This time it's more than just cop(s) and robbers, it's corrupt officials, CIA... it's a pretty big deal!
The CIA are (as it is later revealed) attempting to sell drugs to buy weapons for Latin American rebel forces so that their own country's strength increases. I'm surprised they had the guts to pull a plot like that! But I'm glad they did, and it turned out great... and did I mention Donnie Yen jumps in on the action? I'm not as happy with his role in this movie as in his latter ones, but he does pack a punch. And weapons too. He packs a lot of stuff.
Also worth mentioning is the final fight with Michael Woods towards the end, his second appearance ever! Seems like I've almost watched all of his movies now, and his fights are all great, and that two-step flying kick is becoming his stigma. Somehow they all end with him dying in a bizarre way though, but I spoke about that earlier, must have to do with how tough he looks. Unbeatable. Buff like a firetruck. HAH.
Apart from the fight with Woods, Michael Wong also makes a new appearance! In the first movie he played a good guy, now, he plays a bad guy, and he seems like an entirely new character. The more you watch these old HK movies, the more you realize how certain actors just keep appearing everywhere, but it's fun seeing them again, they become like old friends for each movie you see.
And the movie's great. When I see the 1989 in the title I'm thinking 'of course it is', twas the pinnacle of action, I was born for stuff like this! Yupp, HK action at its finest.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle