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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shingo
... Cheryl Walker
... Ruben
... Nick Walker
... Jill
... Mr. Lee
... Mr. C
... Teng
Lang Yung ... Shingo's Mother
Sagiv Diamant ... Kid with Basketball
Alexia Damon ... Girl in Karate School
... Ellison
Jack Ong ... Official
... Master
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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Rated R for strong martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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

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(at around 1h 29 mins) In the end fight, Lee fights Shingo. Lee throws several punches to Shingo's head. Shingo dodges them, but you still hear a punch impact sound. See more »

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Featured in Midnight Man (1995) See more »

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Fun, Martial Arts, Retro VHS flick with notable actors…
13 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Oh, those good old days of the VHS, when movies, no matter their low-budget, had meaning. Back in the 80s martial arts films were so popular that any backdoor-garage-studio could produce a low budget film and make tons of money. After JCVM paved the way for tournament fighting style movies with his successful film, "Blood Sport," it was sure that many others clones would follow. Shootfighter followed on the same path but with a lower budget and less flare.

Shootfighter tells the story of two friends, Ruben (William Zabka) and Nick (Michael Bernardo), who are tricked to fight in a no-holds-barred tournament to the death by a blood hungry shootfighter named Mr. Lee (Martin Kove). Their master, Shingo (Bolo Yeung), has to save them from Lee and his cronies.

This movie was memorable because it had Zabka and Kove, both antagonists on Karate Kid (1984) and Yeung the main antagonist in Blood Sport. Now, the acting was average, photography was average, the plot was average, but the martial art choreography was top notch. That's one thing, no matter how cheap movies were back in the 80s and 90s they had some awesome fighting.

If you love old martial arts films, get a pizza, a case of beer, and watch this retro junk on a late Saturday night. You won't regret it.


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