Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Karate Cop (1974)

aka Slaughter in San Francisco, aka Yellow Faced Tiger

How bad is it? It's not Chuck Norris' worst, but it's down there.
Should you see it? Sure.

Early in his career, Chuck Norris played the bad guy in martial arts films because a white guy wasn't believable as the hero (hey! Reverse stereotyping!) and this Wei Lo-directed film is a generally entertaining chop-socky (oops, my bad). Don Wong, playing "Don Wong," is a cop set on cleaning up police corruption when his partner gets killed and he gets set up for it. It's the sound that makes this fun to watch: Chuck has an English accent, dogs bark without opening their mouths, sirens just go off inside police stations for no reason and every punch or kick sounds the same, like maybe a whip crack. The final fight sequence is anti-climactic.

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