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A martial arts expert who runs a dojo for under-privileged kids from a dilapidated warehouse is shaken down by gangsters demanding protection money... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Blanks ... Niko

Mako ... Todo Matsumoto
Lisa Jai ... Jasmine Matsumoto (as Lisa Boynton)
Denis Akiyama ... Hastishita

James Lew ... Shinji Takamura

Adrian Hough ... Slater
Lawrence Nakamura ... Monk #1

Peter Schindelhauer ... Monk #2
Adam Bonneau ... Billy Scott
Simon Kim ... Tabata

Christopher Lee Clements ... Bodyguard #1 (as Christopher Clements)
Phil Chiu ... Bodyguard #2
Scott Hogarth ... Swordsman #1
Dave Geneau ... Swordsman #2
Sasha St. George ... Leo
Sam Bennett ... Little Joe

John Liddle ... The Man

Tommy Chang ... Referee
Jesse Bennett ... Jesse

Réal Andrews ... Man 1
Shafiq ... Man 2
Errol Gee ... Man 3
Walker Boone ... Charlie
Leon Elkaim ... Gambler
Garry Robbins ... Giant Man
Jung-Yul Kim ... Juijitsu Man

Tig Fong ... Bull Man
Voyo Goric ... Voyo
Michael Russell ... Man With Cane (as Michael Russel)
Karen McGarroch ... Slater's Female Assistant
Ingrid V. Roehm ... Money Girl
Charlotte Hale ... Money Girl

Directed by
Rick Bennett 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Phillip M. Good 
Otto C. Pozzo  (as Otto Pozzo)
Robert Tubbs 

Produced by
Phillip M. Good .... producer
Graeme Gossage .... associate producer
Jerry Lambert .... executive producer (as Jerrold W. Lambert)
Alan M. Solomon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Daniel LeBlanc 
Cinematography by
Gilles Corbeil 
Film Editing by
Nick Rotundo 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
Production Design by
Bill Layton  (as Superstar William Layton)
Art Direction by
Gustave Meunier 
Set Decoration by
Maya Ishiura (chief set decorator)
Costume Design by
Resa McConaghy 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Garrett Warren .... second unit director
Sound Department
Alan deGraaf .... sound effects editor
Nelson Ferreira .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tim Barraball .... special effects
John MacGillivray .... special effects
Howard Green .... stunt performer
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Shropshire .... key grip
Other crew
Garrett Warren .... fight choreographer

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Rated R for strong violence and some language
92 min
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Bad Action, Worse Plot, 26 August 2002
Author: Jonathan Goldsmith from Bellevue, WA

This can only be considered a horrible movie. Somewhere someone decided that they would use the basic plot of Bloodsport, put a well-known martial arts guy in it (Billy Blanks), and excrete it out onto VHS for others to accidently waste their time watching.

The idea is that Billy Banks (Neiko) enters an underground fighting tournament that wealthy drug lords wager on. The final match of the tournament is to the death, and it is perfectly legal to kill any competitor if you get the chance. Neiko enters the tournament to both avenge a fallen student from his dojo and to rid the city of the evil drug lord.

There are several horrible things about the movie. The student Billy is trying to avenge is shot like it is some planned event. Yet the kid is shot on a random corner, with Billy watching. How would they ever know the kid was there? Why not just have the kid get shot coming out of the dojo? These are the types of questions you ask yourself early and often during the thankfully short 92 minutes of the film.

In the requiste cookie-cutter training sequence. Billy learns and trains in a remarkably short amount of time. Going from fighting with his anger to total monk like concentration in ..... 1 DAY. The other training is given a unmeasured amount of time and involves running on the beach and breaking wood. Things that you think a guy running a dojo and as ripped as Billy Banks was to start with could have already done easily.

The acting is all-around shameful. The characters are sterotypical to the point of being almost racist. The worst part though is that the action sucks. I would equate the action sequences to first season Original Star-Trek action. Everything is very slow, with the standard "I hit you, you hit me" flow to every fight. I thought the flying jump kick, while the other guy stands there had been removed from modern action flicks, but it returns yet again....

The most redeeming feature of the movie is that it might be so bad that it entertains you. The lines so corny you laugh, and plot holes so big they make you grin. This is the ONLY reason to watch this movie.

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