The Inspector Wears Skirts (1988)

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Bit of a wasted opportunity
Reviewed by Simon on 2002-07-29

The great thing about a squad of female commandos is that they can be cute, like some of Hong Kong's top actresses from the 80's, but also kick butt - like some of Hong Kong's top actresses in the 80's. Wait a minute! I just realised that's not a real squad of female commandos in THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS at all! I've been duped by some of Hong Kong's top actresses from the eighties again

TIWS is basically just another entry in the "Girls with Guns" genre that was popular at the time, with a cast of some of the top actresses from the eighties assembled together to train as a squad of female commandos, for those situations where a feminine touch might be required in the ass kicking. They meet at camp, train under Sibelle Hu, form alliances and rivalries with each other, date some of the boys at the camp and then get deployed in an action showdown according to tradition.

The script feels fairly by the books, but it's interesting to see a good cast including Sibelle, Kara Hui, Ann Bridgewater and Cynthia Rothrock all brought together. Sandra Ng and her big hair are brought in to provide annoyance relief (I can't in good conscience call it comic relief), and the movie suffers badly from that other blight of late 80's HK movies - Billy Lau. The action should be what makes all of this worth sitting through, and there is some good stuff (credited to Jackie Chan's Stunt Team), but not nearly enough.

Not a bad movie, quite ok in fact, but a bit of a wasted opportunity.