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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:
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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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Lobotomy without surgery, 21 August 2005
Author: necrophilissimo from Finland

Ever wanted a lobotomy but are either afraid of surgery or you just haven't been able to prove your psychiatrist that you need one? Well, no problem, just try to find this "Firecracker" or "Naked Fist" on video (or DVD if someone's been crazy enough to release one).

I love martial arts films, really do. Chackie Chan and Bruce Lee are quite common in my DVD collection and I always try to look for other genre classics. Having such a cult status, "Naked Fist" got me excited, even though the bare title made me worry - Naked Fist sounded awful lot like a porn film. And when the film started, I was STILL afraid it was a porn film. The looks, the acting skills; Pure exploitation quality. And actually the script is VERY close to porn films, too; Actors drop a few lines of dialog, then comes the action sequence. After that they switch the scene, drop a few lines of dialog and start another action sequence. This pattern is repeated all the way to the end. That wouldn't be bad for cult film, though, if the plot was any good or had any reasonable sense. Poor cutting makes things worse, as I honestly had no darn clue what the heck they were fighting for this time. Just insane hustle. The choreography wasn't near great, either.

First I feared it was a porn film. After an hour of it I started to hope it WAS a porn film.

After all this, you possibly wonder why I gave it TWO points. The only thing I enjoyed was Nonong Buencamino's insane retro-trip soundtrack; The score was just like from Commodore 64 era video game classics, like "International Karate +". Sadly the score gets constantly overrun by horrible punch noises - or noise, they seem to use same sample for every 200+ punches in the flick.

But hey; If you STILL want a lobotomy, have go!

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