aka: American Tigers
Director: David Worth
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Cynthia Rothrock, Donald Gibb, Rorion Gracie, Joe De Angelis
The most elite fighting force ever assembled!
aka: China O’Brian, China O’Brian: A Kung Fu Lady
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke, Doug Wright, Nijel
She is the Ultimate Weapon
China O’Brien has worked herself up from being in a small little town to now working as a police officer in the big city. She is also a martial arts teacher when she is off duty and needless to say, her biggest assets are her fighting skills. One day a shooting goes wrong which makes her want to quit the force and move back to her home town.
Things have changed back at home though. Her father is still the sheriff, but he is unable to get control over the corruption that is going on and has even infested the sheriff department. Her father ends up being killed and that brings out the cop in China and she candidates herself as the new sheriff, which also puts her in danger and she now has to clean up the streets before it destroys her and the rest of her loved ones.
original title: Zong Heng Tian Xia
aka: Angel The Kickboxer
Director: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Donna Jason, John Miller, Cynthia Rothrock, Chuck Jeffreys, Gerald Klein
Two tough and hot sisters locked in a deadly game.
Jason Slade is an evil businessman who are trying to get a hold of a nuclear trigger that he will resell it for big profits on the black market. Joyce Pride is a reporter who is trying to expose Slade for what he really is. This brings her a lot of trouble and together with Slade’s previous bodyguard Jake and her sister and FBI agent Tracey, they might just be able to stop him before it’s too late.
Honor and Glory is a poor effort by Godfrey Ho (Cobra vs. Ninja, Robo Vampire), who has given us countless hours of bad, but entertaining movies previous to this. The plot is frankly just stupid and the acting is the so extremely bad. I’m used to bad english dubbing so that’s nothing new, but just looking at the “acting” makes you disregard the dubbing altogether. It’s almost weird to see how every actor delivers their lines in the most awkward way possible.
aka: Karate Tiger 2, Raging Thunder
Director: Corey Yuen
Starring: Loren Avedon, Max Thayer, Cynthia Rothrock, Patra Wanthivanond, Matthias Hues
It’s not a rematch, it’s war!
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 is a sequel in name only from the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. It was supposed to be a direct follow-up, but Van Damme and his fellow co-star from the first movie Kurt McKinney pulled out by not showing up at the first day of shooting. Director Corey Yuen (Fong Sai Yuk, The Transporter, Twins Effect 2) does however return and with him this time is Loren Avedon as the main hero Scott Wylde.
Wylde travels Vietnam to find his old friend Mac (Max Thayer). Before he is able to do so his girlfriend Sulin gets kidnapped while Scott is framed for murder and possession of drugs. Scott, of course, escapes and finally finds Mac and they along with Terry (played by the legend Cynthia Rothrock) goes after the soviet army who has Sulin captive.
aka: Blonde Justice, Female Justice
Director: Paul Maslak
Starring: Cynthia Rothrock, Tony Lo Bianco, Kurt McKinney, Brad Dourif, Mako
Revenge has never been so sweet.
Cynthia Rothrock stars as Jana Dane, a criminal psychiatrist working as a consultant for a law firm. When she comes home one night she finds her sister and nephew murdered and is almost killed herself by a gang of thugs. When she returns to the scene of the crime, she finds herself having psychic powers and combining this with her martial arts skills she sets out on a mission to bring the bad guys to justice.
Sworn to Justice is not one of the best Cynthia Rothrock movies out there. The plot of the movie is below average and the acting, even from Rothrock is sub par. The fighting scenes isn’t anything spectacular and suffers from bad directing. I guess they added the psychic part to make it different from other movies, but it still feels unnecessary.
aka: Lady Kickboxer
Director: David Worth
Starring: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Robert Ginty, Bella Esperance, Hengky Tornando
She fights fire with fire
Kathy Gallagher is a former CIA agent who are trying to bring down the arms dealer Ludwig Hauptman, who has recently also killed Kathy’s husband. She is making a living in Indonesia by fighting on the underground circuit while trying to track him down. When she gets close enough to him, he beats her, brutally rapes her and his thugs dumps her on the side of a muddy road.
She is saved by a local old, mute man and his grandson and they let her stay at their place to recover. She becomes very close to them while training herself back into shape and when she is all recovered she goes after Ludwig again, and this time she cannot be stopped.
Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton is a match made in kung fu heaven. They make a great tag team when they are both good guys and they work equally great together when Norton is a bad guy. This one has a lot in common with Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Kickboxer, with a lot of recovery training in a small village.
aka: Sci-Fighter, Dragon Battle: Evolution, Virtual Fighter
Director: Art Camacho
Starring: Don Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Lorenzo Lamas, Aki Aleong, Christine Rodriguez
They thought it was just a video game… Now they’re fighting for their lives.
Action hero’s Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock and Lorenzo Lamas stars in this epic 90’s action mov…. Oh, wait. It’s not made in the 1990’s and it surely ain’t epic. Throw in the concept of virtual reality going wrong and you can’t help to think that this is something that should have been made ten years earlier than it did.
Wilson stars as Jack Tanaka, a martial arts instructor who is struggling with the loss of his wife which is affecting his relationship with his son Brad (Daneya Mayid). Their relationship hits rock bottom when Brad throws a birthday party and gets caught with a beer in his hand. Brad’s grandfather James (Aki Aleong) tries to help their relationship by introducing them to a virtual fighter game he has developed as a training device for the FBI, but when Brad gets caught in the game and is unable to get out, Jack has to enter the game and save his son.