Whore & Policewoman – Sisters Under The Skin

Country: Hong Kong
Genre: Action/ Drama/ Exploitation/ Martial Arts/ Category III
Director: Wong Gwok-Chue
Year: 1993

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

NOT WORTH YOUR TIME

Poor Nishiwaki Michiko. Like Oshima Yukari, despite having oodles of charisma and athletic talent, Nishiwaki most often got stuck with lousy writers and directors. Whore And Policewoman is a case in point.

The basic plot is not the problem.

Some sadistic scumbag enjoys beating up prostitutes, but when a victim’s roommate, May (Yip Shun), tries to blackmail the bastard with an incriminating videotape, hitmen start coming out of the woodwork. The cops are useless, but May gets hold of crusading prosecutor Yin Li Shin (Kwan Hoi-San), who pledges to help out. He sends his niece, policewoman Nancy Cheng (Nishiwaki Michiko) to pick her up and keep her safe, but the scumbag’s hitmen are close behind.

That’s a good, sound basis for a genre flick, but screenwriters Chan Hiu-Bing and Wong Gwok-Chue screw it up big time. First off, they tip their hand about the identity of the scumbag way too early. There should have been a red herring or two and a process of deduction. As it is, the filmmakers cheat us of what could have been a satisfying mystery element.

They also fail to give us a heroine we can root for. May, when she discovers that her friend was whipped so badly that she’s in the hospital, instead of giving the videotape to the cops, decides to blackmail the assailant, and thoughtfully states that she’ll share 50/50 with the beaten girl. Lovely. And for that matter, how is May able to contact the scumbag if she doesn’t know who he is? As you can see, there are plot holes all over the place.

To make matters worse, Yip Shun is absolutely horrible as Mary. You can’t believe a word she says, which ruins the dramatic scenes. Nishiwaki Michiko’s dramatic scenes fall flat, too, and I know she can act. I blame director Wong Gwok-Chue, who makes even veteran character actors like Kwan Hoi-San look mediocre. Only Charlie Cho comes out of this mess intact.

And who decided to have Nishiwaki Michiko exit the picture halfway through? Her character doesn’t die, she just takes time off to recover from her injury while the bad guy gets caught.

Nishiwaki Michiko only gets a few scenes in which she can show off her physical prowess and slammin’ body. Talk about a waste!

But how about the action? Well, it’s not bad, but sloppy in places. If you’re the type of fan who is completely uncritical about things like characters and story, you might get something out of it.

But let’s face it. Whore And Policewoman is a lousy movie. I’m going to hold onto my copy, but only because there are so few movies featuring Nishiwaki Michiko. Even a stumblebum like director Wong Gwok-Chue can’t completely dim her 1000 watt charisma.

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