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Fighting Spirit (1992)

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Billy is a young fighter whose sister Judith was hurt after a near gang rape. When he learns she must have surgery, crime boss Russell has Billy compete in illegal street fights. When Billy... See full summary »

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Billy is a young fighter whose sister Judith was hurt after a near gang rape. When he learns she must have surgery, crime boss Russell has Billy compete in illegal street fights. When Billy learns he may get killed, he quits but is later killed by Russell and his men, who were the ones responsible for Judith's accident. After his death, Billy must rely on one man to seek revenge for him: his best friend David. However, David must train in the martial arts before he can seek revenge. David seeks guidance from the ghost of Billy as well as Billy's trainer and ally, Murphy. Written by Ninja01

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Great fights, sub-par acting
30 March 2010 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

David Carster (Loren Avedon) tangles with bad guy Russell (Ned Hourani) and his brother Tony (Greg Douglass) after they kill his best friend Billy (Sean Donahue). Why did they kill Bill? Well, he was an awesome martial artist and they conned him into doing underground fights to pay for his sister's medical bills (from an attack that Russell orchestrated in the first place). Billy finds out the truth and gets angry, naturally, they kill him. But they don't count on Billy's ghost contacting David and telling to him to get revenge. Really!

Alright, a quick history lesson - KING OF THE KICKBOXERS starred Loren Avedon and Billy Blanks. Avedon went on to make this as FIGHTING SPIRIT, which was later renamed KING OF THE KICKBOXERS 2 to cash in on the success of the first film even though this one is unrelated. The director of KOTK made a film called American SHAOLIN. When that hit video, it was called American SHAOLIN: KING OF THE KICKBOXERS 2 to cash in on the success of the first film even though it too is also unrelated. So there are two films called KING OF THE KICKBOXERS 2 and they are both not sequels to the first film. Confused?

So this one is a pure laugh riot. I mean, I was watching it and you would have thought I was taking in a comedy. It reminded me a bit of NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER with the ghost angle. The acting is very stilted and the dubbing offers some great bits. But like all the other films in the KING OF THE KICKBOXERS world, the fights are well done. Avedon was an accomplished martial artist who always delivered. And having one of the awesome Donahue family members in there is great, even if his screen time is only for 30 minutes. Hourani, who is Arab looking and tall, was a staple in the Philippines action market at the time. Casting the pale, stout Douglass as his brother is funny in itself. Given the location shooting, I also got a good laugh when a cop says he is from the LAPD.


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