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An Asian cop returns to Chicago to revenge his brother's death, only to come up against a psycho threesome on a killing spree.

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Peter Allen

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Peter Allen (story), Ho-Sung Pak (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ho-Sung Pak ... Lang
Liesl Lombardo ... Beth Howard (as Leisel Guinto)
Richard Divizio Richard Divizio ... Taz
Taimak ... Lucky
Shaun Gayle Shaun Gayle ... Apollo
Kevin Ula Christie ... X-Man
Hoyoung Pak Hoyoung Pak ... Kyu
Bert Matias ... Master Monk
Hans K. Schaal Hans K. Schaal ... Professor Manning
Gideon Chung Gideon Chung ... Charles
Roberto Diaz Roberto Diaz ... Commander Castillo
Dino Spencer Dino Spencer ... Bluto
Robert Jordan Robert Jordan ... News Anchor
Alexander Angeles Alexander Angeles ... Communications Officer (as Alex Angeles)
A.D. Detrick A.D. Detrick ... Bartender
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An Asian cop returns to Chicago to revenge his brother's death, only to come up against a psycho threesome on a killing spree.

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Those special ones born in the year of the dragon are granted a charmed life... Yet a charmed life can come to a sudden end. See more »


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Country:

USA | South Korea

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1996 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Book of swords - La spada e la vendetta See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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The main character's name is "LANG" which is a play on words for "Liu Kang" - the Mortal Kombat character. Both Lang and Liu Kang are "chosen" heroes. This is possibly a Mortal Kombat reference as Ho Sung Pak was very well known for his role of Liu Kang in the first two Mortal Kombat video games. See more »

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X Man: Power is a piece of cake that has to be eaten; the big question is, how much do you take?
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Caption on the end credits: "NO WIRES OR SPECIAL EFFECTS WERE USED IN THE FILMING OF THE FIGHT SCENES IN THIS MOVIE" See more »

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Awesome action without the wires, CG tricks, etc.
2 July 2004 | by anmi3103See all my reviews

I caught a screening of this film at the AFM this past February. Wow...very impressive. I recognized the lead, Hosung Pak, from his co-starring role with Jackie Chan in Legend of Drunken Master (the best fight scenes with Hosung unfortunately got deleted in the final cut of Drunken Master). For those who don't know, Hosung is one of the true modern masters of Wushu. Nobody can fight with swords like he can. I used to see him when he was a legend on the American martial arts tournament circuit back in the late 80s, early 90s. Book of Swords' story is just a standard action piece, but it has some of the best martial arts fight scenes I've ever seen on film. It was a nice change of pace to see an action film with real action, as opposed to relying on wire tricks, CG enhancements, etc. I've heard they're releasing this on DVD very soon. I'll definitely be picking up a copy. Hope Hosung is planning on coming out with more stuff soon. The martial arts/action genre definitely needs a breath of fresh air...hopefully Hosung's films can provide that new kick fans are looking for.


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