The Fists of Righteous Harmony is a group of centuries-old crime fighters that use highly developed fighting techniques and psychic ability to fight crime. The Dark Monk, a fallen monk of ...
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The Fists of Righteous Harmony is a group of centuries-old crime fighters that use highly developed fighting techniques and psychic ability to fight crime. The Dark Monk, a fallen monk of the Franciscan order has resurfaced from the criminal underground to wreak havoc on the lives of the innocent. He has contracted the assassin Franco Gungori to eliminate the Fists beginning with Syko, whose psychic abilities enable the Fists to fight crime. Sister police detectives Andrea and Tiffany are distrustful of the ways of the Fists and vow to stop them, suspecting that they are connected to Franco Gungori who has also assassinated their father. With a corrupt police force in league with the drone-like Gang of the Black Mask the Fists are lucky to survive. After a series of events, the Fists must go into hiding and attempt to learn a secret Taoist martial arts technique in order to restore balance to the world.Written by
The original screenplay had over 12 major subplots. The original rough cut was over 4 1/2 hours. After having been cut down to just over 2 hours with extensive re-writes, the additional sub-plots became unnecessary and tended to slow the pace down. The website the-fists.com features many of the deleted scenes and whole deleted sub-plots. While the current version of the film has a multi-plot feel, the current version doesn't even come close in the confusion factor to the original. See more »
There is a 20-watt Fresnel light visible in the over-the-shoulder zoom in on Franco's character at the end of the movie. See more »
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Question: What do you get when you want to make an action film with no movie stars? You get a jumble titled "The Fists of Righteous Harmony" (seriously, why such a long, difficult name?), which will please its core audience but won't really amuse people not into martial arts, action or guns. There are lots of us out there that adore martial arts movies with plenty of well choreographed mayhem and "The Fists" seem to be a good choice for indie pleasures but the script and some of the acting kept me wondering at times.
The flashbacks are probably my favorite parts, and the grittiness of the scene at the motel.
The performers meet the demands of their roles, which are not exactly difficult. Throughout the movie, nothing unfolds predictably - but then again, I wasn't sure what to expect -. The fight scenes are fun, but the confusion factor and the apparent lack of experience are deadlier than any of the Fists lethal blows... that and the fact that the psychic should've fought in the end.
Warning: There are lots of bad words in this film, so parents beware; but few people go to martial arts movies to enjoy the beautiful language, and as an action lavishness, the film delivers. Cinematography is great at times with beautiful colors and nice contrasts... and at times it fails to deliver...
Will you enjoy it? Yes, if you watch it with an open mind.
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