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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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Eric Lee ...
Eric
Bob Ramos ...
Curt
Ralph Catellanos ...
Bishop
Louis Bailey ...
Carter
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Chong
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Sid Campbell
Alan Gin ...
Foon
Garrick Huey ...
David
Nelson Huey
Gerard Hurley
Joshua Johnson ...
Josh
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Paul
Steve LaBounty ...
Biker leader
Gina Lau ...
Red Vest Ninja Girl
Nancy Lee ...
Angela
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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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Low-grade action film will satisfy bad movie fans and martial arts aficionados alike.
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Eric (Eric Lee) 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 (Louis Bailey). 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.

There's plenty in this low-grade action film to satisfy bad movie fans. Eric's mother speaks perfect English (though she often flubs her lines), but Eric himself seems to be reading his lines phonetically. All the performances are cardboard, except that of Bailey, who somehow manages to seem intelligent. Eric's band includes only one man with a gun: Paul (played by the writer and director, Paul Kyriazi), who seems a much more efficient killer than the rest of his team, especially since no one in the Chinese gang has a gun either.

The good guys always manage to win their fights, even though they're always ludicrously outnumbered. Late in the movie, the female assassins are given a big introduction in slow motion. Considering what happens in their very next appearance, it seems in retrospect much ado about nothing.

The fight scenes are violent and cartoonish, and show off the impressive skills of the martial artists. Even a bad martial arts movie needs good fighters.


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