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The Ultimate Game (2001)

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"SATO" a sinister Asian warlord puts up $1 million dollar prize and attracts martial arts fighters to his remote island. He entraps them as they fight to the death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
J.D. Rifkin ...
Jack Grimes - a team leader
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Sam Slater - a team leader
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Rick
Jennifer Doubleday ...
Heather Grimes
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Sato
Tony O'Brien ...
Ray Ivan
Kristy Allen ...
Lisa
Tommy Taretta ...
Timmy / Ninja #3
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Rusty
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Eddie
Andre McCoy ...
Meke
Derek Montgomery ...
Joey Grimes
Stephen Engelbert ...
Gecko Reevs - a team leader
Raphael Rochon ...
Dan
Steven Millis ...
Tyler
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Jack Grimes is a martial arts expert who has been chosen as a the leader of one of four teams for an upcoming martial arts tournament to take place on a remote island. Despite his wife's pleads not to compete, Jack forms his team but finds trouble in the form of rival team leader Sam Slater, who works for crime lord Ivan. When Rick, a hired gun for Slater, is betrayed by the gangster and is left for dead, he joins Jack's team and now, the stage is set on the island for the Ultimate Game. Written by Ninja01

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Excellent Martial Arts Film!
18 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was shot on a shoe-string budget from what I heard. During production, the producers faced some monumental odds that included location problems, actors not showing up or bailing out of the shoot to do other projects, crew members showing up late, etc, but they persevered and got the film in the can. The post-production was even worse as the production sound turned out to be so bad that the director had to ADR the whole film, and then he faced serious problems trying to get the actors to show up and read their lines. Anyone would have quit but he did not. It took him close to two-years to edit picture and sound and he had to contend with whatever he could get. During production, the producers planned to shoot the climatic scene on the beach with a helicopter and machine guns but then one of the main characters (who will remain unnamed) did not show up. On the spot, the directors had to think quickly and rewrite the script, scrapping the helicopter shot.

So, with that in mind, it is true the first act of this film is a bit slow for the MTV generation raised on 15-second commercials, but once it shifts gear, it's a non-stop action heart-thumping thriller to the very end. The fight scenes are simply amazing! Very-well shot, very-well choreographed and brilliantly edited. I highly recommend this film to all martial arts fans. Check it out, it's worth your time!


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