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Tattoo Connection
Tattoo Connection
Actors: Jim Kelly, Sing Chen, Tao-liang Tan, Nami Misaki, Norman Wingrove
Director: Tso Nam Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 27min


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Actors: Jim Kelly, Sing Chen, Tao-liang Tan, Nami Misaki, Norman Wingrove
Director: Tso Nam Lee
Creators: Ching-Chu Chen, H. Wong, Hsin-Yi Chang, Pai Sheng Lu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: World Northal
Format: DVD - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

(4 out of 5 stars)

"This typical Hong Kong 1970's kung fu flick has now been re-released as BLACK BELT JONES 2, although originally released as THE TATTOO CONNECTION.Obviously the distributers have called it BBJ2 to tie in with the popularity of the original movie.This movie is no BBJ but it's quite entertaining if you are a Kelly fan.The film is let down by a scene where a rather choppy fight scene goes horribly wrong,the illusion is ruined and the fight looks fake.What's more, Jim Kelly is hardly in this movie and looks a bit of a fool surrounded by all those unknown Chinese actors."
TYPICAL 1970'S........ CHOP SOCKY!!
The Critic | Windsor | 07/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pathfinder Pictures? Never heard of them. While I'm pleased this movie was released on DVD, I am very disappointed with the overall picture and sound quality. This is one of the worst video transfers I have ever seen and the sound is not far behind. Obviously no money went into restoring this movie for its release on DVD and that's too bad for Jim Kelly fans. Make no mistake; this movie has nothing to do with the martial art's classic Black Belt Jones. Jim Kelly had a supporting role in "Enter the Dragon" and he didn't really get a chance to show us what he could do with his ability. In "The Tattoo Connection" he is the man, but once again this movie doesn't really showcase his martial arts talent either. I struggled to give this movie a 3 star rating but hey it's Jim Kelly. This is a typical 1970's chop socky movie that could have been much better. For martial arts and Kelly fans the fight scene between Kelly and Bolo Yeung is still exciting to watch. The Tattoo Connection is still an entertaining movie, but I definitely think the price is too much considering the poor picture and sound quality from Pathfinder.

On the DVD
Interactive menus
Scene access
Audio commentary by cinema critics Luke Y. Thompson and Gregory Weinkauf
Still gallery
Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese
On/off subtitles
The Tattoo Connection for Kelly fans!
Tim Glover | Los Angeles, CA United States | 05/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This film is for die hard Jim Kelly fans! "The Tattoo Connection" (TTC) is promoted as "Black Belt Jones 2" although it has no connection with the original Kelly classic. The producers of this title probably used the tie in to entice the casual fan to check this DVD out based on the popularity of "Black Belt Jones." The plot is sketchy as Kelly's secret agent character Lucas is given the assignment of retrieving a stolen diamond some where in Asia. The film never really gathers up enough steam to be considered as a top rate martial arts offering. However, TTC is at its best when Kelly is on the screen (as the star Kelly is notoriously absent during several rather long sequences) chopping up guys and laying down that ultra smooth soul brother rap. The highlight of the film occurs during the climatic fight on a ship were Kelly goes toe to toe with fellow "Enter the Dragon" alumni Bolo Yeung in a fight to the death. Kelly is fit and in fine form through out TTC. It's a shame that he wasn't given more to do in this effort it might have raised the over all quality of the film."
That's not jim kelly's voice!
hungriot | Olympia, WA United States | 05/17/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"after seeing jim kelly in 'black belt jones' i was looking forward to seeing this. this ended up being one of the worst movies i've ever seen. if you're bored, try counting all the cheesy zooms (after the first starts getting tedious.) the music is appropriately bad and the sound effects during the fight sequences seem to keep time like a metronome. all the voices are dubbed and you'll probably ask yourself why you're still watching. good for a laugh with a bunch of friends over."