Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 7th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1985
Director: Corey Yuen
Writer: Barry Wong
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, John Sham, Hoi Mang, Hark Tsui, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Fat Chung, James Tien
DVD Released: April 22nd, 2010
Approximate Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: IIb (Hong Kong)
Sound: DTS Cantonese, Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Mono Cantonese, Dolby Digital Mono Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
DVD Release: Joy Sales
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: $10.51 ($82 HK)
Synopsis: After the murder of a British agent Hong Kong policewoman joins forces with a female British agent. While searching for the murderer the duo uncover the reason behind the British agent’s death. They try to locate the micro film that was stolen from the murdered British agent.
Yes, Madam! has had a numerous alternate English language titles like In the Line of Duty 2, Police Assassins and Super Cops. Yes, Madam! is the second film in a series of seven films which make up the In the Line of Duty series. The first two films In the Line of Duty (Royal Warriors) and In the Line of Duty 2 (Yes, Madam!) featured Michelle Yeoh in the title role, while the remaining films featured Cynthia Khan in the title role. Yes, Madam! was directed by Corey Yuen whose other notable films include Above the Law, The Legend, The Legend 2, The Defender, The Enforcer, The Transporter and So Close.
Plot wise Yes, Madam! travels ground covered numerous times before in countless Hong Kong action films. Despite the familiarities of the story the film does manage to stand on its own due to exceptional performances from Michelle Yeoh and James Tien. Yes, Madam! is also significant for being the first starring role for Michelle Yeoh whose later films credits include Supercop, Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She had two minor films roles before Yes, Madam! Even at this early stage of her career she proves that she is more than capable holding her own in action sequences. My favorite moment in the film involves Michelle Yeoh’s character Inspector Ng who is hanging upside down on a balcony while two bad guys try to knock her over the edge. The railing she is hanging on is glass which she breaks through and pulls the two guys off the ledge to the floor below.
The film’s other standout performance is James Tien who plays Tin the lead bad guy in the film. He hams it up as the diabolical Tin. His character has a laughing fetish and even goes so far to remark on how he loves laughing. Another performance of note is Cynthia Rothrock in one of her first starring roles. Like so many martial arts and action films that emerged out of Hong Kong in the 1970’s and 1980’s the soundtrack for Yes Madam, features music cues from other films. The main cue that is incorporated into the score for Yes, Madam! is a musical cue from John Carpenter’s Halloween.
Besides the first rate action scenes Yes, Madam! also does a good throwing comedy into the mix. It is also worth noting that the version included on this DVD release includes a scene with a flasher in the library that has been removed from the English dubbed version of the film which incorporates footage from another unrelated film named Pi li da la ba (Where’s Officer Tuba?). Ultimately Yes, Madam! makes up for its lack of character development and standard action film plot with its inventive action sequences.
Note: The DVD portion of this review was written by Carroll Jenkins.
Yes, Madam! is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The image looks clean and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with combing. Overall this is one of the better looking Joy Sales transfers that I’ve seen. The running time for this release clocks in at 93 minutes and four seconds.
This release comes with four audio options, DTS Cantonese, Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Mono Cantonese, Dolby Digital Mono Mandarin. The original mono Cantonese has the dialog way to the front. It is very crisp but individual preference may be for the more ‘balanced’ remixes that level out the dialog with the sound effects. There are some grammatical errors in the English subtitles “Detend him” instead of “Detain him”, but the white font with black outline is easy to read.
Extras include the original Cantonese trailer in anamorphic widescreen in nice shape, and a newly edited trailer. A stills gallery displays original color promotional stills, and a 60 second slide show presents screen caps from the feature. Overall until a more definitive release comes along. This latest DVD incarnation of Yes, Madam! is the best option currently available.