Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 20th, 2008
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: November 17th, 1998
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Bahasa
DVD Release: Tai Seng / Universe Laser
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: OOP
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.
Yes, Madam! is presented in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. There is some mild print damage and there are some instances where colors look muted and details look too soft. Also this transfer is interlaced and has not been flagged for progressive playback. There is some mild blurring/ghosting during action sequences.
This release comes with two audio options Mandarin and Cantonese. Both audio options are presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1. There really is not much of a difference quality wise between the two audio mixes. The audio for both mixes sounds clean and clear. It is a shame that the original mono mixes have not been included since there is some instances where these two audio mixes sounds too spread out. Removable English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Bahasa and Thai subtitles have been included with this release.
Extras include trailers for Yes, Madam!, Magnificent Warriors, Royal Warriors and Easy Money. Other extras include star profiles (text in Chinese) for Michelle Yeoh, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and Chung Chi Man. This DVD release of Yes Madam is long OOP. This DVD release suffers from many of the same things that plague so many early DVD releases like interlacing and non anamorphic transfers. Overall Yes, Madam! is in desperate need of a proper North American DVD release.