Lee Choe, a top-notch assassin, works for the mob. When the mob turns on him and kills his girlfriend, Lee seeks his revenge on the man who ordered the hit, John Lowe. Lowe turns to shady cop Craig Barnes, forcing him to hunt down the assassin. Written by
Even action fans will be hard pressed to enjoy this one
FIST OF THE WARRIOR is a cheapo martial arts vehicle for Pak Ho-Sung, a Korean-American fighter whose best known role is still as the top henchman in Jackie Chan's excellent DRUNKEN MASTER II (he's the guy who goes lording it around in a black suit). Sadly, to mention FIST OF THE WARRIOR in the same paragraph as the Jackie movie is to do the latter a disservice, as this independent production is completely forgettable and nowhere near in the same league.
It's a film with a simple revenge storyline that feels dragged out no end with long dialogue scenes between extraneous characters who aren't even important to the story. The whole thing is dark and cheap-looking and the various fight scenes suffer from lacklustre choreography that doesn't allow the viewer to enjoy any of the strikes or special moves, not that there are many.
Ho-Sung makes for a wooden hero although I did enjoy the presence of the familiar faces in the supporting cast. Sherilyn Fenn was once the star of BOXING HELENA while Peter Greene has long been propping up B-movies as a slimy villain; I still remember him as the guy who gets his neck snapped by Seagal in UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION actors Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn enjoy a mini reunion of sorts, Antonio Fargas cameos as a priest, and hulking body builder Brian Thompson is completely wasted in a nondescript henchman role. Yeah, FIST OF THE WARRIOR isn't much cop, even for action lovers.
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