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Time Burst: The Final Alliance (1989)

Several different factions compete in the search for ancient Japanese tablets that have the secret of immortality.


Peter Yuval




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott King David Scott King ... Urbane
Michi McGee Michi McGee ... Jane (as Michiko)
Gerald Okamura ... Master
John Henry Richardson ... Mueller (as Jay Richardson)
Craig Ng ... Takeda / Akira
Chet Hood Chet Hood ... Agent #1
Jack Forcinito ... Agent #2 (as Jack Vogel)
Richard Rogers Richard Rogers ... Rush
Beano ... Freddie Delago
Allen Tombello Allen Tombello ... Lab Technician
Chris Marneus Chris Marneus ... Head Samurai
Mace Bacon Mace Bacon ... Osaki
Douglas Harter Douglas Harter ... Man in Diner
Esther Mio Esther Mio ... Mrs. Delago
Art Okinsky Art Okinsky ... Mr. Delago


After a plane crash, it turns out that his pilot is immortal. From now on, the man is chased by ruthless killers who want to get an ancient Japanese tablet that gives immortality. The only clue leading to the artifact are memories of old Japan.

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He stole the secret of immortality... now it may cost him his life!


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An enigmatic VHS relic from the late, but ever-great 80s rental era.
18 February 2021 | by Weirdling_WolfSee all my reviews

This unjustly obscure relic from the late, but ever-great 80s VHS-era certainly starts enigmatically enough in a distinctly thrilling cross-cultured manner, perhaps referencing 'Ghost Warrior', as we see a Samurai Warrior in a deadly battle with a no less skilled Caucasian man in an especially bellicose-looking duel! as the film moves on with pleasing alacrity, gradually revealing that the American combatant is not only a bit nifty with the cutlery, he is also an immortal, apparently becoming deathless by appropriating ancient magic his master strictly forbade him to make use of, thereby dishonouring his sensei so egregiously he is promptly banished to wend his aimless way through myriads of time like some shiftless Californian Ronin.

The Master (Gerald Okamura) has long been a person of interest to a shady, black-hatted group of pseudo feds calling themselves 'The Agency', cheap-suited, pistol-happy nerks who mostly race around town in a grubby van hoping to bundle their quarry into the back of it. This isn't exactly top ten material, but it certainly isn't without some degree of modest intrigue; throw in some kooky magic tablet razzamajazz pizazz, deadly ninjas, the not infrequent gunfights and the entirely beautiful and exquisitely exotic-looking presence of agent Jane (Michico) this mos def has goodly stuff going on, and by adding a zestfully fragrant dash of 'Highlander' outlandishness 'Time Burst' proves itself to be a briskly entertaining, time-warping adventure, long trapped in video rental history, perhaps one day to be unearthed and lovingly upscaled to digital versatile disc or beyond!!!!!

The film has additional cult movie kudos by having Jay Richardson as the slimy agent man, who plays it a little more low key than his terrifically unsubtle turn in Fred Olen Ray's iconic 'Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers' and Gerald 'Samurai Cop' Okamura is a legitimate Kung Fu treasure, while 'Time Burst: The Final Alliance' isn't quite on the same giddy level as 'Trancers' it can't be faulted by that fact since all too few sf actioners reach such an elevated state of B-Movie majesty!

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19 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Alleanza finale See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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