“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
No Blood, No Surrender (186)
The people who have trashed this film seem to have missed the fact that it's a parody. It's a Filipino version of "Rambo" - there are others - starring the least brawny leading man possible, and I'm including Weng Weng. Speaking of Weng Weng, this film's star, Palito, also did a James Bond spoof, which I can't find a copy of. "Samson" is subjected to bullying that seems inspired by the Three Stooges, until he can't take it any more and fights back. The humor comes from seeing toughs getting beaten by a small skinny guy (plus things like his character being named "Samson"). Action star Fernando Poe makes a cameo. Humor doesn't translate well, but this is not so-bad-it's-good.