Rocky Meets Bloodsport, With a Limited Talent Pool
MakerDave | McKinney, TX | 03/17/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Some quick stats for fans of martial arts films. Body count: 1, with 2 ambiguous. Nude scenes: 0. Best (only) death sequence: Neck snap. All spoken dialogue is English.
Whether you're a fan of plot or a fan of action in martial arts movies, this film will disappoint. The acting in the movie is amateurish, save for Yasuaki Kurata (plays Masahiro Kai), whose acting is respectable in a sea of obvious low-budget casting. The characters are, for the most part, poorly developed and forgettable.
The fight sequences are fakey at times, poorly choreographed, and rarely last longer than a few seconds. The only fight scenes of any respectable length are Simon Yam vs. Bolo Yeoung, and Yasuaki Kurata vs. Bolo Yeoung, otherwise known as student vs. bad guy, and master vs. bad guy.
The plot is a nothing complex or unique: Student dies in tournament, and master reenters the ring to avenge him. The master's comeback is a spitting image of Stallone's training and comeback in the Rocky series.
You may enjoy the many eigties culture aspects of the movie, such as a gang of punks including a slick haired, jean jacket clad, black shades-wearing leader.
Bottom line, there are many martial arts films to go through before you need to resort to watching films of this level. Any film that would stoop to recycling the plot of a Van Damme movie (Bloodsport) speaks for itself. While the movie is not totally without merit, you would get much better satisfaction from "The Young Master" or "Story of Ricky.""
JUST TO CLARIFY THIS, THIS COPIED BLOODSPORT AND NOT THE OTH
morgoth | omaha, NE | 03/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"IF SOMEONE SAID TO ME HEY I GOT A MOVIE WHERE YUSAIKA KURATU AND BOLO FIGHT EACHOTHER ON SCREEN, I WOULD KNOCK THEM DOWN, GRAB THE TAPE, AND RUN TO THE NEAREST VCR/DVD PLAYER, POP IT IN AND WATCH. ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH I WOULD FIND THAT PERSON AND BEAT THE LIVING SHI* OUT OF THEM AND LET THEM KNOW THAT HE WOULD HAVE ONLY GOT BEATEN UP ONCE IF THE MOVIE WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD.
BUT THIS IS HONESTLY THE WORST MOVIE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. I GOT THIS IN A DOUBLE PACK WITH CHINESE HERCULES, AND AFTER HAVING WATCHED THIS, I MIGHT GIVE IT A 3/5. BEFORE WATCHING THIS I WOULD HAVE TO DECIDE TO GIVE IT A 1 OR 2. IF THIS MOVIE TOOK MORE THAN 24 HOURS TO MAKE, THEN THEY TOOK WWWWWWWAAAAAYYY TOO LONG.
kURATU IS A TOP 5 ACTION STAR OF ALL-TIME FOR ME, BUT AFTER WATCHING THIS, I WOULDN'T BELIEVE ANYONE THAT HE WAS GOOD IN FIST OF LEGEND MADE ONLY LIKE 4-5 YEARS AFTER THIS IF I WOULD HAVE SEEN THIS FIRST.
SO IF YOU HAVE SEEN FIST OF LEGEND, THEN BUY THIS MOVIE SO YOU CAN NOW SEE THE WORST OF KURATU AFTER SEEING HIS BEST.
THIS DESERVES TO BE SEEN BY NO ONE."
You won't get many kicks out of this sad and depressing mart
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 11/06/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Bloodfight has to be the most depressing martial arts film I've ever seen. This thing throws on the sackcloth and rolls around in the ashes for a while. Sure, the dramatic events that unfold set the stage for an unlikely comeback by Kai against the younger and all but invincible Chong Lee (Bolo Yeung), but you're not going to come away from Bloodfight with a smile on your face. That's not to say there's no entertainment value to the film, though. Kai's recruitment of Ryu is laughably absurd, and a good bit of unintentional humor can easily be found in the movie's dialogue - which is filmed in bad English to begin with, thus saving Western distributors the chore of badly dubbing the film themselves.
Yasuaki Kurata plays Masahiro Kai, a former champion of the World Championship free-fighting tournament (which actually takes place in a dark and seedy gym on some back street in Hong Kong). A shadow of his former self, Kai runs a ridiculously poor excuse of a gym in hopes of finding a protégé who can follow in his fading footsteps. After his wife leaves him, he seems to get pretty desperate, recruiting a mean and undisciplined local hooligan as his student. I'm not sure how a white dude comes to lead a gang in Hong Kong, especially one as incredibly gay as this one, but the bigger mystery is why Kai would watch a gang of hoodlums terrorize an innocent young lady and then offer to train the guy responsible. Not surprisingly, this little mentor relationship doesn't work out very well - but it does lead him to another young prospect named Ryu Tenmei (Simon Yam). This young man has no desire to train and compete, and the very idea frightens his hot girlfriend to death. Of course, he does end up competing in the big tournament, and let's just say the experience ends pretty badly.
The big fight scene at the end isn't bad at all, but there's a whole lot of bad movie to wade through in order to get that far. By the midpoint of Bloodfight, I was thinking this was quite possibly the worst martial arts movie I had ever seen. The story had gone from boring to downright laughable, the film editor had seemingly thrown in bunches of short and insignificant scenes for apparently no reason, and all of the characters were pretty hard to like. The emotional intensity of the second half of the film definitely leaves an impression on the viewer, though. This isn't the kind of Saturday afternoon matinee film you pop in for ninety minutes of great fun watching crazy kung fu action. Unless you're a real martial arts fan junkie or a fan of Bolo Yeung, you and Bloodfight need never cross one another's paths."
I THINK THIS RIPPED OFF BLOODSPORT
MICHAEL TAYLOR | RICHMOND, VA USA | 07/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THOUGH THIS STEALS IDEAS FROM BLOODSPORT, THIS MOVIE SEEMS TO BE PRETTY GOOD ANYWAY. A TRAINER COMES BACK OUT OF RETIREMENT TO FIGHT A RUTHLESS FIGHTER [BOLO YEUNG] WHO KILLED A YOUNG FIGHTER HE TRAINED. THIS VIOLENT MARTIAL ARTS FEST HAS PLENTY OF GOOD FIGHT SCENES, BUT THE THING THAT SEEMS TO HURT THIS MOVIE IS ITS SHODDY FILMING. MARTIAL ARTS FANS SHOULD BE SATISFIED WITH THIS NONETHELESS."