In 1964's Freedom Summer, a white housewife from Chicago was killed fighting for Civil Rights, leaving behind a young son. This is the story of his journey, as a man, to find out who his mother was and why she died.
Everyone says this movie is awful. They rightfully say so. Gary Daniel's previous movies do range from terrible to good cheesy fun. (The fight scenes are the best thing about his "good" films.) I knew this movie wasn't gonna be that great, but I never thought it would actually have a worse script than BLOODMOON and COLD HARVEST. (These two are his best films because of their excelent fight coordination.) The film makers didn't even know what was going on. It's like the whole cast and crew was wandering around not knowing what to do in this film. However, the action is great. Akihiro Noguchi of COLD HARVEST returns to direct the fight scenes, and even has help from Koichi Sakamoto of DRIVE. If there was more action though, and if it was longer, (It's not painfully short.) that would have been better. The scenes just seemed too short for their own good. (Similar to the problem in the FATAL FURY anime series which had awesome but short fight scenes) Gary Daniels even gets to exchange a few blows with veteran stuntman James Lew. But after those few kicks and punches, he's down like a sack of potatoes. Even George Cheung was once again wasted. (He's a great martial artist, but his skills are BARELY used in the MARTIAL ARTS films he's in. What exactly is up with that.) THe sound effects weren't the best either. Punches and kicks seemed too quiet. (And I don't think they were going for the same effect like in CROUCHING TIGER) But whoever this Kiyoshi Nakajo is, who makes his US debut as Domoto, he rocks. He has an awesome screen presense, and handles a sword masterfully. He was the best actor in this whole film, and made it worth watching even more. Another intersting aspect of this film is that A great portion of it is in Japanese too. THat was a very good idea to have a film in English and Japanese, as it gave a good mix. The Japanese scenes were better acted than the English ones. I suggest renting this movie on one dollar day when you have nothing better to do, and just skip to the action scenes. I personally can't get enough of martial arts action, and weather the movie is good or not, as long as it features good fight choreography, it's worth watching.
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