Cleopatra Jones gegen die Drachenlady (1975)

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Cleopatra Jones gegen die Drachenlady: Directed by Charles Bail. With Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Ni Tien, Norman Fell. When fellow operatives (and childhood friends) Matthew Johnson and Melvin Johnson disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) travels there to find them. With the help of local detective Mi Ling, Cleopatra discovers that her friends’ disappearance has to do with The Dragon Lady, a much-feared blonde “lipstick lesbian” who runs a Macao casino and controls a major chunk of the local drug trade.

“This sequel to u0026quot;Cleopatra Jonesu0026quot; reduces the blaxploitation elements and adds a HK flavor to the mix, with colorful production design and over-the-top stunts (definitely some u0026quot;ouch!u0026quot; moments here). Tamara Dobson is a little sexier this time (despite the excessive makeup), but she still lacks a certain grace in her fighting, and she is overshadowed by her Chinese co-star Tanny, who is not only beautiful but executes some great kicks as well. Stella Stevens, as the villainess, is also a major improvement over Shelley Winters, as she actually poses a physical challenge to Cleo (who knew that Stevens could be so good with a sword?). Overall, this sequel is better than the original mainly because it feels more like a HK action film than an American action film. (**1/2)”


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