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Release Date:
May 1981 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jillian Kesner ... Susanne Carter

Darby Hinton ... Chuck Donner
Rey Malonzo ... Rey (as Raymond King)
Ken Metcalfe ... Erik, The Arena's Boss
Pete Cooper ... Pete, San Francis Bar Owner (as Peter Cooper)
Don Gordon Bell ... Japanese Karate fighter (as Don Bell)
Carolyn Smith ... Bonny Carter
Chanda Romero ... Malow
Tony Ferrer ... Tony
Vic Diaz ... Grip
Omar Camar ... Aikido Fighter
Rubiah Suparman
Yasmin Yusuff
Malik Selamat (as Malik Salamat)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Cohen ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cirio H. Santiago 
Writing credits
Ken Metcalfe  story &
Cirio H. Santiago  story and
Ken Metcalfe  screenplay &
Cirio H. Santiago  screenplay

Allan Holzman (additional scenes)

Produced by
Syed Kechik .... producer
Ernesto C. Rojas .... associate producer (as Ernie Rojas)
Cirio H. Santiago .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nonong Buencamino 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Remias (director of photography)
Ben Lobo (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Gervacio Santos 
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
Production Management
Mark Allan .... production manager: additional scenes
Danilo M. Datu .... general manager
Aurelio R. Navarro .... production manager
Aurelio R. Navarro .... unit manager
Martin T. Sagarbarria .... production supervisor
Ed Santillan .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Mari Avellana .... associate director (as Jose Mari Avellana)
Sound Department
Vicente Dona .... field soundman (as Vicente Doña)
Ron Pohnel .... stunt coordinator (additional scenes)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Buenaflor .... cameraman: second unit
Don W. Jones .... cinematographer: additional scenes (as Don Jones)
Proceso Lázaro .... cameraman: second unit (as Proceso Lazaro)
Music Department
Paul Fox .... composer: additional music
Susan Justin .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Pete Abulencia .... production accountant
Pat Belsito .... production accountant (as Pat Benito)
Roland Castro .... finance officer
Lili G. Chee .... production accountant
Bert Dixon .... field cashier
Rachel M. Leuterio .... script girl
Leo Martinez .... dialogue coach (as Leo G. Martinez)
Mila Raymond .... assistant to the producer
Crew verified as complete

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Australia:R | Iceland:16 (cut) | Iceland:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/18 | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated
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Darby Hinton wasn't initially paid after the principal shooting of this movie in the Philippines was done. It wasn't until he came back to America and did a few additional scenes for the picture that he was finally paid for acting in it.See more »
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Naked beauty Kessner creates hardfisted adventure, a real firecracker, 6 June 2014
Author: videorama-759-859391 from adelaide, australia

I love this movie the first time I saw it back in 86, and I haven't changed my opinion of it, one iota. It's one of those selected movie pleasures, and lovers of kung fu flicks, whatever, will gets their entertainment's worth here. While snapping shots of an underground fight in Thailand, a young girl is snatched. Enter her older sister (Jillian Kessner) hot as hell, who can really kick arse, someone you don't underestimate, especially with personal issues as you'll see. She stumbles into this syndicate, wanting a bit of the fight action, while falling in love with badarse Hinton (yes the little boy from Daniel Boone) part of the syndicate, a supplier who runs the gambling, heroin, whatever rackets. Watching Kessner, nude, is almost a priveledge, a thankyou from God above, but watching her fight is something too, like when she takes on two rapists, or outwits a most deadly and venomous snake when cornered in a boxing ring, as some goons do an Q and A on her, from which they don't get much. The sex scene between Hinton and Kessner is erotic if involving a little rough play, where we're not really sure if Kessner has been leading him on the whole way, or really is in love with him. I'd go with the prior opinion, but leads him on she does well. Beautifully filmed, using some great sights around the Phillipines, some shots, stay memorably drawn in my mind, what we've got here is a chop suey, kick arse, extravaganza, different too from the prospect, the woman's doing it. I like that. Check the full on action kicking scene near the start of the movie, where she has a bit of help, those simulated SFX working to the cheap style of the film. A non stop action adventure treat.

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