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Jeff, a young delinquent, is enrolled by his father in a kenpo school, in the hopes of teaching the boy some self-discipline. Years later, Jeff's mentor, Kim, is being threatened by one of the Korean mafia families. Jeff tries to help his old friend, but is too late to prevent Kim's death at the hands of an unknown hitman. Vowing revenge, Jeff takes on all of the families, using his martial arts skills to find the man who killed his friend.Written by
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Personally, I watched this movie(video version) to see some of Hargitay's earlier stuff. Very disappointed in that respect. She does little more than stare at Speakman's character and smile at him while letting him into the dojo at the end. I understand the TV original actually had her as more than just window dressing and made their final scene together not so, well, strange and out of place. Makes me wonder why the heck her other scenes were cut out. Especially considering she's really the only female(other than her younger self) at all featured in the movie.
A few small problems. First, I realize Asian actors and actresses are hard to come by, but it was a little annoying to see most of the main mafioso members were actors I have seen playing Chinese AND Japanese characters before. Secondly, they insist the mafiosos are Korean yet pepper in Japanese terms. Third, it always seemed to me that right before a fight, or during a drill Speakman would suck his gut in to make himself seem more trim.
I did like the fact that Speakman's character got hurt. It was a refreshing change from most martial arts action flicks. In the end, I think this is a fun little way to pass the time, but not really something to add to one's collection.
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