Monday, June 15, 2015

Strike of the Panther (1988)

aka Fists of Blood

How bad is it? It has the second-worst fight scene I think I've seen.
Should you see it? Yes, for the climactic fight.
This is a sequel to "Day of the Panther," which I may have to review later (it's worse, but not as entertaining). It's an Australian ninja film, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, who isn't always a hack. There's ten minutes of recycled footage from the first film, a laugh-out-loud bad dancing sequence, a rather tasteful sex scene and a throw-away gag involving a chicken suit, a bad guy who's always on the phone and then the hand-to-hand fight sequences that would be quite good if the leading character had less terrible opponents. There's sexual innuendo between uncle and niece, a bomb needing to be defused, and then the final abandoned power station fight involving nunchuks, baseball bats and knives. Put your brain on hold and it's worth a watch.

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