An excellent example of the kind of balls out action film making that did so much to bring excited attention to the Hong Kong cinema scene in the early nineties amidst Woomania. Unfortunately Andrew Kam's Fatal Termination is quite hard to see, at least legitimately, and deserves a much wider audience. It may not have the style or sophistication of John Woo's celebrated work but what it lacks in those areas, it more than makes up for in the insanity of it's action sequences.
The film has an overly exposition heavy plot, involving two sets of warring terrorists trying to get hold of an arsenal of weapons due to pass through Hong Kong, is further complicated by two sets of investigating cops, a corrupt customs official and a vicious gangster. The first half hour or so is quite slow as the plot and characters are set up, and perhaps could have been trimmed back a little, however once the action gets going, the stuntmen really suffer for our enjoyment. Fatal Termination is a brutal and mean spirited movie and altogether better for it. A catalogue of life endangering stunts are performed for the viewers pleasure, the most infamous one being the little girl dangling from the window of a fast moving car, while Moon Lee on the bonnet, tries to fight two guys through the windscreen to save the girl. No matter how many times you see it, you never can quite believe what you're seeing. The kind of sequence that could (and should) never be made now, and that really shouldn't ever have been filmed, truly gobsmacking!
After the slow start the intensity really picks up, until by the finale it's pretty gripping, due mainly to the anything goes nature of the film. It's said of many films but here you really do believe any and all of the characters are fair game to die horribly at any second. Fatal Termination isn't really an actor's film, but Robin Shou as the corrupt customs official is good, Simon Yam is solid as usual without really making that much of an impression and Moon Lee is as good as I've seen her. It's Philip Ko though who steals the show as the ridiculously evil gangster, he seems to be having a real blast.
Fatal Termination is not the gory spectacle that Kam's own The Big Heat is, but does deliver on the action and stunts front in a similar manner to that film's grand guignol approach to gore. Unfortunately difficult to see now, as the VCD and DVD are long OOP, it's well worth the effort of tracking it down, if only to see the kind of Hong Kong action spectacle that just doesn't get made anymore.