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Double Dragon (1994)

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Two brothers have half of a powerful ancient Chinese talisman. An evil gang leader has the other half, and determines to get the brothers' half and have a complete medallion so he can gain absolute power.

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James Yukich

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Paul Dini (story), Neal Shusterman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... Koga Shuko
Mark Dacascos ... Jimmy Lee
Scott Wolf ... Billy Lee
Kristina Wagner ... Linda Lash (as Kristina Malandro Wagner)
Julia Nickson ... Satori Imada (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
Alyssa Milano ... Marian Delario
Nils Allen Stewart ... Bo Abobo #1
Henry Kingi ... Bo Abobo #2
John Asher ... Smart Ass Mohawk (as John Mallory Asher)
Leon Russom ... Chief Delario
Jeff Imada ... Huey
Al Leong ... Lewis
Cory Milano Cory Milano ... Marc Delario
Michael Berryman ... Maniac Leader
Vanna White ... Vanna White
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Storyline

Set 15 years in the future in post-earthquake California, where San Diego and Los Angeles are merged into one city, two teenage brothers have half of a powerful ancient Chinese talisman. Millionaire Koga Shuko (a.k.a. Guisman) has the other half and determines to get the brothers' half in order to have the complete medallion and the absolute power of the magical Double Dragon talisman. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Power. Justice. Darkness. Light. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Dragon: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,376,561, 6 November 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,341,309
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot from the game is originally about two martial artists which is a blue-suited young man named Billy "Hammer" Lee and a red-suited twin brother Jimmy "Spike" Lee, as they fight their way into the turf of the Black Warriors gang (with Linda and Abobo as members) who assaulted and kidnapped their love interest Marian, the martial arts brothers won't stop at nothing to rescue her. After going through skirmishes lead by Abobo and Jeff at a city slum, a factory, the woods and the gangs hideout; Billy and Jimmy reach the lair where the have a showdown with the gang's machine gun wielding leader who is the Big Boss and they defeat him, also resulting in a conflict where Billy and Jimmy fight to the death over the determination of who will win the affections of Marian. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in "New Angeles", California, however when Chief Delario goes outside of the precinct after telling the officers that they are going to take back the streets, an Ohio flag is shown flying on the flagpole. See more »

Quotes

Bo Abobo #2, Improved Model: What's up, chickenbutt?
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Alternate Versions

Despite the UK cinema version being uncut with a PG certification, the UK video version was cut by 10 secs by the BBFC to remove some headbutts and blows during the fight scenes for a 12 certification. In 2015, the BBFC waived the 10 secs of cuts for a 12 certification DVD/Bluray release. See more »

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Almost as bad as Van Damme's Streetfighter
12 October 2000 | by modiusSee all my reviews

Following the "success" of the film Super Mario Brothers, someone decided it would be a good idea to make a computer version of fighting games. There was Van Damme's awful and woeful attempt at making a Streetfighter film and then there was this pile of rubbish.

Most of you "older" readers will remember an old arcade game called Double Dragon - although it was not the first scroll-a- long-beat-em-up game, it did start a trend in the arcades and on consoles for beat-em-ups such as Dragon Ninja, Final Fight, and so on.

This film is nothing compared to the game. It has virtually no martial arts (its all comic book stuff - watered down to please the kids), and all the stuff in this seems cgi enhanced which makes this film pretty tacky. It could have been a lot better, it could have stuck to the plot, but considering the fact that the game didn't really have all that much plot to begin with - you could see where they had problems.

Some history of the game: Double Dragon was released on the SNES (amongst other versions and consoles) where the franchise ultimatley met its death.

Double Dragon 1 which this film is supposed to based upon is a kill off the drug dealer who kidnaps your girlfriend (if you play this is two player mode - you had to fight each other for the girl).

Double Dragon 2 had a ridicolous plot of a magican wanting total, ultimate power (I think this is where the scriptwriters got their lame story from) - this was a very bad version of the game.

Double Dragon 3 (depending on which version you had) was either a: save the president, b: save the girl (again!) or c: find some sacred treasure by going around the world (which was only three countries) to beat off the bad guys. A pretty poor effort.

Double Dragon 4 (includes BattleToads?) This is just pants, avoid.

Double Dragon 5: Oh dear, lets copy Streetfighter shall we? This was the final nail in the coffin.

Super Double Dragon: This actually felt like the original sequel, it concetrated on martial arts and action rather than stupid plots about power and scrolls.

Anyway the film is pretty pore, I was expecting the bad guy (played by the T1000, Robert Patrick) to use a machine gun (just like in the game), but he doesn't.

This is a VERY bad game, please someone make a serious kung fu martial arts version of this game - before its too late.

If you want a serious version of a martial arts game, its probably better to stick with Mortal Kombat, avoid this trash.


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