Saturday, April 8, 2017

Operation Golden Phoenix (1994)

How bad is it? Amateurish martial arts flick.
Should you see it? Probably not.

Jalal Mehri was a Lebanese martial artist and this was his directorial debut, making himself the star. Much of his dialogue is hard to understand because he has a very heavy accent. James Hong is the only recognizable actor. The plot revolves around an amulet - then two amulets - which have to be put together to make a map. The film is heavily padded, with a lot of travel scenes in Beirut and even watching the star read a map. The pacing is snail slow, there are a lot of improbable coincidences, the climactic fight is not choreographed well (if at all) and the boom mike is visible in the final scene.

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