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Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)

Not Rated | | Action | 15 November 2004 (USA)
Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane ... See full summary »

Directors:

Albert Pyun, Isaac Florentine (co-director)

Writer:

Irina Mishina (screenplay) (as Irina Diether)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Hardt ... Max Havoc
Nikki Ziering ... Girl Biker
Scott L. Schwartz ... Biker Bar Tough
Diego Wallraff ... Joe
Richard Roundtree ... Tahsi
David Carradine ... Grand Master
J.J. Perry ... Boxing Referee
Danielle Burgio ... Thief
Johnny Nguyen ... Quicksilver
Marie Matiko ... Aya
Joanna Krupa ... Jane Goody
Tawney Sablan Tawney Sablan ... Christy Goody
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Moko
Jamie Marie Spears Jamie Marie Spears ... L.J. (as Jamie Spears)
Paul Martinez Paul Martinez ... Curator
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Storyline

Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane and Christy Goody who have acquired a rare jade dragon, which belongs to the ruthless Japanese Yakuza who will stop at nothing to get it back. It's up to Max to stop the Yakuza, save the sisters and restore order to the peaceful island. Written by Joseph Ruggieri

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Action/Adventure has a new name.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I katara tou drakou See more »

Filming Locations:

Guam

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lighting technician Elvin Ralph Coon III was very critical of the film in a Los Angeles Times article from 2007, claiming that "The whole thing was just bad all the way around . . . This thing was really destined to wind up in the cutout bin of some truck stop on the way to Barstow." See more »

Goofs

In the scenes supposedly taking place in Japan, the cars have the steering wheel on the left. In Japan, as in all right hand drive countries, they are on the right. See more »

Quotes

Jane Goody: I'm at the bottom of the Marianas, but I feel like I'm on top of the world!
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References Mork & Mindy (1978) See more »

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Composed by Anthony Riparetti (as Tony Riparetti)
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Nice martial arts; average Pyun.
26 July 2008 | by carlos_b84See all my reviews

Due to the controversy involving a defaulted loan secured by the government of Guam, I had a particular interest in getting to watch this movie. More than the usual, being an Albert Pyun fan as I am.

Pyun goes back to the late 80's and early 90's with this movie, the days when he directed wooden martial artists like Jean Claude Van Damme, Olivier Gruner and Sasha Mitchell.

This movie revolves around a former kick-boxing champ turned sports photographer, and his peculiar ability to run into trouble wherever he goes. Funny enough, his name is Max Havoc. Mr. Havoc is sent to Guam for an easy job and to relax. BUt he runs into, first, with two troublesome teen sisters, one smart and one brain-dead (guess for which he fell?), and then with an entire Japanese organization, who's after a stolen jade dragon.

The lead is the Swiss nobody Mickey Hardt. He has the charisma of an amoeba, and his acting skills leave much to be desired. But this is not a dramatic piece, or the tale of an epic battle. This is a martial arts flick and in what regards kicking and punching and beating, Hardt does not disappoint. And despite this, Havoc is a well-natured fellow. Probably the guy every father'd want for her daughter (I just said that? Lame.) There're some strange surprises on the cast. Richard Roundtree ("SHaft") plays Havoc's former trainer now antique dealer. Carmen Elektra tries to "show her place" to Havoc during four scenes, for which she got one hundred grand. David Carradine plays Bill... again. All in automatic. Don't expect any acting shocking you.

Then there are these two sisters. Neither of them can act well and there's this strange lesbic trend in their scenes together. Not as evident as in Bill's...sorry, Carradine's assistants, and way too subtle.

Pyun's directing is normal here. The fights are well-choreographed yet there's an unnecessary over-repetition of the flashback scene that could have been done without. It lacks that special something though.

Far better than some action junk Lorenzo Lamas has done. It has good martial arts, nice scenes, beautiful views of Guam, plenty of girls in bikini, but you'll want to press MUTE when the sisters start talking. It's a watchable flick. For only one watch.


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