The film opens with a massacre and the 4 Chiefs from Black Wind Fortress making off into the night with the precious 'Night Shining Pearls'. Hot on the trail of the 4 Chiefs are 3 deadly fighters all with their own motives for wanting to get the Pearls back.
These 3 are Angela Mao as Constable Tieh Ying-hung who can fire deadly ribbons from her sleeves (!), Judy Lee as Tang Lin who wields an extending baton (complete with hidden blade), also there is the Silent Bodyguard from Chengwang - Hung Yi (Wang Kwan Hsiung) who only speaks via the use of tightly rolled up scrolls with pre-written messages on them which he keeps in a belt slung over his shoulder (this is a great touch).
The main bulk of the film focuses more on the race between the three main characters and their efforts to try and out-do each other looking for the pearls. The "one-upmanship" is fun but they are never really presented with any formidable foes along the way and most of the time end up fighting each other!. One by one the Chiefs are dispensed with leading to a showdown with Black Winds leader The Coldstar Tiger (Chang Yi).
There are many things to admire in this film. All three of the main characters impress, with everyone playing out their roles with the perfect level of icy cool (especially Judy Lee with her baton twirling). Some nice ideas throughout too, like the see-saw torture device and the guards in iron suits who actually look like astronauts...
The creative end fight scene was cool too, with Chang Yi using an umbrella weapon with blades (like a flying guillotine) and a classic scene where he rides one of his bamboo traps like a magic carpet. If there was one gripe it's that this end fight scene is a little too short after delivering so much throughout the run up to it.
A nice solid flick with the two leading ladies in brilliant form. This one will reap further rewards with repeat viewings I think. A top film!.