Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Warrior Of Justice|
Actors: Jorgo Ognenovski, Richard Lynch
Director: Mike Tristano
Genres: Action & Adventure
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/30/2012...
This is one of those crazy martial arts movies that is so bad...It's just realllllly bad! A marial arts fighter of questionable quality (Jorgo Ogenovski) is dug up out of the martial arts mire so the producers of this rubbish can try to make a superstar out of him to cash in on the 90's Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme craze. And, to try to make it seem more legit, they stick villain extrordinaire Richard Lynch in it to try to give it some legitimacy. Sorry, no helping this crap-fest! There's a dumb plot in there about crooks using martial arts guys as organ donor slaves. Can you say Coma anyone? Ok, then watch it instead! Richard tries his hand at battling the boring hero and trying to add some of his cheesy overacting to try to save the picture by chewing the scenery...but it can't save this schlock-fest. Take this one off of the life-support, people. There's nothing worth saving.
Created for the deaf and insane
dominion_ruler | Carolina, USA | 08/07/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Warning: turn your speakers down before playing.
I am surprised my expensive speaker system did not bust when I began playing this film. I had it set at normal levels for typical dvd audio, but I quickly had to turn it way down with this film. If thats not bad enough, the audio experience can easily ruin this film (not that anything else about it was great). The mixing levels are poor, and each scene sounds different in the film - with either too much reverb or just way too much reverb. As for picture quality, a vhs looks high def in comparison to this.
If you can get past the technical difficulties, it might be difficult to get past the movie itself. Acting is pathetic. Characters are either wooden or lame. The action is limited, and the fight scenes look weak. Camera editing makes it look even worse. The love scenes are so cheesy, every man may wish he were a virgin again. I hope this film was created in the ealy 90's, cause it feels like the 80's half the time.
As for the story, there is a bit of originality, though most of this plot is overdone. A man named Verdugo owns a private club where gladiator fighting is the focus. Instead of fighters being brutally murdered in front of the guests, they are carefully killed, to preserve their organs for selling later on. An original idea that I wish was explored more, but was given little screen time as the focus was on the main character taking forever to find this mysterious club and get revenge for the murder of one of his students. They have a final swordfight in the film that is the fakest looking I have ever seen. Lots of editing is used to try to make it look better - and it fails to do so.
There are a few decent B-movie guys in this film that have appeared in much better martial arts films and given much better performances, such as Ian Jacklin (Kickboxer 3, Death Match) and Nicholas Hill (Bloodsport 2, Fists of Iron). Richard Lynch plays the wise karate master, but I could never see him fitting the role very well. As for our lead played by Jorgo Ognenovski, he might as well have been made of wood.
I won't be watching this again anytime soon, if ever. Save your money, save your time and save your sanity."
The worst martial arts film I've ever seen
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 07/02/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Thrilling fight scenes, renowned displays of martial arts skills, a poignant love story, top-notched acting skills on full display - you'll find none of those things here. No, Warrior of Justice, aka Invitation to Die, aka The Steel Ring (a strange title, given that the ring in this film has nothing at all around it) is the worst martial arts film I've ever seen in my life. The fighting is bad, the acting is bad, the love story is just annoying (and bad) - this film pretty much fails on every level imaginable.
Warrior of Justice stars Jorgo Ognenovski as George, a karate instructor who ends up facing off with an old enemy after one of his students goes missing under mysterious circumstances. What you have is this dude named Verdugo (Jorge Rivero) recruiting young martial arts champions for his private fight club (which draws small crowds featuring a number of the area's leading officials and politicians (even a U.S. Senator). Verdugo's guys never lose, nor do they harm any of their victims' internal organs as they are killing them. That's important because Verdugo is harvesting the organs from the young victims and selling them on the black market. George eventually finds out that Verdugo is behind his student's disappearance, and he sets out to finish what he started years before when he thought he killed the sadistic freak. George's cop girlfriend pleads with him to let the police handle everything, but the poor dope is determined to take matters into his own hands - if and when he can find the slimeball.
Naturally, George shows up in the middle of a gladiator battle and challenges Verdugo to a fight to the death. Thus begins the worst martial arts confrontation I've seen since - well, since the film's previous fight scene. All of the moves are awkward and contrived, and the big sword fight at the end is nothing short of laughable. I'm no expert, but I don't think either one of these guys ever even held a sword before the day the scene was filmed. As bad as the fight scenes are, the acting is even worse. Ognenovski has about as much presence and charisma as a lump of coal, the bad guys - when they show any signs of life whatsoever - overplay their parts to the point of foolishness, and the somewhat racy love scenes wouldn't excite an eighteen-year-old who had just swallowed a whole bottle of Viagra. While I'm at it, let me also add that the music is awful and the cinematography is as bland as oatmeal.
Ognenovski apparently wrote and directed this bomb, so all the blame pretty much goes to him. I feel guilty even describing this as a martial arts film because the martial arts on display here are pretty much pathetic."