Bloodfight (Final Fight) (Sportfight) (1983)
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After his student gets killed in Hong Kong's World Championship Tournament, a martial arts mastercomes out of retirement to avenge his death. Final Fight depends too much on trying to emulate other films of it's kind (ex. Bloodsport, Rocky IV, Karate Kid). We have the baddie protagonist in Chang Lee (Bolo Yeung), again being the sole opponent everyone has to beat to say they're the best. Bolo Yeung looks amazing here, considerably taking command of the entire film. The acting could use with some cleaning up, but we're presented with an Asian film that doesn't use subtitles or voice-overs. I give Final Fight that much, at least it tries. With a bigger budget and some better choreography, Final Fight would have surpassed Bloodsport. The storyline was heartfelt, even though the dialogue was choppy and a little difficult to follow along at times. The matches had some ferocity to them, but that pesky camera seemed to zoom in on all the wrong angles. The funny thing about this film is how it mirrors Rocky IV on it's training sequences, completely turning into a parody of it. I can't see Bolo Yeung training in such a fashion. He belongs in a dungeon surrounded by iron maidens and dodging flying arrows thrown from various mechanisms; not all proper and fairy-like. At least the final match wasn't cheesy, having Chang Lee completely decimate his opponent and throwing some massive POV shots. Kai (Yasuaki Kurata), who is no Van Damme, handles his own in the bout, rising up and out of his beating and overcoming Lee quite triumphantly. It seems the character of Yeoung still has a weak stomach, which Kai pays special attention to here; culminating on some jumping kicks that have an air of familiarity to them. Unlike Bloodsport, the blows that are dealt rattle intensively; just in need of a little fine-tuning and more concentration on the other competitors.
Awesome! Bolo Yeung, Simon Yam and Yasuaki Kurata all in one movie with tons of asskicking. The movie Bloodsport should have tried harder to be like. A really fun film that you can probably find for $3 in any department store.
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