Two naked bums, for the price of one...
Shopper | USA | 06/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both films are deeply steeped in the golden era of kung fu movies and have to be judged in that context.
Showdown in Little Tokyo is probably the funniest, unintentionally homoerotic action film ever made (though it maybe the only one in that category). Its two heroes (?), police officers played by Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee, make their bloody way thru LA's criminal element in a fashion that today would earn them multiple consecutive life sentences (or at least cost them their police pension...). However, somehow, inexplicably, they manage to stay under the radar: no police boss ever appears to order them to put the safety back on and explain why the coroner had to cancel her vacation. And so, while working feverishly to rid LA of the Yakuza, our heroes have time to save a damzel in distress, and utter some of the best one liners ever heard in an unintentionally homoerotic action film (I will NOT spoil your fun here; watch the film to find out what they are).
Bloodsport on the other hand is a bit slower in pace, but packs an equal dose of punches. It features the Little Belgian (no, not Poirot...the other one! Van Damme!). It should be seen, if only for Van Damme's gravity defying leg split, which instantly earns him the respect of every male viewer...In the film, Van Damme's character honors his master by taking place of his dead son in a secret tournament, and the women wear illegal amounts of Aquanet...
If you are still uncertain if this double pack is worth your investment, please consider this:
As a teenager in the 80's, I was peeved at Hollywood for objectifying women's bodies, while leaving their leading men fully clothed. However, after watching Lundgren's and Van Damme's frequent, enthusiastic and spectacular ...er... rear asset displays, I felt vindicated...If only for that, they both disserve an honorable place in the annals of moviedom! So, support their...ahem...art!?