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China O'Brien
China O'Brien
Actors: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright, Nijel
Director: Robert Clouse
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
R     1998     1hr 26min

Action diva Cynthia Rothrock stars as a former big-city cop determined to both avenge her father's murder and succeed him as county sheriff in this entertaining action vehicle. The good-natured cross between Billy Jack an...  more »


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Actors: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright, Nijel
Director: Robert Clouse
Creators: Robert Clouse, Evangeline Griego, Fred Weintraub, Raymond Chow, Rick Nathanson, Sandra Weintraub
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Hong Kong Action, Indie & Art House
Studio: Studio / Sterling
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/15/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Welcome to female butt kicking.
Brendan O'Neill | England, UK | 01/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With Cynthia Rothrock taking on the american film industry, starring as China O'Brien, a karate teacher, whom resign s her badge/gun after a alley-way shooting, returns home to her "sheriff" father. After witnessing her father been killed, she decides to campaign for her fathers position as sheriff, vowing to clean the town of all its corruption, she enlists the help of her young sweetheart, played by fellow blackbelt Richard Norton (whom she stars in numerous films after) helps clean the town, with their extreme talent of martial arts, only seen in most hong kong movies, (minus the dubbed dialogue, of course). This is a must for all martial arts like me."
Watch it as a comedy
SmallestStep | Earth | 03/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As long as you go into this movie knowing that it's terrible: bad acting, bad "effects," bad story, bad... everything, then you'll love it. This is one of my favorite "goof on" movies; watch it as a comedy and have a dozen good laughs!"
My, oh my...
Theodore Csernica | Felton, CA United States | 08/25/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"My wife rented this recently just so that she could see Keith Cooke, a martial artist whose work she admires. (He's of mixed Japanese and American descent, but he plays a Native American martial artist here.) Do not see this for the plot, the acting, the setting, or if you like movies with characters you actually care about. Do see it if you want to watch a female martial artist beat the snot out of a bunch of rednecks. There is no other point to this movie."
I used to love this movie when I first saw it 13 years ago
E Rice | Tampa, FL United States | 06/11/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is particularly good for martial artists, for everybody else you may want to pass on this one. The fight scenes are done in the "last dinosaur" style, by that I mean that the action is very close (or closer) to how a real martial art fight would be and NOT like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon like most modern martial art movies are. Not to fear though, the action is not dull in any sense, the fight scenes are similar to 'The Best of the Best'.

The story goes like this, a female cop/martial artist quits the force after an incident in a back alley. She goes back home and her father/ex-sheriff is murdered so she decides to run for sheriff and clean up the town. Then she and her high kicking boyfriend proceed to whip everybody's you know what that gets in their way. Cheesy...maybe but the action is good. Also, there is another character in the movie named "Dakota" who is awesome; to me he almost stills the show from Cynthia.

There is even a sequel to this, which is even better (action wise), called China O'Brien 2.