18 Fingers of Death (2006)





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Screen vets Don "The Dragon" Wilson (Batman Forever, Stealing Harvard) and Bokeem Woodbine (Jason's Lyric, Sniper 2) appear in the chop socky spoof 18 Fingers of Death!, alongside James Lew and Karate Kid mainstay, the late Noriyuki "Pat" Morita. This zany send-up of Asian martial arts films concerns Buford (Lew), a weathered and worn big-screen action star who hits a wall when the big shots axe production on his latest (and most promising) vehicle. Soon, Buford finds himself in the humiliating position of standing on a street corner holding a cardboard sign to advertise himself as available for kung fu work. With no other options in sight, he must wage a martial-arts war to enact vengeance on his producers. Star Lew directs, from his own original script.
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James Lew
as Buford Lee
Lorenzo Lamas
as Antonio Bandana
Robin Shou
as Jackie Chong
Bokeem Woodbine
as Billy Buff
Maurice Patton
as Ronald Mack
Lisa Arturo
as Sushi Cue
Shane Aaron
as Quincy Tarantula
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Pity poor Buford Lee, and pity poor James Lew (who portrays him in this flick), for this film is actually a comedic autobiography. It's a no-holds-barred look at what 30 years of doing everything from modeling kung fu outfits and demonstrating equipment in martial arts magazines to catch-me-if-you-can cameos on tv's KUNG FU to being killed and/or having his butt kicked by stars including the likes of Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Seagal, Norris, Van Damme, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Charlie Sheen, Brandon Lee, and even Sarah Michelle Gellar for God's sake can do to a guy who just wants to be a kung fu movie star. And even when he gets his own feature films he isn't even pictured on the front cover! Talk about lack of respect? Rodney Dangerfield was deified compared to this guy. This is not a parody of the life of Jackie Chan as has been suggested elsewhere, this is a satire of Lew's own life as he approaches his mid-forties and realizes that it ain't gonna get any better than this. He is never gonna be a big movie star--but that's okay. Like Buford he remains indefatigable and cheerfully optimistic in the face of reality.

karen shaub
karen shaub

Not as funny as the trailer made it seem, but then again I think it was just the set-up or the directing. IT did have funny moments but then again it had just plain moments.

Kat Slof
Kat Slof

(**): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I love martial arts films and this spoof does provide some laughs about the genre. I just wish it would have been funnier. Too bad.


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