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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

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 Jack Ong ... Official
George Cheung ... Master
Hakim Alston Hakim Alston ... Champion
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shootfighter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

ANA Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

(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 »

Alternate Versions

When this was first released on video, two version were made: A 94-min R-rated version and a 96-min. unrated version. The unrated version contains more blood and gore and uncut mortal kombat type fatalities. Cut scenes include:
  • Lee (Kove) tearing out Shingo's friend's throat.
  • At the end of the exhibition match between Boa and Buck, Buck picks up Boa by the throat on to the cage and tears his heart out while Boa spits out blood and blood squirts from the heart. In the R version, we just see Buck slam Boa on to the cage and here him punch into Boa's rib cage and about five to eight cuts.
  • A fighter gets his throat slashed and blood sprays out of his throat and blood flows out of his mouth. He then falls on the mat and blood starts leaking out of his throat into a puddle of blood on the mat.
  • During another fight, a fighter grabs his opponent's arm and bites a piece of his flesh off. He then spits out the chunk of flesh. In the R version, we see him knaw on it from a distance.
  • In the fight between Ruben and Hawk, Hawk is about to get back up to fight Ruben. But since Ruben's sword was pointing down, the sword went into Hawk's stomach. In the unrated version, we see blood leaking out of his stomach and at some times start to squirt.
  • In the last fight between Shingo and Lee, Shingo grabs Lee's arm and shatters it and the flesh bursts open exposing the bone and blood from the inside. We then see Lee's battered face and him screaming. In the R version, we just hear Shingo break Lee's arm and then we see Shingo jump down on Lee with a falling knee attack to Lee's back. The R-cut is rarely available to rent and has only been seen on HBO and Cinemax. All rental outlets rent only the Uncut version.
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Fun, Martial Arts, Retro VHS flick with notable actors…
13 May 2013 | by nvillesantiSee 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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