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All things considered, this wasn't a bad movie... definitely an improvement
from some of Piper's others. It was nice to see him go through a movie
without using (hardly any) wrestling moves. The fight scenes were good, and
Piper did a good job in his role throughout the movie as a sort of "bad
cop", however, the ending left a lot to be desired. I had never heard of
Ong before, but he seemed to do a decent job as well.
I still want to see how Piper would fare with a truly good script and several well-known supporting actors. I think he has potential, and it'd be nice to see him in a true action flick as either the protagnoist or antagonist.
Of the three DTV "Rowdy" Roddy Piper flicks I've watched over the past week or so (this, Jungleground and No Contest), this is by far the worst. All three were very conventional action flicks. This one is a very predictable cop buddy story, very similar to, say, Ridley Scott's Black Rain. Piper plays an American cop whose beat is Chinatown. His partner is killed by a Chinese gangster (Andy Yim), who then runs off to Burma. Piper is paired with a Chinese cop, Ong Soo Han, who is also after him and the two go to Burma to find him. The thing that makes this film so bad is that Piper is super racist. It's no fun watching an actor you like be a dick for most of the movie. Sure, his character arc has him become less racist over the course of the movie, and, of course, he goes from not wanting to be partnered with Han to liking him. But it's more like Piper goes from making mean racist jokes to more kind-hearted racist jokes. The film is pretty racist itself, with a lot of terrible jokes about Asians eating gross stuff and having characters do very silly looking martial arts. One character's name is Bong Bong and Piper keeps referring to him as Ding Dong ("No cawr me Ding Dong, assho!" he will exclaim). It gets better as it goes along and some of the action sequences near the end are decent, but it's generally pretty bad.
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Nick Ford (Piper) is a tough cop on the beat and on the edge. While
working the mean streets of Seattle's Chinatown, he fails in his
attempt to capture super-evil crime boss Tiger (Andy Yim). Ford is then
reluctantly partnered with by-the-book Chinese cop Wu Yin (Ong). In the
their tenacious quest to find the deadly Tiger, they fly to Burma and
find themselves deeper in the culture and the danger than ever before.
Will they survive their many mishaps to bring down Tiger? More importantly, will they survive EACH OTHER?! Roddy Piper as Ford is the type of cop who has an attitude but gets results. Piper strongly resembles Motley Crue's Vince Neil in this film. A trend in the movie industry seems to be "Team up Roddy Piper with someone with a different race and see what happens." see: Back In Action (1993), Tough and Deadly (1995), and now Last To Surrender. Sure, he calls Wu "Chinese Takeout", but he charms the audience's pants off with his million dollar smile.
Han Soo Ong as Yin is the opposite of Ford. He is polite, has patience, and sees Ford as a hard-headed stupid Yankee. You like him and want Wu to get along with Ford. A big chunk of the movie is set in the Burmese jungle and Yin and Ford are forced to get along in order to survive.
Last to Surrender has some entertaining humor that makes the movie more palatable. Piper gets some great lines. Some of which include, "I hate oil" and "I hate tacos", He also gives a passionate defense for hot dogs, and let's not forget his infamous $92.00 jacket. Once the "Original Odd Couple" get to Burma, they meet Bong-Bong, a comic relief character as indicated by his name.
There is an interesting correlation between Surrender and the David Heavener vehicle Massacre (1985). Both deal with an angry white cop in the midst of Seattle's Chinatown. It would make an thought-provoking double feature.
Even though Last To Surrender was released on the cusp of the new millennium, in its spirit it is truly an old-school actioner to keep an eye out for.
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I remember seeing this flick 6-7 years ago, and all i remembered was
Roddy Piper running around, with a gun, cursing everyone. Yesterday i
watched it again....and I don't remember myself laughing so hard
watching an action flick like i did while watching "Last to Surrender".
I; haven't seen many Roddy Piper's movies, but this, in my opinion is
one of his best. He and Ong Soo Han (Bloodsport 2, King of the
Kickboxers, Tiger Claws 2) are absolutely hilarious, making fun of each
other, hating each other, but somehow have to work together to get "The
Tiger" who killed Piper's partner. The Plot is pretty simple, but there
are enough fights, shootouts, and action sequences to keep the viewer
within the screen.
To sum it up - this is one of the best (if not the best) buddy cop movie i've seen. Funny as hell , watch out for Piper delivering lines like "Enter the Dumbass" (sort of a tribute to Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon). A good old 90's action flick. 7/10. I wasn't disappointed at all. I hope you wont be as well.
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