Hot! B-MOVIE BINGO: CHINA O’BRIEN

ChinaOBrien_webCHINA O’BRIEN (1990)
Showing Tuesday 8/5/2014 at The Hollywood Theatre

The formidable duo of Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton rarely fail to please. In CHINA O’BRIEN, Rothrock stars as a big-city cop/karate instructor who quits the force after a gang-related shooting takes the life of one her students. She decides to go back home to the country, where her father is the sheriff, only to find her hometown overrun by corrupt jerks. When her father and his deputy (in awesome back-to-back scenes) get killed by car bombs, all hell breaks loose–and she gets elected sheriff! All right!

Usually in movies like this, Rothrock fights the boss at the end, which means they are also karate experts, or at least have plenty of Uzis. Not the case here–the bad guys are old men who sit in dark rooms plotting. To fight them, she runs for sheriff and is elected, and then deputizes her old flame Richard Norton, some high school kids, and a mysterious karate-kicking Native American with one hand (we think) named Dakota. Throughout the movie, Dakota saves her ass over and over and disappears on his dirt bike. No one is impressed though–and he’s not really acknowledged by Rothrock or Norton until about three-fourths through the movie. When they finally want to know who he is, it’s with a “Who the hell does he think he is–let’s show him!” kind of attitude. Then they get in a car chase, and the rest is what you’d expect–he becomes a friend and deputy.

This movie is non-stop entertainment. Even when nothing’s happening, it’s strange enough to keep us interested. Directed by Robert Clouse.