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The Weapons of Death (1981)

 -  Action | Drama  -  24 July 1981 (USA)
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In San Francisco's Chinatown, a band of thugs kidnaps a girl for a large Chinese gang. Her half-brother gathers a team of expert fighters to get her back.



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Credited cast:
Eric Lee ...
Bob Ramos ...
Ralph Catellanos ...
Louis Bailey ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sid Campbell
Alan Gin ...
Garrick Huey ...
Nelson Huey
Gerard Hurley
Joshua Johnson ...
Steve LaBounty ...
Biker leader
Gina Lau ...
Red Vest Ninja Girl
Nancy Lee ...


In San Francisco's Chinatown, Eric runs a martial arts school. His skills come in handy when a band of thugs kidnaps his half-sister for a large Chinese gang. The head thug took the job because he has a score to settle with the girl's father. The Chinese gang wants ransom money from the girl's mother, who, despite living modestly, has enough to pay it. Eric gathers a team of expert fighters from his school and goes off to get the girl back. But emotions run high when the team is joined by the father who had left his family years ago. Later, they'll be joined by a kidnapper with a conscience. In the hills, the girl escapes and gets recaptured several times. The hills are teeming not only with the members of the Chinese gang, but with female assassins and cruel bikers, too. Written by J. Spurlin

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East Meets West In A Martial Arts Free-For-All! See more »


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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Martial Arts that is pretty much one fight after another with a thin plot holding everything together.
22 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cinematography is poor, choreography is weak. Some of the one-on-one fight scenes are good due mostly to the physical abilities of the individuals. Too many characters to get to know any of them. Character development is very weak and shallow. Those with deep 'secrets' spill them without much protest.

There is a very weak plot line that sort of ties it all together. Pretty much any time more than two people get together they start swinging at each other. Not a lot of contact is made, but they swing a lot! We have the Chinese crime syndicate hiring a bunch of American thugs to do a kidnapping. The expected evil heavy is bald and carries a bag full of weapons, only a couple which get used before being defeated by the good guy. There is the typical character that is on the side of the bad guys, but is good at heart. Throw in a hoard of women and a motorcycle gang and a couple of double crosses and you've got it! Weapons include pistols, clubs, bow and arrow, swords of all types, spear (the most interesting one in my opinion!), a mace and claws.

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