7 user 8 critic

Balance of Power (1996)

R | | Action | 25 March 1997 (USA)
A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money. Then when one of his students is gunned ... See full summary »


Rick Bennett


Phillip M. Good, Otto C. Pozzo (as Otto Pozzo) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Federal Service Agent Justin Vanier has been assigned to infiltrate the mysterious Virtual Arts Academy in search of Eric, a fellow agent. In this high-tech facility, the maniacal leader ... See full summary »

Director: Zale Dalen
Stars: Billy Blanks, Jalal Merhi, Wolf Larson
TC 2000 (1993)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Somewhere in the future the environmental overkill had come. Many people had died. The rich were able to build the underworld, the poor had to stay on the surface building gangs to survive.... See full summary »

Director: T.J. Scott
Stars: Billy Blanks, Bolo Yeung, Jalal Merhi
Showdown I (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

Director: Robert Radler
Stars: Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, Christine Taylor
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

After 3 DEA agents are killed by Mr. Li, martial arts champion Tyler Wilson is sent on assignment to Toronto and teams up with Michael Reeds. Wilson and Reeds enter a martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kennedy
Stars: Jalal Merhi, Billy Blanks, James Hong
Action | Crime | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother's death in this martial arts film.

Director: Lucas Lowe
Stars: Loren Avedon, Richard Jaeckel, Don Stroud
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The sister of a former U.S. Green Beret, is involved in a love affair with a mobster, endangering seriously her life. His brother will make his best efforts to save her from her boyfriend ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve DiMarco, Paul Ziller
Stars: Billy Blanks, Roddy Piper, Bobbie Phillips
Tough and Deadly (Video 1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Cohen
Stars: Billy Blanks, Roddy Piper, Richard Norton
Invincible (1992)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fire is betrayed by his triad bosses after carrying out a hit for them and ends up in prison.

Director: Blackie Shou Liang Ko
Stars: Dave Wang, Man Cheung, Danny Lee
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Franco Nero, Susan George, Shô Kosugi
Bloodfist (1989)
Action | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Don Wilson plays retired kickboxer Jake Raye, who travels to Manila, where his brother is favored to win a kickboxing competition. His brother is killed, and Jake realizes he must enter the... See full summary »

Director: Terence H. Winkless
Stars: Don Wilson, Joe Mari Avellana, Rob Kaman
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

When a scientists daughter is kidnapped, American Ninja (David Bradley), attempts to find her, but this time he teams up with a youngster he has trained in the ways of the ninja.

Director: Bob Bralver
Stars: David Bradley, Lee Reyes, Anne Dupont
Timebomb (1991)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When someone tries to murder watchmaker Eddy Kay, the incident triggers a barrage of nightmares and flashbacks into a past that isn't his own. Fearing for his sanity, Eddy contacts ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher
Stars: Michael Biehn, Patsy Kensit, Tracy Scoggins


Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Blanks ... Niko
Mako ... Todo Matsumoto
Lisa Jai Lisa Jai ... Jasmine Matsumoto (as Lisa Boynton)
Denis Akiyama ... Hastishita
James Lew ... Shinji Takamura
Adrian Hough ... Slater
Lawrence Nakamura Lawrence Nakamura ... Monk #1
Peter Schindelhauer ... Monk #2
Adam Bonneau Adam Bonneau ... Billy Scott
Simon Kim Simon Kim ... Tabata
Christopher Lee Clements Christopher Lee Clements ... Bodyguard #1 (as Christopher Clements)
Phil Chiu Phil Chiu ... Bodyguard #2
Scott Hogarth Scott Hogarth ... Swordsman #1
Dave Geneau Dave Geneau ... Swordsman #2
Sasha St. George Sasha St. George ... Leo


A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money. Then when one of his students is gunned down in the street by the gang, he swears revenge. Meanwhile the gang leader is setting up a death match between the best fighters and is forcing a former trainer to find a new champion by threatening his granddaughter. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »



Canada | USA



Release Date:

25 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bosszú ökle See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The title was changed to "Hidden Tiger" for the 2002 DVD UK realease to capitalise on the success of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Bad Action, Worse Plot
26 August 2002 | by goldyjhuSee all my reviews

This can only be considered a horrible movie. Somewhere someone decided that they would use the basic plot of Bloodsport, put a well-known martial arts guy in it (Billy Blanks), and excrete it out onto VHS for others to accidently waste their time watching.

The idea is that Billy Banks (Neiko) enters an underground fighting tournament that wealthy drug lords wager on. The final match of the tournament is to the death, and it is perfectly legal to kill any competitor if you get the chance. Neiko enters the tournament to both avenge a fallen student from his dojo and to rid the city of the evil drug lord.

There are several horrible things about the movie. The student Billy is trying to avenge is shot like it is some planned event. Yet the kid is shot on a random corner, with Billy watching. How would they ever know the kid was there? Why not just have the kid get shot coming out of the dojo? These are the types of questions you ask yourself early and often during the thankfully short 92 minutes of the film.

In the requiste cookie-cutter training sequence. Billy learns and trains in a remarkably short amount of time. Going from fighting with his anger to total monk like concentration in ..... 1 DAY. The other training is given a unmeasured amount of time and involves running on the beach and breaking wood. Things that you think a guy running a dojo and as ripped as Billy Banks was to start with could have already done easily.

The acting is all-around shameful. The characters are sterotypical to the point of being almost racist. The worst part though is that the action sucks. I would equate the action sequences to first season Original Star-Trek action. Everything is very slow, with the standard "I hit you, you hit me" flow to every fight. I thought the flying jump kick, while the other guy stands there had been removed from modern action flicks, but it returns yet again....

The most redeeming feature of the movie is that it might be so bad that it entertains you. The lines so corny you laugh, and plot holes so big they make you grin. This is the ONLY reason to watch this movie.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed