Posts Tagged ‘Martial Arts’

lady bloodfightEvery once in a while, we here at Moshpits and Movies like do something new here called Tuesday Night Fights when the proper film is made available to us. For example, we just recently did Arnold Schwarzenegger against The Predator from the film Predator or a while ago when we did Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris from Way Of The Dragon. So for this week’s special presentation brought to you courtesy of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we are ditching the guys and seeing how bad ass the ladies can be when we check out Lady Bloodfight. Two fighters named Shu (Muriel Hofmann) and Wai (Kathy Wu) battled to a draw in the finals of a Kumite. Wai was unhappy with the council calling it a draw so the council made a decision that each one would have to find someone to take their place at the very next Kumite. After nine months of searching, each one stumbles upon a girl they deem is worthy. For Shu, its in the form of American girl Jane Jones (Amy Johnston), who is in search of answers, but wants to participate in the Kumite in hopes of getting it. For Wai, it’s in the form of the cocky thief who has some skills in Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After months of training they are put to the test. The film also stars Jet Tranter (Thor: Ragnarok) as Cassidy, Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman) as Svietta Chekhov, Kirt Kishita (Ghost In The Shell) as Mr. Sang, and the film was directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss Of The Dragon).

TNF Chekhov vs JonesJane Jones’s (Johnston) road to the finals was a little different than that of her counterpart Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After a win in the opening round that almost saw her lose, she lost her sensei after she was caught beating up some dudes that had stolen her bag in the beginning of the film. She also witnessed the death of a new friend in Cassidy at the hands of her semifinal opponent, the ruthless Russian Svietta Chekhov. After taking her time coming out, Jane made her way to the mat to face what could be her toughest opponent in Chekhov. Chekhov started the match as the aggressor, but Jones was keeping her cool the whole time as she avoided the initial attack and was able to get a roundhouse kick to the jaw. After some grappling, Chekhov was able to get some elbows to the midsection and had our heroine in a head scissors lock. The damage was done and Jones was dazed and confused. Chekhov took full advantage of it with a full mount on the ground and she started pounding away with some vicious rights and lefts that left Jones out. As the council woman began to announce Chekhov as the winner, she stopped as Jones began showing life. Jones began breaking apart Chekhov with some brutal kicks and even a superman punch that sent her to the mat. She ended the match with a brutal roundhouse kick that knocked Chekhov out for good. Jones was in the finals awaiting her opponent Ling Chow.

TNF Jones Vs ChowThere was a lot of damage done to Jones coming into the final match, but that didn’t stop her or her sensei from showing up to take on Ling Chow who had gone through less damage throughout the tournament. Ling Chow was smart in the opening minutes of the match hitting her with a backhand that opened up a chance to hit her damaged rib cage which she did, but that didn’t deter the American. Ling was trying to force Jones outside of the lines which would mean a win for Ling, but Jones had something to prove. She was still taking some punishment though with some mean hits to the ribs and back as well as some lethal strikes to the head. Jones was trying to fight back as she was able to get a good shot to the stomach with a nice kick, but Ling was merciless and kept on the attack eventually hitting Jones with a shot to the ear that affected her ear drum. It was then that a little bit of inspiration came her way that may deliver a bit of a boost for the match in the form of a vision of her father.

TNF Jones Vs Chow 2Jones would come at Ling hard with three straight round house kicks that found their mark sending the favorite to the mat. Jones was on a roll as every kick and punch was finding their mark on Ling who had no answer for this miraculous comeback that we were witnessing from Jones. Then when we least expected it with Ling toeing the line of being eliminated if she crosses it, she gets hit with a Bruce Lee like thrust kick that launches her way out of the ring and into the water making Jones the winner of the match and the Kumite. After the match, Sang revealed that he had killed Wai’s brother and that he had not committed suicide over Shu as Wai had always thought. They would go on to bring the circle back together and they started a school together and everyone lived happily ever after. I thought that this was actually a pretty decent film even though it sort of follows the formula of Bloodsport, but they do make it their own. The fight scenes are pretty good as you get into the film, but the opening of the film could have been better. I thought the acting was actually pretty good despite not knowing a lot of the women in the film. The one problem I had with it was if you’re trying to make a serious Women’s Kung Fu film, then why have the bathroom scene when all the women first get together? It didn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re trying to target an all male crowd. Nonetheless, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because I enjoyed it.

