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Beauty Investigator
Beauty Investigator
Actors: Billy Chow, Fat Chung, Sophia Crawford, Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima
Director: Hsia Hsu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
UR     1999     1hr 26min

In order to capture a serial rapist two beautiful policewomen go undercover as club hostesses. However they soon discover that the club owner is actually the head of an arms smuggling syndicate. They decide to take him on ...  more »


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Actors: Billy Chow, Fat Chung, Sophia Crawford, Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima
Director: Hsia Hsu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/26/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1992
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese, English
Subtitles: Chinese, English

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Movie Reviews

Great Girl Against Girl Martial Arts Fighting Sequences!
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Beauty Investigator is a classic film in the genre of martial arts skilled girls with guns. The stars of this film are Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima. Hong Kong film fans should be familiar with both of them. For the uninitiated, Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima are two of the best female HK action film actresses who ever did HK films. They are both very good at martial arts, and they can handle their fight scenes very well. Moon Lee was a dancer who was trained by HK film stunt men in the ways of martial arts film fighting, and she is excellent. She uses good form and technique in all of her movements. Yukari Oshima is classically trained in Karate, and she is also extremely good, utilizing good form and technique as well. And in this film, the two square off for some very satisfying fight sequences.
(Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima also square off again in Kickboxer's Tears, and the fighting in that film is also good, but the full screen format crops off a good deal of the action, making it not as enjoyable to watch as it could've been.)So for fans of the girls with guns HK film genre, this movie is great fun to watch. The only down side to this film is that it's dubbed, but the dubbing isn't too bad, and the video quality is poor. An earlier review of this film explains this very well. But the saving grace of this film is the content itself, the stars, and the fact that it's in widescreen allows the viewer to fully appreciate the beauty of the action sequences.I highly recommend this film to fans of Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima, and to fans of HK action films in general. And for those who are unfamiliar with HK action films and the HK girls with guns genre, if you're looking for a different flavor to your action films, give this one a try, you won't be disappointed. And with the very low price tag of this dvd, you'll be getting a great deal. Even if you don't like it, you wonn't have wasted too much of your money, and if you do like it, you'll have gotten a great bargain on a great film!"
Mediocre Ganster Action, Low Quality Viedo
David Koski | San Jose, CA United States | 12/16/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Beauty Investigator is a movie about two female police detectives who go under cover to find rapist/murderer. They soon get caught up in the main plot of this movie which involves Hong Kong gangsters and Japanese Yakuza. The ganster plot is fairly typical and not terribly interesting. In fact, there is not much about this movie that is all that interesting. The female stars are all attractive, and there are a couple good actin scenes (including some unnecessary, but appreciated explosions).This whole movie smacked of cheap production. The plastic DVD case is warped (it won't lay flat or close properly), and the plot summary on the back is wrong.The video quality is poor. It is widescreen, but not animorphic. It looks like a copy of a cheap VHS tape. The picture is very muddy, and at times the color seems to go out of the picture (yes, it is on the DVD, not a problem with cables). Other times the colors bleed all over the place -- in the final fight, one of the female villians is wearing a red shirt that seems to glow. Did they do the transfer by pointing a camcorder at a TV screen?There is another problem with the video, or more specifically with the fact that half of the movie seems to have been shot in the dark. There are a lot of scenes where you can't see much of anything other than a few unidentifiable blobs moving around. Maybe!On the plus side, the dubbing was pretty well done.You can definately better elsewhere. If you want to see attractive female crime action, try Heroic Trio. If you want to see awesome Hong Kong gangster action, look for Hard Boiled. I cannot recommend this movie."
You must buy this video. Moon Lee is incredible.
morgoth | 05/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two policewomen go undercover as club hostesses to catch a serial rapist, but soon find there's more to this case than they've bargained for. Fast-paced, funny, with incredible fight scenes between Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima make this actioner a must see. Once you see Moon Lee you'll be hooked. Not only beautiful but she can also kick butt!A side note for those who've never heard of Moon Lee or seen any of her movies, Beauty Investigator is a great place to start. It has everything and once you see this hopefully you'll become a fan and want to see more of her work."
2.5, but the woman on woman fights easily give it a 3
morgoth | omaha, NE | 06/09/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This sub genre never took until ang lee put out Crouching tiger. But I guarantee you that moon lee(iron angels) and yukari Oshima( teh story of Riki-Oh) are better than michelle yeoh and ziyi zhang, it is just a shame they only made poorly shot low budget movies. But just like jet or bruce these 2 make any movie watchable.

The movie itself is pretty freaking dumb, but much more enjoyable storywise than Kickboxer's Tears. They take the more straight up "girls with guns" approach. Not bad, but stupid and funny only at times.

The fights are really the ONLY thing going for it. A VERY good one on one fight between men is it for us guys. The women rule the world in this. The comedy doesn't really appear in any of the fights but worth a rental at least. I would watch it again but only once or twice at the most.

The dvd quality is the same as kickboxer's tear's(more than watchable) but unlike KB T, it is in a widescreened format, nto perefct but you are not really missing anything. Which brings me to my next piont, don't buy this only for billy chow. He has only ONE spectacular battle but it can't even be seen becasue of teh darkness, the rest of the movie you can at least see everything. I have the tai seng english dubbed budget release of this."