Thursday, December 29, 2016

Live by the Fist (1993)

aka American Kickboxer 2

How bad is it? Poor Filipino prison flick.
Should you see it? No.

Something went seriously wrong in the world when women in prison films got replaced with martial artists in prison films. Van Damme's "Death Warrant" is okay, but this seems to be in the "Bloodfist" line and not even good by that standard [and it has little to do with "American Kickboxer," which this was supposedly a sequel to]. Kickboxer Jerry Trimble (who?) stars in this film directed by Cirio Santiago - a regular on this blog - and produced (or at least released) by Roger Corman - who's all over this blog. A former Navy SEAL tries to stop a gang rape, gets accused of killing the girl, goes to prison and then fights to survive for the remainder of the 75 minutes. George Takei shows up, surprisingly. It's all by the numbers, the fights aren't interesting and the best part is a helicopter getting blown up by shotgun.

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