Bridge of Dragons (1999)
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A military leader who is drunk with power tries to take control of a rival kingdom in this rumble in the jungle Dolph Lundgren action thriller. The young princess who helps guide the nation flees for her life, and a champion warrior (Lundgren) is set out by the crazed general to capture her. But before his assignment is completed, the warrior finds his loyalties are severely tested.
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as The Warrior
as Princess Halo
as The Registrar
as The Tailor
as Arena Ring Master
as Renegade Leader
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This odd action flick isn't too bad in spots but its still horrendously bad in the acting and action department and yet another very poor film from an increasingly desperate seeming Dolph Lundgren. Here Dolph faces off against cult character actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa which is a big plus as Cary is a good baddie and has unique characteristics just like our beloved Lance Henriksen. Cary actually looks the part for 'M. Bison' in 'SFII' if you ask me, he would of been perfect for the role and you can see why in this film.
Its a weird flick set in an odd future where the baddies dress in Nazi uniforms (lol! unintended I'm sure), there is a king and Princess and everything has a 'Mad Max' feel to it. The action sequences are terrible as usual with some of the worst extras I've seen, but there are some nice martial arts moves from Cary, Shane (warrior princess) and Dolph. The film does have a slight Japanese/Chinese manga/martial arts movie feel running through at times which does save it ever so slightly but the dodgy chopper sequences ruin any chance of redemption.
Sadly, there's a severe lack of dragons in this. Once past that fact, this is a wonderful mix of genres: Fantasy kingdoms & princesses, post-apocalyptic future, material arts choreography, elements of Aladdin and Robin Hood, etc. Headlining: Dolph "He-Man" Lundgren vs Cary-Hiroyuki "Shang Tsung" Tagawa. I can't think of anything that could be more Rob-baity for me. For all those alone an instant positive review. On the negative, it is of course on the cheap side, the action isn't thrilling, and there's not enough cool world building. But, hey, at least they made a movie no one else is making.
A near perfect film, Isaac Florentine's B-movie masterpiece, Bridge of Dragons, stars Dolph Lundgren, Valerie Chow, Cary Tagawa, and that dude who got caught humping that lady in the closet by Dalton in Roadhouse. If you rent this, you will most definitely NOT be disappointed.
Warchyld (Lundgren) has been given the task of finding the AWOL princess Halo (played by Chow, who for some reason goes by Rachel Shane here) by the evil warlord Reuchang (Tagawa). Along the way, trained killer falls for little hottie, and realizes his benefactor isn't such a nice guy after all. Said trained killer hooks up with rebel alliance and takes down the baddie, all the while getting the girl, Dolph style. Simple plot, right? What's most important to remember while watching this movie are the little details that make it so great- it's always fun when you're viewing something,and it looks like the sets and wardrobe are just taken from a dozen different movies and mixed together. In this "alternative future" setting, the mishmash of sets and clothes works to its advantage. You got WWII era uniforms mixing with clothes taken from 'Masters of the Universe, mix in some Road Warrior stuff with modern-day US army outfits, and bam! Pure B movie hilarity.
Lundgren plays this all with a straight face- the majority of the time. There are moments when I feel he's kind of nodding to the viewer and "in on the joke." Tagawa is equally classic as the bad guy, and delivers his usual great performance. He and Dolph square off for the second time here (the first being 'Showdown in Little Tokyo,' another Dolph classic), and I tell you, I'm waiting for part three anxiously. Oh yeah, did I mention the guy who gets caught humping the girl in the closet by Dalton in Road House is here, and he plays Dolph's buddy? Go ahead and rent this, you'll be so glad you did.
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