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No Holds Barred

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 22 - 2014

No Holds Barred (1989)
Director: Thomas J. Wright
Writers: Dennis Hackin
Starring: Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance, Kurt Fuller, and Tommy “Tiny” Lister.



The Plot: Rip (Hulk Hogan) is the World Wrestling Federation champion, and if there’s one thing you can say about him: he is loyal. So, when Brell (Kurt Fuller), the head of the World Television Network, tries to persuade Rip to jump ship and join his network, he turns him down flat. Brell isn’t used to being turned down though, so a war is immediately declared between the two men. This leads Brell on a quest to find someone equally as magnetic and tough as Rip, which leads him to some local dive bars that are packed with numerous roughnecks who fight in no-holds-barred fighting competitions. Brell decides to make these vulgar events into television history and gives them the name, “Battle of the Tough Guys.” During the first event, Brell finds his man. A monster known as Zeus (Tommy “Tiny” Lister) steps forward and destroys the competition. Soon, Brell is doing everything in his power to set up Zeus vs. Rip, and he will go to any length necessary to make this match happen.


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Special ID

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 24 - 2014

Special ID (2013)
Director: Clarence Fok
Writers: Kam-Yuen Szeto
Starring: Donnie Yen, Tian Jing, Andy On and Colin Chou.



The Plot: Donnie Yen plays Chan (aka Dragon), an undercover officer from the Hong Kong police department. He has been rooted into the world of Hong Kong organized crime for such a long period of time that he has now covered his body with tattoos and completely changed his way of life. When things get a bit too hot back in Hong Kong, Dragon is sent as a “Special Identity” to the mainland where he is to interact with his former student Sunny (Andy On). When he arrives, he is paired with mainland officer Fang Jing (played by Tian Jing) and this duo must find a way to bring down Sunny while also keeping Dragon safe, which may be a lot trickier than it sounds.


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Scorpion Thunderbolt

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 31 - 2013

Scorpion Thunderbolt (1985)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Juliet Chan, Bernard Tsui, and Maura Fong



The Plot: Okay, let’s try and piece this one together. There are two stories that are unfolding within Scorpion Thunderbolt, and within this IFD product, Godfrey Ho and company barely try to tie them together at all. In the larger storyline made up from Taiwanese/Korean horror film known as Grudge of the Sleepwalking Woman (thanks to Kenny B. and Jesus PĂ©rez Molina for this info), we find a series of murders have been taking place and there appears to be no clear suspect. Enter inspector Jackie Ko and his partner Miss Lee. Although it seems highly implausible, all signs are pointing to a killer that is not human. Our police officers soon run into photographic journalist Helen who is just as curious about this case as they are, but Helen holds a rather dark secret behind her beauty. At the same time that all of this is happening, Richard (Richard Harrison) finds that he is at odds with a vampire witch (who has metal claws and plays the bongos throughout the entire movie) who desperately wants a ring that has been passed down within his family for generations. Richard fights some random people and gets to kiss on a naked chick’s boobs, all in a day’s work.


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Diamond Ninja Force

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013

Diamond Ninja Force (1986)
Director: Godfrey Ho
Writers: Godfrey Ho
Starring: Richard Harrison, Melvin Pitcher, Andy Chrorowsky, Pierre Tremblay, and Kong Do



The Plot: Diamond Ninja Force tells the story of an ancient battle between ninja sects… kinda. In a previous ninja war, the Diamond Ninja Force had defeated the nefarious Black Ninja Clan. After the war concluded, the Black Ninja Clan had their dead buried in a secluded area that has went undisturbed for numerous years. In the present, however, this hidden graveyard is in the process of being dug into by a wealthy land owner. The Black Ninja Clan, who desperately wants this land, decide to kill off the land owner by unleashing a curse on him. This curse somehow transfers to the land owner’s daughter who is now being haunted after she, her husband, and their son Bobo have moved into a new home. They call up their good friend Gordon (Richard Harrison), who also happens to be a member of the Diamond Ninja Force, who steps in to attempt to rid them of these evil spirits.


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Tiger on the Beat 2

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013

Tiger on the Beat 2 (1990)
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Writers: Cheung Lai-Ling and Kelvin Wong
Starring: Danny Lee, Conan Lee, and Ellen Chan



The Plot: In this sequel to Tiger on Beat, we follow police officer Sgt. Lam Yik Lim (Danny Lee) as he is tasked with finding a wife for his nephew Buffalo (Conan Lee). Buffalo has come to Hong Kong from The United States and often finds himself getting into trouble, which gets his uncle in trouble by proxy. Almost as soon as Buffalo gets off the boat, he finds himself in a bar fight while trying to protect a young woman named Sweet Dream (Ellen Chan). Unknown to Buffalo, this young woman is a hustler who ultimately leaves him hanging out to dry once the police arrive. Soon after this, Sweet Dream ends up as the witness to a murder, but because of her reputation as a thief/hustler, no one believes her. That doesn’t stop the triads from putting a price on her head. As Sweet Dream tries to evade the numerous killers that are now on her trail, she teams up with Buffalo who still doesn’t believe her story – but is slowly falling for the young woman. Before long, Buffalo and Sgt. Lim are both in the middle of a personal war against these violent triads.


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