Picks and Pans Review: Martial Law
How to describe Sammo Hung? An overfed Jackie Chan? A Chinese Chuck Norris (whose Walker, Texas Ranger follows Hung's Martial Law on Saturday nights)? A kung fu William Conrad (rotund detective hero of the '70s CBS series Cannon)? Fact is, words failed us when we first saw the doughy martial artist from Hong Kong demolish a bad guy on this new tongue-in-cheek cop show. Lethal hands, lightning-fast feet and one or two extra chins—you don't come across that combo too often.
Hung, whose movie credits include the charmingly titled Enter the Fat Dragon, plays a Shanghai policeman who traveled to Los Angeles on a case and now finds himself officially assigned to the LAPD. The series' comedic appeal lies largely in the contrast between Hung's unimpressive appearance and his awesome destructive power. If you also get a kick out of his deadpan version of acting and his limited facility with English, you'll want to hang weekly with Hung. If not, catch Martial Law at least once as a conversation piece—provided the fight scenes don't leave you speechless.
Bottom Line: Plenty of chops, socks and yuks