FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top ... See full summary »
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Don Wilson plays retired kickboxer Jake Raye, who travels to Manila, where his brother is favored to win a kickboxing competition. His brother is killed, and Jake realizes he must enter the... See full summary »
Terence H. Winkless
Don 'The Dragon' Wilson,
Joe Mari Avellana,
A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money. Then when one of his students is gunned ... See full summary »
Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big ... See full summary »
This movie is suppose to be a sequel to the movie which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only now the movie revolves around the brother of the character that Van Damme played. David Sloan is ... See full summary »
An elite Federal force whose objective is to eliminate organized crime is violently assassinated by an evil Asian crime lord. The sole survivor of the group teams up with his late partner's... See full summary »
The police does not know what to do. They have to deal with a serial killer who aims at martial arts masters. One after another is killed in the same brutal way. This may be a chance for ... See full summary »
Kahn is a heavy weight kick-box champion, who often kills his opponents in front of the running camera, to sell it on video tape. Jake had to witness once how his brother was killed by him, and now has come for revenge. But first he has to improve his fighting skills; he asks Phang, the only person in the whole world who ever had Khan down on his back, to train him until he is a match for him. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Loren Avedon stars as Jake Donahue, a kung fu cop who is sent by interpol to take down a group of snuff filmmakers and get revenge for his brother's death, who was also killed by the snuff film star. King Of The Kickboxers is a tough film to review, on a lot of levels it's utterly dreadful but the fights are so utterly spectacular that one tends to give the benefit of the doubt and enjoy the film as a great martial arts film. Loren Avedon has some great moves and thankfully never takes the movie too seriously, and despite his cocky bravado manages to come off as sort of likable. Billy Blanks is also a great villain, and both Richard Jaeckel and Don Stroud provide credibility to a silly plot. As it goes, King Of The Kickboxers works in the same way a cheap Bruce Li film works except the fights are on par with Jackie Chan's 80s work and here goes why I recommend the movie in spite of good taste. Then again, if we can't appreciate trash what can we enjoy?
* * * out of 4-(Good)
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