In the near future, Japan is ruled once more by a monarchy. But, rebels opposed to this rule seek to overthrow the government. The House of Takemikazuchi, a band of assassins is hired by ... See full summary »
Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the ... See full summary »
Jason Scott Lee (Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story), Korean heartthrob Jang Hyuk (Windstruck, Volcano High), and Singapore's A-list artiste Fann Wong (Shanghai Knights, Just Follow Law) star in ... See full synopsis »
Rina Takeda plays the role of a female ninja named Kisaragi who attempts to rescue a group of women being held captive to become toys for men. The film is set sometime in the Sengoku period... See full summary »
This story is set during the Edo ages in Japan. On a rainy night, Kotono confronts the samurais who have killed her father. The samurai attack her one by one, but she manages to withstand ... See full summary »
Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »
Aka Kage, Aoi Kage and Asuka are trio of ninjas sent to perform dangerous secret missions for their master. Although Aka and Aoi are both in love with Asuka, the friendship built from their... See full summary »
As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in... See full summary »
This is a classic early Japanese Ninja movie. The Iga ninjas are a dying breed as Toyotomis rule allows Japan to experience some peace. Juzo, an Iga ninja who had vowed revenge for the ... See full synopsis »
I'm giving it two stars for the amazing footage of the fights
First let me give you the good news. The fight and training scenes are quite good as is the footage of what appears to be a real monastery and cast of dozens in training. If you're a lover of Kung Fu, you'll agree. I trained in White Crane style for years. That's where the good news ends. Bad news is the script flows as smoothly as sour milk. Acting? No. But there's Kung Fu. Often lacking any reason other than to build up to the next fight, entire scenes appear of little value to the overall movie. The screenplay is choppy, from lighting to camera angle. Dark and grainy, angle unchanged for too long, zooming in on nothing of importance. Add to that a musical score that has that old porn movie quality, volume raising suddenly for seemingly no reason, and the genre of music quite odd for this kind of movie. Reminds me of the art house flicks from the French and Italians. Dialogue is at times smooth, by mostly comical, with more than a few mumbles left in, either slipping past the director and editors, or to save film. An example of the acting is how when one character finishes a line, the other pauses a moment, awkwardly long, and suddenly bursts out with feigned energy, smiles appearing more like a grimace. Sometimes, in response to a light-hearted line, others respond with overdone laughter. Each time my attention began to wane, wonky acting and dialogue with that porn music gave me a great laugh. This movie actually reminds me of classic Kung Fu movies from earlier days, poorly dubbed and shoestring budget. The classics, of course, can be excused. Perhaps it's only artistic genius is that Last Kung Fu Monk has managed to recreate the now farcical old time feel in an effort to make a serious martial arts contender. Shoot for serious, end up at funny. Now that's comedy.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this