Policing and Feminism

If Inspector Wears Skirts II were an adaptation of a TV series – one of those that stitches a few episodes together and calls it a movie – then it all makes sense. Inspector Wears Skirts II puts a number of episodes together, from in-fighting among the women cops forming their own unit to the bumbling men acting like horny teens trying to glance in the showers. Cut, edit, next scene.

There’s no story to this film, at least until the 82-minute mark of a total 96-minute runtime. Then, a terrorist randomly escapes a prison truck, and both men and women cops join forces to take them down. It’s an admittedly a spectacular fight once it gets going.

Inspector Wears Skirts II aims for kooky, slapstick comedy

Inspector Wears Skirts II aims for kooky, slapstick comedy, but comes off as high school kids bickering about minuscule things. A lunch room food fight is outright embarrassing, and the forced comedy of someone with dirty shoes attempting to find “pranks” on the new recruit’s mattresses comes through as painful.

For all of its exploration of gender and equality, the script never seriously explores the topics. Instead, it’s a basic give-and-take, where either a man or woman does something stupid, gets caught, and endures a ridiculous punishment. One of the women cuts holes in a bullet proof vest to protect her ample breasts in one of Inspector Wears Skirts II’s higher brow moments of comedy. And no, that’s not much of a compliment.

Attempts at romance lead to a full dance number, which again, is akin to a high school prom given the sheepishness of all involved. Not a single character stands out as the dialog bounces between countless bit parts. What results is mass of ideas that fail to coalesce into a cohesive whole, as if everyone on the creative team got one of their ideas into the script with no consideration of how to make the thing stick.

Video

Immediately impressive, Inspector Wears Skirts II shows brilliant, rich contrast and deep black levels from the opening frames. Depth is immense and striking, better than many modern presentations in this regard.

Additional aid comes from the brilliant color. Flesh tones have a natural vividness, red lipstick absolutely glows, and other primaries deliver the best kind of intensity.

Grain fluctuates but generally settles into a lean zone, even imperceptible at times. This results in sharp, precise fidelity, with fantastic resolution. Texture thrives when in close, while the many wide shots/exteriors could pass for 4K to untrained eyes. Only one spot raises ire, around 26-minutes. Close-ups show a sticky grain structure, but no notable loss of detail.

Audio

Cantonese and English dual mono PCM feature in the menu. Like countless Hong Kong productions from this era and before, dialog carries a messy, flat quality. The score is worse, wobbling when at peak treble and overall, pitifully resolving the toughest spots.

Extras

Frank Djeng, who must do these gigs full time at this point, provides another informative commentary, his 10th or so this year already. Director Wellson Chin, stuntman Anthony Carpio, and Mars all discuss their parts in interview segments. Trailers and stills round it out.

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Plot-less and only marginally entertaining, Inspector Wears Skirts II barely functions as a light slapstick comedy.

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