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