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Fatal Chase is a 1992 action movie directed by Philip Ko, starring Robin Shou, Waise Lee, and Yukari Oshima... fished out from the bottom of the pickle jar in the last minute.

When Torres, a vicious international drug dealer and wanted criminal by the Philippines government, is arrested in Hong Kong, two Hong Kong policemen, Billy (Robin) and Cynthia (Yukari) is tasked with escorting him to the Philippines. But Torres' boss, Tiger, leader of the Manila underworld, managed to bail Torres out, at which point they're forced to work with loose cannon officer Sergeant Franco (Philip).

Fatal Chase contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Cynthia, being played by (a very sadly underused) Yukari Oshima. At least she has *one* fight scene before she expires, which doesn't stop the filmakers from making her an...
  • Advertised Extra: Yukari Oshima's character gets top billing alongside Robin Shou, despite having a glorified cameo.
  • Agonizing Stomach Wound: How Cynthia meets her end, in the hands of Torres via butterfly knife. Later at the end of the movie Torres does the same to Billy, but Billy survives.
  • Batter Up!: The sole fight scene Cynthia partakes in, alongside Billy, when both of them gets ambushed by a group of baseball-bat swinging henchmen. Cynthia and Billy managed to hold their own for a long time, until Torres suddenly ambushed them.
  • Battle Couple:
    • The two Elite Mooks working for Tiger, a mustachioed henchman and his wife, a henchwoman who doesn't have any lines, but shows up alongside him when they're on a shooting spree.
    • It's implied that Cynthia and Billy are a couple too, unfortunately it doesn't last due to Cynthia getting a rather unceremonious death after one fight scene alongside Billy.
  • Beard of Evil: On Tiger, Franco, and the henchman.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: The henchman stabbing a Singh mob boss in the middle of a crowded restaurant, to the shock of everyone in it. While his wife points her gun motioning for everyone to back off.
  • Death by Cameo: Besides Cynthia, being played by Yukari Oshima who tends to die a lot, there's also the cop in the opening scene, played by Shaw Brothers veteran Jason Pai, who gets shot before the opening credits.
  • Destination Defenestration: Many faceless extras gets flung through glass panels or window panes. And the henchwoman, in her last moments fighting Franco, gets decked by Franco through the top window of her boss' mansion, falling into the roof of a shed before dying.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Cynthia in Billy's arms after succumbing to an Agonizing Stomach Wound.
  • Elective Mute: The Philipino henchwoman doesn't speak and has no lines throughout her screentime, but can yell and shout during fights. She notably shouts all the way down after Franco flings her out of a window.
  • Epic Flail: The henchwoman uses a rope dart in her attempt to kill Franco, and managed to even tie Franco down with it briefly. But it's not enough to help her win.
  • Guns Akimbo: Billy in the final shootout.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Billy's vendetta against Torres becomes one-on-one after Torres killed Cynthia, Billy's partner, comrade and possibly Love Interest.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Invoked, in the final battle Franco gets his pistol taken from him by Torres. But in the ending after Billy kills Torres, Franco then reveals he actually removed his bullets.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: In the final battle, Torres managed to stab Billy with his butterfly knife before being intervened by the police's arrival. As the stab isn't too deep, Billy managed to pull out that knife... and use it to stab Torres fatally.
    • It's also a Karmic Death, since Torres stabs and kills Cynthia using the same way, also with a butterfly knife.
  • Offhand Backhand: Billy and Franco during the confrontation scene in Tiger's mansion, where they guns down mooks coming from behind them without looking. It gets really ridiculous in the final shootout; Billy and Franco, after killing a bunch of mooks, decides to have a quick chat, and halfway through Billy casually tosses his pistol to Franco, who uses it to gun down a surviving mook sneaking up behind him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Implied to be the relationship between Billy and Cynthia, but later the film implies that there's more to them than being partners after Cynthia dies. The movie doesn't go too far after that.
  • Punch Catch: In the middle of their climatic final fight, Torres flings a heavy punch at Billy, only for Billy to grab it, forcefully twist and break Torres' wrist and turning the tide of battle into his favour.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Franco does this to two guards while infiltrating Tiger's mansion, pretending to be asking for directions before grabbing them and smashing their noggin' into one.
    Franco: "Say, what's that street called?"
    (grabs both distracted guards and clank their noggins together)
  • Railing Kill: The other half of the Battle Couple, the henchman, gets this fate after Billy kicks him over a balcony railing causing him to flip over to a sharp drop.
  • Sinister Shades: Worn by Torres, The Dragon to Tiger.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Invoked in the scene when the mute henchwoman tries to assasinate a sleeping Jimmy via sniping ... with a Grenade Launcher.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Jimmy and Franco hangs a suspect by his ankles as part of their Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, and even after getting the information they wanted, they simply left the suspect hanging from a balcony.