Eventually he and a friend moved from Kentucky to Los Angeles and five months later, he was cast at the last minute! Jason is an avid admirer of Bruce Lee, but has suffered countless defeats. James Dubs is a father and husband who loves his family first and movies a close second. If is going to show off his martial arts skills, R. Nevertheless, I don't recommend watching this movie with headphones in a public place, because people will definitely stop and stare at you rolling with laughter. At his lowest emotional ebb Jason is visited by Bruce Lee s spirit Kim Tai Chong, Game of Death offering to teach him all his closely guarded secrets. He's constantly shoveling cake and burgers down his mouth and smearing condiments all over his face as he does it.
Now, I realize he was more of a comic relief. Leading man Kurt McKinney shows up for a seventeen minute on-camera interview that starts off with him talking about how he got into martial arts as a kid and then eventually how he did some modelling and then some acting in commercials. Comically the international version excludes this scene all together so you never meet Kelly prior to the birthday fight and are left wondering who the hell she is or why Dean seems intent on kicking the crap out of Jason. Before you know it, the Stillwell's have packed up their station wagon and moved to Seattle and Tom is making a meager living slinging pints of Miller High Life to degenerates. But all of this aside, the film offers enough small variances to these familiar plot devices to give this effort a shot at standing apart from its more popular predecessors. Had I gone with my neighbor, this is what it might have looked like probably better had we gone opening weekend.
But then he mixes in some weird Hong Kong cinema style comedy tropes with Scott. Cut 84:01 and the International Cut 98:55 , which delivers essentially the same story, but uses different music. One of my classmates, Peter and his younger brother Johnny , had discovered it at our local video store and they told me that it was about a kid that learned Karate from the ghost of Bruce Lee. It can be just as important to document that for posterity, although I would take a Criterion style restoration if someone wanted to do it. Jason, however, has made fast friends with R. Jason s training is quickly put to its ultimate test when a crime syndicate threatens to take over Seattle as the fate of Jason s karate school hangs in the balance. Follow James Dubs on Twitter and send him suggestions on movies you would like reviewed - popular, obscure, independent, etc.
Although my eight-year-old self might not have been ready for Hong Kong style action at that age. I loved the final battle and the music was awesome, all of that music is missing from the international cut, added footage is stupid, like the really overly homosexual lifts he's doing with his buddy sitting on his crotch, lol. Did I mention the ghost of Bruce Lee? His first major role, No Retreat, No Surrender was released in 1986 but actually shot some time earlier. Daniel got bullied once, then trained for a big tournament. The caricatures are magnificently Hong Kong too like the fat bully dribbling food down his face and the rapping breakdancing black friend. The cast is almost exclusively made up of non-actors with strong martial arts skills, and it shows. As to the rest of the cast? The international cut includes several scenes that add a little depth to some of the characters and story arcs, but also omits critical scenes that introduce important characters.
This review will contain some minor spoilers. If Kino Lorber sees fit to give the sequels the blu-ray treatment, based on the simple joys and fun I experienced with the original, I may have to give them a spin. He handles the martial arts action and fight choreography like the pro that he is, delivering some seriously hot fight scenes and a whole lot of hand to hand carnage. The extended version slows the story down and adds a few lame sequences and the cut scenes in the end fight just take away from the flow of the fighting for me. At worst you have lead Kurt McKinney, whose acting skill never exceeds the level of high school theater department. From here the film falls into very familiar The Karate Kid territory.
You're damn right this one comes recommended. I have not seen this new blu ray yet but. Apparently, Bruce is quite bitter about his death, despises the afterlife, and therefore takes out his frustrations on witless teenagers. With a renewed confidence in himself and his abilities, Jason patches things up with his girlfriend, makes amends with dad, and even prepares to reassert himself back among the karate community. I don't think that there was an American dvd release, or there was and it was a fullscreen release, which I would have stayed away from. Sneak peek: it involves Cambodian pirates.
Well, Kurt McKinney is decent here, he never embarrasses himself and he too handles himself impressively well in the action set pieces. Regardless of the validity of this statement, it is apparent that the people involved in the film are passionate about martial arts and the action sequences are strong and reinforce this love of the discipline and spiritual development. There will also be an interview with with star Kurt McKenny. Find It At: Chances are you looked at the poster art for — reproduced here on the Blu-ray cover — for a grand total of five seconds before you knew whether or not the film was for you. Note that this release contains the original U.
The disc includes two cuts of the film — the U. There are some neat locations here though, like the two dojos that are featured in the movie, the kooky dance bar that R. Since Amazon basically sells everything. This is where the film excels. Where the studio chose to spoil fans instead is in its extra features.
This release includes both the international cut and U. The track is quiet for long stretches, but he does provide many interesting nuggets of behind-the-scenes trivia. His impression of Van Damme warning him not to do the sequel is classic. Every kick, punch, block, attack is very rhythmic in nature and gives the film an air of Hong Kong style blended with American cinema. Not only does he know where Bruce Lee is buried but he knows all the best abandoned houses as well. After Tom refuses, a fight ensues and Van Damme takes care of business.