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A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.

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Steve Wang

Writer:

Scott Phillips
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Dacascos ... Toby Wong
Kadeem Hardison ... Malik Brody
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Vic Madison
Brittany Murphy ... Deliverance Bodine
Tracey Walter ... Hedgehog
James Shigeta ... Mr. Lau
Masaya Katô ... Advanced Model
Dom Magwili Dom Magwili ... Mr. Chow
Ron Yuan ... Razor Scarred
Clive Rosengren ... Cantwell
Christopher Michael ... Jeb
'Evil' Ted Smith 'Evil' Ted Smith ... Joss (as Ted Smith)
Tedd Szeto Tedd Szeto ... Receptionist / Assistant
R.A. Mihailoff ... Singing Trucker
David Watts David Watts ... Apollo Bartender
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A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time. Written by Steven Feldman <ar402004@brownvm.brown.edu>

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You can walk, you can run, you can limp, You've got to... Drive See more »


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Rated R for strong violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1997 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugue See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions of the movie exist. The US version ends after the fight with the evil super soldier. The European version includes a final confrontation with the main boss. See more »

Goofs

During the battle in the Apollo 14 club, when Toby stabs the last machete guy, you can see the end of the blade under the bad guy's arm, revealing that the blade didn't really stab him. See more »

Quotes

Malik Brody: You don't look like Miss Daisy, I should be driving you no fucking where.
Toby Wong: Shut up!
Malik Brody: Can't smoke can't talk, I'm fucking covered. You take the car, I'll walk. Drive your own fucking self.
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Alternate Versions

Deleted scenes include:
  • A scene in Malik's house where Malik and Toby enter his daughters' room and they talk about his 4 year old daughter and how much he loves her.
  • A scene in which Hedgehog and Madison question the existence of aliens.
  • A scene after the Motel fight where Deliverance hugs Toby and Malik gets a bit jealous.
  • A scene in which Toby reveals he has a brother and that they were both singers once. - A longer version of the final fight where Toby delivers a new kick.
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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Rayleen
Written by Alan Mirikitani
Performed by Buddha Heads
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment, Co.
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The best Hong Kong film made somewhere else
14 March 2002 | by david.thomas41See all my reviews

American-born director and FX makeup man Steve Wang hooked up with Power Rangers stunt guru Koichi Sakamoto to make Guyver 2, a Japanese manga-inspired sci-fi movie with martial arts. Their next collaboration was Drive, a low-budget hi-tech action movie that has gained quite a following on DVD.

The movie stars Hawaiian martial arts genius Mark Dacascos as Toby, a guy on the run from the evil corporation that killed his girlfriend and implanted him with a 'Bio-engine', a device that gives Toby superhuman strength and speed. Arriving in America he enlists the reluctant help of Malik (Kadeem Hardison) and the two cross America in Malik's increasingly beat-up hot rod. Along the way there are a few laughs, a touch of romance, the occasional shootout and, oh yes, kung fu. Lots and lots of kung fu.

To be honest the plot is really just a way to get from one action scene to the next, but when the action is as good as this who cares? Wang, Sakamoto and Dacascos (is it me or does that sound like the world's weirdest legal firm?) have come up with some of the finest fight action you'll see in a film made outside Hong Kong. Dacascos proves he is every bit as flexible and forceful as Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and the rest, while fight master Sakamoto is no less talented than Yuen Woo Ping or Cory Yuen Kuei. It's quite sickening that Dacascos is mostly confined to 10th-rate direct to video movies while overweight personal trainers and ballet dancers like Steven Seagull and Jean Claude Van Donut still manage to get cast in big-budget theatrical releases (well, maybe not Jean Claude anymore).

Fans of The Matrix will no doubt get a kick out of the lightning-fast moves and vaguely sci-fi setting (although it's worth noting that this film predates The Matrix by several years). Anyone looking for no-brainer popcorn entertainment that is actually good will also find much to enjoy.

Note: the US release of this film was cut by about 20 minutes and re-scored with a shockingly bad hip-hop soundtrack. The director's cut, available on UK DVD, is much better and worth seeking out.


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