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You'll find that a few of these movies might possibly belong in the Action genre, but for me if the actors are martial artists or are known to have a strong background in martial arts then they belong in this section.
THE TOTAL FIGHT SCENES ARE COUNTED FOR ONLY WHEN EACH SCENE CHANGES FROM ONE TO THE OTHER.
Warlords of Hell (1987)
Brilliant 80's action
I am surprised that this movie didn't receive wider response. A young Robert Patrick is a bad ass biker - He is sort of like a right hand man for the leader of a vicious biker gang. The gang kidnap these two American guys who were jut cruising around in Mexico on their trail-bikes. 4 minutes into the movie the action begins and the movie is an enjoyable ride from the beginning to the end.
If you get your chance to find this rare gem, then I recommend you should watch it. I love 80's movies as long as they aren't too trashy. This certainly doesn't fit into that category at all. I'm giving this rating an 8 out of 10.
Soul of the Avenger (1997)
I love his genre
I am a major martial arts/action movie buff ever since childhood. This is something that is going to be with me forever. I had to put in my own voice here to give this movie a chance so I'm probably the only positive reviewer. Of course people aren't going to like this too much if they aren't hardcore enthusiasts of this genre.
You've got Richard Norton, James Lew and Gerald Okamura with Karen Sheperd...They are all great martial artists and perform martial arts. Who needs great acting or dialogue. I am in it for just the fight scenes and there are plenty. If you are into bad martial arts/action movies then this is right up your alley. You'll enjoy it for what Soul Of The Avenger has to offer.
Karate Wars (1989)
A rare gem
I had a blast watching this movie. Yes, it's cheesy action from the 80's...but you know what? It is martial arts orientated so the movie fits into my criteria of what I grew up with and love. I just had to put in a review because the only reviewer here bags this movie with unnecessary intentions. If you like your karate/martial arts 80's movies without all this CGI bullshit then this is for you.
Without spoiling - My favorite scene is when the angry student attacks his teacher on the street trying to land a punch or kick, but miserably fails to do so. There are some entertaining features here. Don't take the movie so seriously and you'll get some enjoyment out of Karate Wars.
Barrio Brawler (2013)
More martial arts movies please!!!!!!!!
To be honest I didn't think much of this before I watched it expecting it to be poor quality. Was I wrong!! I loved this movie!!! I don't understand why people would post a negative review. Fair enough American Brawler is slightly B-Grade with a plot that's been done to death.
However, in saying so this is a different format of the typical plot line regarding a struggling martial artist is fighting in an illegal bare knuckle circuit in order to save his school or to prevent himself from filing for bankruptcy.
I enjoyed the creation of characters and especially the fight scenes...there were some awesome scenes during the fights when they are fighting fast paced, but then slow motion. I loved it! Overall, the movie makers should definitely do more movies like this. Thanks for keeping martial arts movies alive.
I have been watching martial arts movies throughout my childhood until adulthood. I recommend this if you are a martial arts movie buff such as myself.
To the negative reviewers...you must have bad taste in movies.
Vision Quest (1985)
Gotta miss the 80's
What an awesome soundtrack from the 80's. The acting from actors and actresses was spot on. I enjoy watching these feel good movies, there aren't too many wrestling movies out there with this story-line approach. There are some funny moments.
We watch a teenager develop from being a boy who becomes a man and plans to succeed in making wrestling history by dropping down two weight classes...that is a lot of weight to lose. I really enjoyed this movie and I am sure you will too if you feel like watching a semi-inspirational drama/sport movie. Also, look out for a very young Forrest Whitaker and Matt Dillon. Linda Fiolento (maybe I spelled the surname wrong) is hot as always.
No Escape No Return (1993)
Good martial arts fight scenes
I was lucky to have found No Escape No Return in a Cash Converter store for $2 I am glad I bought it because i didn't know anything about the movie, but when I noticed it was a P.M production I knew it was right up my alley. Anywho, to cut things short I got this just because Dustin Nguyen was a lead actor.
