Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Rage of Honor|
Actors: Sho Kosugi, Lewis Van Bergen, Robin Evans, Gerry Gibson, Charles Lucia
Director: Gordon Hessler
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Martial arts legend Sho Kosugi is a one-man army out to crush anyone who crosses his path in this action-packed adventure. Showcasing Kosugi's skill, cunning and strength in one spectacular fight after another, Rage of Hon... more »
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is quite possibly the best movie ever made. Right from the start when he sticks his gun up that one guys butt to the end when he's jumping over cars, the action never stops. Sho Kosugi has one of the most expressive faces I've ever seen, from anger to fear to sadness he is able to portray any emotion. I'm deducting one star from this movie because of the scene when he throws the plastic toy wheel at the man in the truck like a throwing star it hit him slightly lower in the neck than I would have liked but overall this is an outstanding movie and I recomend it to anyone in the mood for action. ps Ray was on to something"
Sho Kosugi's post Cannon career was a horrible misfire!
BayAreaSav | Northern California | 10/19/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Shame on MGM for putting this terrible movie out on DVD and not NINJA III THE DOMINATION. This is a perfect example when sometimes a bigger budget cannot save a film that can be mishandled by a production team with no vision or talent. After watching PRAY FOR DEATH(1985) and RAGE OF HONOR(1987) in 2009, it's obvious that Trans World Entertainment was more interested in capitalizing on the 80's ninja craze and the results were disastrous. It's sad because if Sho Kosugi's martial arts talent were better utilized, he should have continued the streak of entertaining ninja action movies after his time with Cannon films. I'll just give a brief overview of what went wrong with the film at hand and some minor problems with the DVD itself.
MGM decided to be cheap and release the DVD full screen which cropped out a lot of the action on the sides. This was a mistake because the Cannon movies were shot open-matte so full screen is perfectly fine for those DVD's but Trans World obviously shot Widescreen. Second problem, the soundtrack was not mixed correctly. When I play this DVD on my surround sound, the background music sounds muffled and I can barely hear it. When I play it on my TV/DVD player with no speakers, all the sound is in sync. There are no special features but a lifeless theatrical trailer is included. Normally, the trailers are the most deceiving aspect of marketing a movie and they couldn't even edit the best scenes together to make a fun trailer. MGM had the nerve to put a ninja on the front sleeve and Sho Kosugi doesn't even put on the costume in this one.
Simply put, RAGE OF HONOR is bland and generic late 80's action dreck! No, this does not pass as "It's so bad, it's good" because the production values are glossy, Hollywood-esque. All of the actors gave stoic performances with wooden dialog for them to work with. Nobody seem to care that they were doing a movie with a martial arts legend and looked like they were there for the paycheck. The main villain is far from menacing and Sho Kosugi struggling with the english language makes for an embarassing hero. Everything is thrown in to entertain the audience, explosions, ninjas, shoot-outs, ninja weapons, helicopters and wild stunts still turns out to be dull affair because of poor direction. The background music is lame and doesn't do anything to light up the action sequences. There's even a misplaced cheesy 80's RnB/pop song during the opening and end credits. The cameraman looks bored and it's nothing more than point and shoot. I'll only give one star for the fact that Sho Kosugi finally gets to have a white girlfriend! A rarity even in this day and age where Asian men never get the white girl in American movies. This was Sho Kosugi's last star vehicle project when he was in his prime and unfortunately I would still say avoid at all costs.
Not as good as I thought
R. J. Sinko | New York | 09/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Based on other Sho Kosugi movies, I ordered this movie thinking I would see Sho in the ninja costume, doing martial arts, with the traditonal ninja weapons. I'm actually disappointed. Don't judge a book....err, movie by it's cover. Lame action movie, no real ninja stuff......and this is coming from a Sho Kosugi fan.
Stick to Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III ( if you can find it )."
Excellent Martial Art Action flick
V. Jankovic | NS, Serbia | 06/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sho Kosugi again proves why he is one of the best martial artist that made excellent movies in the 80ies. Don't get mistaken by the movie front cover. This is not a ninja film. This movie is a part of the famous saga when Sho Kosugi was playing a ninja but in this film he doesn't. This movie has a great story and great action with a lot of fighting versus various kind of bad guys including ninjas. Sho Kosugi is a pleasure to watch. He is very fast and precisive. Kills instantly. This is perhaps the best Sho Kosugi movie I've ever seen along with Pray for Death."