Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Talons of the Eagle|
Actors: Jalal Merhi, Billy Blanks, James Hong, Priscilla Barnes, Qingfu Pan
Director: Michael Kennedy
Genres: Action & Adventure
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Anthony | 05/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the stupidest yet funniest movies i ever watched in my entire life. The acting, the music, and the comments (see example of my review title) are so bad that they end up being hilarious!! It's too bad this movie isn't out on DVD (I wonder why) because I would have bought it directly. If you're looking for a movie to watch with some friends and have a good time laughing, this movie is definitly one of the best, and it's price is very affordable :D
Two thumbs up!"
A really cheesy movie!!!!!
krisa | Stratford, ON, Canada | 04/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie on some many levels, the badness, the cheesiness, the bad acting, the horrible script, even the cover is stupid. I couldn`t believe what I was watching the first time I saw it. It was beyond bad. It`s something you have to see to believe."
Nothing a swift kick to the head can't cure
Master Killer | Island of Misfit Toys, USA | 03/05/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This Canadian produced martial arts flick from the early 1990's is a fine example of everything both right and wrong with the DTV flicks of this era, in this case we have a movie with a plot so dumb, it defies discription. So let me try, bare with me, their's something about the DEA and Canadian authorities joining forces, in the form of two "loose cannons" played by Billy Blanks and Jalal Merhi, to bring down a crime kingpin (the always dependable James Hong). They train under a kung fu master, to learn the eagle claw technique, so that they can infeltrate Hong's gang via a martial arts tournament he holds, I guess this is the only way (!). Things go well, so well they save Hong's life from a would-be assassin and are let go from the tournament, I guess, since they never go back. Kinda a forgotten subplot there, anyway. So, now they are Hong's bodyguards, but his right hand man (big dumb looking Matthias Hues) dosen't trust them, and in no time their cover is blown, and I mean that, I don't think much procation was made to protect their cover. So, nothing left to do, but everybody was....
So, of course this fuzzy, sometimes funny storyline is by no means the attraction of this flick, though it ends with a halirously bad title theme power ballad. The strength is in the movie's virtually non stop martial arts violence, I mean action. Lots of fists and feet fly among the bad dialoguge and worst acting. In many ways this, and others of it's kind, are like porn flicks with the fact that the plot exists simply to moves us into another fight sequence. Now that's kinda fun, but there is little else here. And while Blanks is a first rate martial artist, as are some of the other "actors" in the film (Matthias Hues, Pan Qing Fu), there acting is also on the level of porn, and by no means do I mean to leave out Jalal Merhi. Merhi is sometimes reffered to as the Lebanes Steven Seagal, a term I'm sure Merhi coined himself, he comes from a family of wealthy Lebanese jewel merchants who relocated to Canada and help finance his earliest film efforts, but it's only a ponytail and a few kicks that are a reminder of the American Aikodo master, when it comes to acting, Merhi makes Seagal look like De Niro.
So there you have it, my review should be as disjointed and confused as the movie it is about. This is the kind of movie you should know wheather you wanted to see it or not anyway, nothing I can do to change that, nore would I want to. For those of us addicted to the fist foot way, there's nothing a swift kick to the head can't change."
Overlooked Martial Arts Flick that Deserves Better.
The Whatever Dude | houston, tx United States | 01/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Talons of the Eagle stars Billy Blanks (Back in Action) as martial arts champ Tyler Wilson. After three DEA agents are killed by crime boss Mr. Li (James Hong, Shadowzone), Tyler is sent on assignment to Toronto, where he teams up with vice detective Michael Reeds (Jalal Merhi, Tiger Claws). The two decide to enter a martial arts tournament to impress Li, but first decide to train at the academy belonging to Master Pan Qing Fu (Playing Himself), who has an experience of his own with Mr. Li. The two also learn about the eagle claw technique, hence the film's title. After saving Mr. Li's life from a rival crime boss during the tournament, Wilson and Reeds are given an opportunity to join Li's line of work, which they accept. At Li's casino, Wilson and Reeds meet up with fellow undercover agent Cassandra Hubbard (Priscilla Barnes, Traxx) who has already found info on Li's gambling and drug operations. The three agents eventually find the evidence they need, but will have to escape Li, alive.
As cheesy and somewhat low budget as the film is, I found it to be quite fun. I especially became fond of the performances of James Hong and Billy Blanks, and the film has some good lines too. "You look like your picture." "I'm sorry to hear that." The fight sequences were cool too.
Also Recommended: Tiger Claws, Back in Action, Expect No Mercy, and Tc 2000.
DVD EXTRAS: The DVD is presented in a decent full frame presentation that is probably the same as the old VHS, if not somewhat better. The DVD is also out of print, so if you find it, especially if it's around $5-$10, get it."