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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 »

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Rick Bennett

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

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

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby

Color:

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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.


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