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Underground (2007)

Not Rated | | Action | 2007 (UK)
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In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds ... See full summary »

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Chee Keong Cheung
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Strange ... Mark, The Homeless
Nathan Lewis ... Nathan, The Ex-Convict
Joey Ansah ... Joey, The Model
Leon Sua Leon Sua ... Leon, the Triad
Glenn Salvage ... Father Salvage, The Priest
Beau Fowler ... Bo, the Delinquent
Shane Steyn ... Sgt. Shane Steyn, The Police Officer
Liang Yang ... Liang, the Foreigner
Zara Phythian ... Zara, The Teacher
William Mickleburgh ... William, The Instructor
Scott Houston Scott Houston ... Scott, the Kid
Chris Smith Chris Smith ... Corporal Smith, The Soldier
Fidel Nanton Fidel Nanton ... Fidel
Danny John-Jules ... Lamont Gaines
Gary Webster ... Brandon Glover
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In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds barred competition that will push each fighter to their limit. Each fighter has their own reason for competing, and each will give everything they've got to take the prize...but there can be only one winner. Written by Anonymous

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There can be only one winner...

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UK

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English

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2007 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The fighters in the tournament all use their real names as their character names. However, these names are only spoken once or twice in the movie for each fighter; a few of the names aren't spoken at all. Instead, they are referred to as, for example, the Teacher, the Soldier, the Homeless, the Foreigner, etc. See more »

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Finally, somebody with the balls...
1 October 2007 | by grandmastersikSee all my reviews

Wow, this film doesn't just "break" the British film industry mould - it shatters it!

I've read comments on here which drone on about the script, acting and direction all being bad, but those comments were clearly remarked by morons. The screen-play is totally apt for the film's concept, the actors all perform their own fights and stunts and frankly, are each a spectacle to behold, and the direction - from angles, edits, to fight choreography - is excellent.

I had a slight problem with the "shaky cam" used in a certain (brief) hospital scene, but considering how most modern high profile TV programmes nowadays look like they've been shot on a boat at high sea in the middle of a tsunami, it's most forgivable.

The film follows a simple premise: twelve fighters, one winner - now just watch them go at it!

From the above sentence you can now decide if you'd like to see this film or not... it's all a matter of personal taste.

Personally, I take each film as its own and rate them by the entertainment value it gave me whilst watching - it is for this reason that I've given Underground an 8.

My only glitch with this flick was that I found the contest organiser to be really annoying (with his constant cheesy grinning) and was hoping from the first two minutes in for one (or more) or the fighters to give him a well deserved slap. Then again, perhaps this was the intentional portrayal of an immoral villain one would just WANT to see meet a gruesome end...

The inclusion of sharp weapons was a bit much, but overall, an indie pic' well worth checking out.

Even better than Geochilmaru.


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