Tag Archive: martial arts

Dec 27

Firecracker

Genre: Action
Year: 1981
Country: USA / Philippines

aka: Naked Fist

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Starring: Jillian Kesner, Darby Hinton, Rey Malonzo, Ken Metcalfe, Pete Cooper

 

 

 

She’ll send you to heaven, and then to hell!

 

Firecracker (1981) - Movie Review

Jun 21

Born to Fight

borntofightGenre: Action
Year: 2004
Country: Thailand

original title: Kerd Ma Lui

Director: Panna Rittikrai
Starring: Nappon Gomarachun, Santisuk Promsiri, Dan Chupong, Piyapong Piew-On, Somrak Khamsing

 

 

 

Born to Fight (2004) - Movie Review

 

Sep 21

Kickboxer II: The Road Back

kickboxer2Genre: Action
Year: 1991
Country: USA

aka: Kickboxer 2

Director: Albert Pyun
Starring: Sasha Mitchell, Peter Boyle, Dennis Chan, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, John Diehl

 

The ultimate rematch. The bloodiest battle. The final revenge.

 

David Sloan is a good guy who is trying to make ends meet to keep his gym running. He is a trainer and teacher at the gym and has a huge passion for giving lessons to younger street kids who needs some adult guidance in their lives.

The evil fighter Tong Po, who has murdered David’s brother Kurt, wants to redeem himself from loosing a martial art fight against Kurt by fighting David but he is not interested in fighting for the sake of fighting. So Tang Po and his boss Mr. Sangha comes up with a plan to pressure David into the fight.

The first Kickboxer film ended up becoming a huge hit and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme in an era were he was on the quick rise into action hero fame. When the time came for making a sequel, Van Damme pulled out and decided to do Double Impact instead so the filmmakers had to find a different path to take this potential franchise.

Sep 16

China O’Brien

chinaobrienGenre: Action
Year: 1990
Country: USA

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.

Sep 02

Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

shootfighterGenre: Action
Year: 1993
Country: USA

Director: Patrick Allen
Starring: Bolo Yeung, Michael Bernardo, William Zabka, Maryam d’Abo, Sigal Diamant

 

For the glory, the money and to the death

 

Ruben (Zabka) and Nick (Bernardo) are young martial arts students who are tricked into entering the Shootfighter competition in Mexico by the villain of the movie Mr. Lee (Martin Kove, known from the Karate Kid movies) because Mr. Lee wants revenge on their teacher Shingo (Yeung). Mr. Lee turned Shootfighting into a non-honorable sport where evil white people sit and bet on the winner and the end of the fight is determined when the opponent is killed.

Shootfighter is a typical american martial arts movie from the early 90’s. After the success of Bloodsport (1988), a wave of fighting movies were produced. Some were crap, some were crappy but still entertaining and a few were actually good. Thankfully, Shootfighter ends in the above average pile.

Jun 25

Bloodsport II

bloodsport2Genre: Action
Year: 1996
Country: USA

Director: Alan Mehrez
Starring: Daniel Bernhardt, Pat Morita, Donald Gibb, James Hong, Lori Lynn Dickerson

 

Caught between honor and revenge, how far will one man go…

 

I remember when my cousin rented this on video back when it first came out. My cousin is a huge Jean-Claude Van Damme movie and was greatly disappointed when it turned out that he wasn’t even in the movie. If you look at the movie poster it sure looks like Van Damme would be in this, but nope, instead it’s Daniel Bernhardt who plays the lead in this sequel that came out 8 years after the first Bloodsport. Not only does Bernhardt look like Van Damme but he resembles him when he fights aswell, but at least he is a great fighter.

Bernhardt plays Alex Cardo, an arrogant thief who successfully steals an ancient «katana» (sword) but gets set up by his partner in crime John (played by Philip Tan) and goes to jail. His arrogant behaviour does not last long in the eastern jail and he quickly becomes an enemy to the chief guard Demon (Ong Soo Han) and he is saves from a brutal attack by Master Sun (James Hong) who starts to teach Alex about the right path in life.

Jun 16

Honor and Glory

honorandgloryGenre: Action
Year: 1993
Country: Hong Kong

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.

Dec 21

Karate Wars

KARATE-WARSGenre: Action
Year: 1989
Country: USA

aka: Bloodfight 3

Director: David Huey
Starring: Christopher Wolf, Richard Rabago, Gerald Okamura, Elsie Jay, Tad Mathes

 

A fight in the ring becomes a war in the streets

 

Jason is an aspiring karate student who is being taught by the karate master Oyama. He is frustrated by his masters lack of focus and that he does not push his students to the max. Jason starts to get into trouble on the streets and eventually ends up in jail. Oyama finally starts to get motivated to train his students again and they make a goal to enter the Karate Wars tournament where they will be able to win a big amount of money.

The lessons start to get better and Jason is starting to stay out of trouble more, but now the rivaling karate class is starting to take notice and when the tournament gets cancelled they end up settling their differences out in the streets, this time for honour instead of money.