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Sci-Fighter (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 17 May 2005 (USA)
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A well-meaning genius creates a virtual reality game that leaves his grandson trapped within when a virus invades. The boy's father (Don Wilson) enters the virtual fighting game in order to... See full summary »

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Jack Tanaka (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
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Sally Kirk / The White Dragon
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Andrew Dean
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Dr. James Tanaka
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The Virus (as Christine Bannon-Rodriques)
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Brad Tanaka (as Dan Mayid)
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The Scorpion (as Rebecca Chaney)
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Monkey Man (as Michael Gonzalez-Matsuda)
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King of the Cage
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A well-meaning genius creates a virtual reality game that leaves his grandson trapped within when a virus invades. The boy's father (Don Wilson) enters the virtual fighting game in order to combat the virus and save his son before they're both trapped forever. Written by Ramble000

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They thought it was just a video game... Now they're fighting for their lives.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Brad Verret pulled a muscle in his chest while filming one of his fight scenes. See more »

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Jack Tanaka: Kung Fu is not just a sport, it's a way of life. And if you would dedicate yourself just a little bit, your grades might improve too.
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Referenced in Dead Run 2 (2008) See more »

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Don's best but a bit of a letdown!
12 January 2005 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

Imagine my surprise and my glory when I saw this puppy at my local blockbusters, having appeared out of nowhere. I was excited about this all last year because it was a collection of B-movies star to make you proud. Don Wilson, Cynthia (Jubblies! I like the Jubblies!) Rothrock and Lorenzo Lamas. Unfortunately it ended up being standard Don fare with a ludicrous plot about a virtual reality fighting game that goes haywire and in essence is an excuse for loads of fights. The fights are very routinely done and Don Wilson continues his annoying trend of pulling his punches and forcing out the choreogrpahy slowly and without timing. I have never seen him look lightening quick in a film. Granted I have not seen all his movies but for a legendary kick boxer her certainly looks like he can't fight when it comes to his movies. Dan Mayid, who plays his son in this film puts him to shame and looks like he could have a bright future as an action star, he is certainly a better actor than his mentor. Mayid was interestingly enough cast at a marital arts convention. He is a big fan of Don, he showed him a few moves and they cast him as his son. Great stuff.

Problems in this film arise because there are loads of fights and most are from Don, while Mayid and the other leads have a lot less to do. Rothrock has one fight which is good and she still kicks but like the best of them, whilst showing her ample jubilee off in a cleavage boosting low cut dress. Lorenzo has a brief bit but he is essentially a cameo part, which is a shame because he is the best actor of the lot, by far. I'd have preferred him in the lead because he fights better than Don. The film is still reasonably fun though because it is so cheesy and they have some clichéd and hokey drama in it that is so badly done you can't help but laugh.

The film also features a score from Vince DiCola responsible for two scores I loved in the 80's in Transformers and Rocky 4, however this is not 80's style and his score is mostly generic, aside from some moments that have the Vince pazzazz. Overall this film has great curiosity value but for those expecting something great, you'll be disappointed. It was a fairly ambitious idea for a Don film but is letdown by poor execution on most parts. Only Rothrocks boobies and the potential of Mayid (An amazing athlete, and young enough to develop into at least an acceptable actor)make this worthwhile but that's about it. **


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