Anthony "Amp" Elmore gives an electifying performance in this film, showcasing his talents as an actor, director, kickboxer, dancer, and singer (listen to the soundtrack during later scenes for Elmore's powerful vocals). This film has been called "the black Rocky" for good reasons, but it is so much more. It follows a similar structure to the Rocky movies to explore Elmore's real-life rise to glory in the world of kickboxing. But it is also a coming-of-age story which explores important social issues, while having a laugh along the way. Almost stealing the show is Elmore's sidekick and promoter, The Kingfish, whose soulful singing and hilarious antics add much color to the film. Elmore's afro is huge at the beginning of the film, and it is truly a spectacle, especially during the fight scenes. This film has jazz, puh-zazz, and arrazzamatazz.
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