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Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)

R | | Action | 5 May 1993 (USA)
Fight matches, that end when a man is either unconscious or dead, are fought in Tijuana. 2 naive friends, hoping to make a quick buck, go there. One owes money to a loan shark - giving them plenty of practice in no rule fights.

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Patrick Alan (as Pat Alan)

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Judd Lynn (as Judd B. Lynn), Larry Felix Jr. (as Larry Feliz Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bolo Yeung ... Shingo
Maryam d'Abo ... Cheryl Walker
William Zabka ... Ruben
Michael Bernardo ... Nick Walker
Sigal Diamant ... Jill
Martin Kove ... Mr. Lee
Edward Albert ... Mr. C
James Pax ... Teng
Lang Yung Lang Yung ... Shingo's Mother
Sagiv Diamant Sagiv Diamant ... Kid with Basketball
Alexia Damon Alexia Damon ... Girl in Karate School
Richard Eden ... Ellison
Jack Ong ... Official
George Cheung ... Master
Hakim Alston Hakim Alston ... Champion
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Nick and Ruben are hoodwinked into a "shootfighter" (no-holds-barred, to the death) martial arts match by the evil Mr. Lee, who has a grudge against world shootfighter champ(and teacher of Nick and Ruben) Shingo. Written by <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

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It'll tear your heart out! See more »

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Rated R for strong martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film reunites William Zabka and Martin Kove from The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 7 mins) After Mongoose is killed, Hawk tells Ruben "Welcome to the finals, you're up next!". However, there are two other fights before Ruben and Hawk enter the ring. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK New Age video was cut by 1 min 34 secs and removed all footage of nunchakus as well as heavy cuts to a man's heart being torn out, shots of a man spitting blood with a slashed throat, Shadow biting Andreov's arm and spitting out the flesh, and heavy edits to Lee's face being beaten and his arm broken by Shingo. The cuts were fully waived for the 2002 DVD. See more »

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Featured in Midnight Man (1995) See more »

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Lively beat-em-up
12 May 2010 | by tarbosh22000See all my reviews

"You-disgraced-the-art-of-shoot-fighting" This opening quote sets the tone for this lively beat-em-up starring the ever-lovable Bolo Yeung as Shingo.

The plot revolves around two buddies named Ruben and Nick played by Zabka and Michael Bernardo respectively. Yeung plays their mentor. There is the prerequisite montage where he teaches them to "shootfight" and also they play basketball with young black children and Shingo smiles in an oddly fatherly way. Before the shootfighting tournament, there is a fight in a grocery store a la "Cobra" (1986) where Bolo shows off both his fighting and his broken English skills.

You may remember Zabka as Johnny from "The Karate Kid" where he infamously swept his leg at Macchio. Apparently he couldn't get enough karate-chopping action, so he hooked up with director Patrick Allen to give birth to Allen's one and only cinematic baby.

Ruben and Nick get embroiled in an underground "Shootfighting" ring. They eventually have to shootfight each other...to the death, but not before battling an array of wacky baddies in the ring, such as "Boa", who acts like a snake (including the hisses) and Mongoose, who adopts a mongoose fighting style, whatever that means. Some fights have a surprising amount of gore (i.e. limbs and fingers being broken off in a bloody mess), and this provides unintentional laughter and it sustains the viewer's interest until the end.

Martin Kove plays the evil mastermind, inexplicably named "Mr. Lee", who is behind all the shootfighting, and in his villainous rage, slices a pineapple with a samurai sword.

What is "Shootfighting" you ask? Well, that question is never quite answered satisfactorily, but after doing some research we were able to determine (by reading the back of the VHS box) that it is a "forbidden sport so brutal it's banned from the civilized world".

Prepare to get uncivilized with this classic.

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Language:

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Release Date:

5 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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