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Out for a Kill (Video 2003) - Plot Summary Poster

(2003 Video)

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  • Archeology Professor Robert Burns is on location leading an important dig in the ancient ruins on the Far Eastern Chinese border. He accidentally discovers that the Chinese Mafia, the Tong, is using his newly discovered ancient Chinese artifacts to hide and smuggle narcotics across the border. Robert immediately tries to flee with his assistant and narrowly manages to escape the pursuing Tong but not without a heavy price. His loyal assistant is killed and he is framed with the evidence at the Chinese border by the Chinese military and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He is locked up in a Chinese prison where he is guilty until proven innocent. His loving wife Maya vows to help get him out of jail. The DEA finally convinces the Chinese military that Robert may be of more help to them outside jail by leading them to the real smugglers. Once he leaves his Chinese prison cell Robert would rather enjoy his freedom back in the U.S. and keep his past behind him, but The Tong catches up to him and threatens not only his life but that of his wife. They threatened the wrong man. Secrets of Robert's past start to emerge as he unleashes his awesome martial arts fighting abilities to defend himself and his wife. Now that The Tong and their drug cartel know who he is they will stop at nothing to kill Robert to protect their own corrupt interests. To avenge the lives of loved ones he has lost, Robert must hunt down, pursue and find each of the Tong members. In a classic homage to Chinese martial arts films, he is involved in intense hand to hand combat including sword fighting, guns, car chases, and other ingenious forms of fighting to mame and kill these Tong members. He deciphers their ancient coded Tong tattoos which leads him to their don, Wong Dai- The Emperor; the man who controls an empire of crime and corruption across many borders. As an added twist Robert discovers upon meeting Wong Dai, that the evil man himself has been manipulating our protagonist in order to have him kill Wong Dai's own Tong members and thus, secure the ill gotten gains of Wong Dai's empire of crime for himself.

    - Written by Philip Steinman <philipsteinman@earthlink.net>
  • Wong Dai, the world's most powerful Chinese drug kingpin, is sitting at a long table in an old building in Paris, France, going through the motions of a gigantic merger between himself and several other major Chinese drug dealers. Sai Lo controls shipments in the French heroin market in Paris, using laundromats all over Paris as a front. Tang "The Bird" Zhili controls the entire New York drug conglomerate from the Chinatown section of New York, and runs Mahjong gambling rackets. Yin Quinshi of Sofia, Bulgaria, controls an Eastern European drug cartel. Li Bo controls drug exports in Shang Hai, China, and has a penchant for French restaurants. Fang "The Barber" Lee controls a Paris drug cartel, and he is known to hire unique assassins. And Mr. Chang controls drug money in London, England. Yale University archeology professor Robert Burns, who has just recently won the prestigious and much-coveted Winthrop Award for excellence in archeology, stumbles onto the fact that his expedition to China, near the China/Kazakhstan border, is being used by Wong Dai as a cover for a drug smuggling operation. Realizing the danger of sticking around, Burns and his assistant, Luo Yi, make a run for it, but in the resulting gunfight and chase, Luo Yi is killed, and when Burns reaches the border, he finds that Wong's smugglers have set him up for smuggling the drugs. Burns lands in a Chinese prison, framed for drug-running. Burns is questioned by beautiful Chinese narcotics cop Tommie Ling and surly DEA agent Ed Gray, who want to release him and use him as bait to nail the smugglers. Burns is quickly released and sent to the USA, where he promises Luo Yi's father Luo Dazhong that he will get revenge for Luo Yi's murder, but Wong Dai is not done with Burns yet. Wong Dai sends hit men to Burns's house in New Haven, Connecticut to plant a bomb in Burns's house, which explodes and kills Burns's wife Maya. With the two people closest to him dead at the hands of Wong Dai and his minions, and with Tommie and Gray shadowing his every move, Burns is out for revenge. As it turns out, Burns was not always a Professor. He was once a master thief of Chinese artifacts, who served time in prison and earned his archeology degree while in prison, and he changed his name and married Maya after he was released. With his determination to exterminate those who killed Maya, Burns tells Tommie and Gray to stay out of his way, as he cuts a bloody path through Chinatown and across Europe on his way to a confrontation with Wong Dai.

    - Written by Todd Baldridge
  • An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.

    - Written by Anonymous

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