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Tigershark (1987)

A martial arts instructor sets out to rescue his girlfriend who is being held for ransom by a South American warlord.


Emmett Alston


Ivan Rogers (screenplay), Mike Stone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Stone ... Tava Parker
John Quade ... 'Cowboy' Dave Reynolds
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Karen
Vic Silayan Vic Silayan ... Colonel Barro
Roy Alvarez ... Tony
Roland Dantes Roland Dantes ... Ponsok
Jaime Fabregas ... Vladimir
Lana Lee Jones Lana Lee Jones ... Jan Carter
Rosemarie Gil ... Madame Claude
Kasey Antonio Kasey Antonio ... Aloha
Jerry Beyer Jerry Beyer ... Sonny (as Jerry Bailey)
Eva Winnercrans Eva Winnercrans ... Sherry
Jimmy Luspo Jimmy Luspo ... Reynaldo
Taina Manigque Taina Manigque ... Lolita
Zsa-Mae Garcia Zsa-Mae Garcia ... Aloha as Girl


A martial arts instructor sets out to rescue his girlfriend who is being held for ransom by a South American warlord.

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USA | Philippines



Release Date:

9 February 1989 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Kommando Tigershark See more »

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1.85 : 1
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UK video cut by 37s for an '18' rating. See more »


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"In 'Nam we called him Tigershark, because he stalked like a tiger and attacked like a shark."
17 October 2016 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

Sensei Tava Parker (Mike Stone, American Ninja 2) is having a relaxing life teaching karate to kids in a Hawaii karate school, since the Vietnam war ended. He has a model girlfriend, Karen (Pamela Bryant, Don't Answer the Phone) who is kidnapped while doing a photo shoot in Sudan. Tava's old 'Nam pal Cowboy (John Quade, Every which way but loose) see's the kidnapping and calls Tava. Tava flies over from Hawaii determined to rescue his girl and make the kidnappers pay.The action is a little light on for the first half hour but some of the lines delivered by Cowboy are so funny that you are distracted enough anyway. The second half picks up and there is quite a bit of action with huts exploding, missiles firing, and some good martial arts from Mike Stone. Mike Stone is pretty good here and i'm surprised he didn't do more movies of this type. Definitely a solid piece of 80's Jungle action that is worth hunting down. Tigershark currently has a very low score and i think it is unfairly awarded. It's a movie called Tigershark, what are these people thinking? Look at the poster! This isn't going to be Casablanca folks! Overall a decent action film that is worth a watch.

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