I didn't expect Dustin to use martial arts as frequently throughout the movie like he did...he has talent. I enjoyed the fight scenes a lot. The rest of the movie is as what you'd expect from a B Grade movie - bad acting with a poor plot. If you like martial arts action like I do then I can recommend the movie to you.
I give this 5 stars half-half because of the unexpected martial arts scenes. Otherwise, I would've thrown the movie in the trash.
Live by the Fist (1993)
Brilliant B-Grade Martial Arts Kick Ass Movie!!!!!!!!
I just love Jerry Trimble Jr...he should have made more martial arts movies back in the day. Jerry's martial arts skills are very good. I have never been bored watching any of his movies.
The downfalls: Each action scene has a very annoying guitar theme and towards the end of the movie becomes almost unbearable, but I just like the movie only for the fight scenes. The acting is terrible (what would you expect), only one female actress (as a main) is in the movie and she doesn't show any charisma or talent whatsoever....it makes you wonder what she was doing there in the first place. The movie is very much the same storyline as Bloodfist 3 starring Don 'the dragon' Wilson, but is in different format.
The Up's of the feature: Jerry displays awesome fight scenes and there are plenty of them which makes the movie gun and enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously. My wife is a filipina, she recognized the area where the movie was filmed because we have been to that location in the Philippines before and she remembers many of the filipino actors who were popular actors in the Phils. This wasn't the type of movie for her so she decided to do the housework while I continued to watch Jerry kick ass. Don't watch the movie with your girl or wife unless they enjoy this type of movie genre.
Terminator Woman (1993)
Great martial arts movie
It's been too long since I have watched Terminator Woman until today. I am kinda feeling little sorry for myself (I've been given a few days off from work) because I fractured my wrist in sparring while doing martial arts the other night but this little gem managed to keep me entertained as I'm waiting for the pain killers to kick in.
I have a feeling the previous reviewers who had bad things to say about this movie don't like other films of this genre...I love them.
In Terminator Woman we have plenty of martial arts action. Jerry Trimble Jr and Karen Sheperd make an awesome team together. I give this 10 out of 10 because the movie involves many great fight scenes, yes the acting is really bad but if you are like me and can watch a movie for the fun side of it, then I am sure you can enjoy this nice little martial arts gem from the good old day as long as you don't take the movie too seriously.
Badass Showdown (2013)
How terrible is this!!!!!!
Oh my god! Cynthia Rothrock is finally back in the movies again. Yay!!! Hang on, the movie is so shocking she ought to stay away from being in future movies if they will continue to be as bad as this one.
Like other previous reviewers stated...Badass Showdown has gay boys pretending to be martial artists and you can tell that they don't know martial arts. Badass Showdown is choreographed/directed and produced by people who don't know martial arts at all.
I just don't understand how someone can show such bad acting or why Cynthia would return to movies and appear in a total flop of a film. I am very disappointed. The only time I will write a review is when the movie is extremely good or extremely poor. I would rarely say how bad a movie is. I just want everyone to know that I am telling the truth to save others money or time. I am a major movie buff and can watch almost any movie from beginning to end. I didn't even finish watching Badass Showdown although I consider myself a loyal Cynthia Rothrock fan. Watching the gay boys pose in shower and in bedroom made me expect some soft gay porn to begin but it never did...thank god. My wife after ten minutes of the movie was telling me to change to another. If you are gay, then you might like Badass Showdown.
I don't know why this movie has some bad reviews. Maybe the viewers just took U.F.O too seriously. Jean Claude Van Damme doesn't play a big role but I guess he is still trying to pretend he is somewhat a serious actor. The other actors and actresses do well in playing their roles to make the characters seem believable. One thing I didn't like was when the camera moved around a lot in a few certain scenes but it can easily be dismissed. Another annoying thing of the movie is the theme song.
I was very surprised that U.F.O contains some pretty good fight scenes but none from Jean Claude Van Damme, he is hardly in the movie. Special effects of the alien ships/crafts were poor but I do understand that this is a B-Grade movie and we shouldn't expect much.Trust me, U.F.O is watchable...it's nowhere near as bad as what some previous viewers say it is. Sit back and enjoy!