28It has been quite some time since I reviewed a film of any nature and I wanted to try something new. We have been doing Ass Whooping Wednesdays for quite some time that I wanted to try something new and I came up with Tuesday Night Fights where we take those films where there is an obvious showdown in it and we review the fight. The first film we are checking out is Way Of The Dragon which is the 1972 films that Bruce Lee starred, wrote, and directed. In the film Bruce Lee plays Tang Lung, a Kung Fu expert from Hong Kong who is sent to Rome to help some relatives get rid of a problem they are having with some local thugs who wanted to steal the family business. In the film, Tang Lung will do battle with an American Karate champion who is a man simply known to us and the world as Colt (Chuck Norris). The film also stars Nora Miao (The Big Boss) as Chen Ching Hua, Robert Wall (Enter The Dragon) as Bob, Ing-Sik Whang (The Young Master) as Japanese Fighter, Jon T. Benn (The Man With The Iron Fists) as The Boss,  Chung-Hsin Huang (The Chinese Connection) as Uncle Wang, and Little Unicorn (Shaolin Drunk Fighter) as Jimmy.

lee-vs-norris-copyTang Lung had to fight a couple of guys that day just to get to Colt who was awaiting his arrival (overall, he has beaten up to 22 guys at this point). As he stares into the ruins, he finds Colt up high in the air and you can feel the anticipation of the fight. A little worm by the name of Ho (Ping Ou Wei) tries to distract him by chanting things, but that doesn’t our Kung Fu master. When they finally meet, they warm up real quick to get themselves loose for the fight. After jockying to see who was going to land the first real hit, Chuck was able to get a roundhouse kick that sent Lee to the ground. Norris would continue the onslaught with some punches that connected, but as soon as he flipped him to the ground, Bruce grabbed a bunch of Norris’s chest hair and tore some hair off. It looked hopeless for Lee as Norris was on top of the fight with some big kicks, but that didn’t discourage Lee at all. Bleeding from the lip and a nice bruise on his cheek, Lee quickly re-accessed the situation. Norris tried to land kick after kick, but Lee was either blocking them or dodging them.

lee-vs-norris-copy-2Lee began to strike Norris, but Norris was blocking the kicks although he now looked a little worried. Then out of nowhere, Lee connected with some kicks to the head that shook the American champion and sent him reeling to the ground. It was over at this point, Norris couldn’t see anything that was coming from Lee whether it be some nice punches to the head or chest and stomach area or the kicks that rocked him to the ground. After connecting with some punches and driving Norris against a wall, Bruce broke his hand and his leg. Barely able to stand on both his legs, Norris never gave up, but he lunged at Lee who put him into a headlock and snapped his neck ending the fight and making him the winner at the 6:08 mark in the fight. Lee honored him like he was a true warrior after the fight by paying respect to his opponent.

kickboxer-vengeanceOne of my all time favorite Jean Claude Van Damme films has always been Kickboxer not just because of how awesome Van Damme was, but also how cool Tong Po was too. In Hollywood, they are always remaking films and if you guessed it then the answer is yes. Our film for today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays is the new film Kickboxer: Vengeance. Eric Sloane (Darren Shahlavi) champions himself a really good fighter who has just won gold with the help of his little bro Kurt (Alain Moussi). Despite Kurt’s wishes, Eric travels to Thailand to take on Muay Thai champion Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt will eventually go to see the fight, but when he does, he witnesses his brothers death in the ring. Kurt swears that he will get his revenge against Tong Po so he trains with a local Muay Thai trainer named Durand (Van Damme). The film also stars Gina Carano (Deadpool) as Marcia, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse) as Liu, Georges St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Kavi, T.J. Storm (Punisher: War Zone) as Storm, Hawn Tran (Heist) as Tran, Sam Medina (Keanu) as Crawford, MMA Fighter Cain Velasquez as King’s Fighter, and the film was directed by John Stockwell (Turistas). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats:

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kbv-copyAs far as the stats are concerned, Alain has about 30 kills/knock outs in the film and he doesn’t really have an origin story other than the training he receives. We also know that he attempted to take Tong Po’s life before he went for the training. He does have a love interest in the sexiest cop ever in Liu and he has a sexual conquest with her. Someone close to him does get hurt and it’s actually the death of his brother that drives him. He does defeat the big boss and you do know that this is a remake of the original film right? I loved the fact that Jean Claude Van Damme was in the film because the man is just full of charisma and in the original film he had tons of it. Alain was lacking a little bit of it in this film, but he did a great job overall. Dave Bautista was an amazing villain to have and he made Tong Po look even more dangerous than before with his size. As you can tell by my comment about the sexiest cop alive, it bothered me a little bit because she is way too attractive to be a cop. Nevertheless, she was great eye candy as was Gina Carano when she was on screen. It was cool that they had actual MMA fighters in the film as well to give a little authentic feel to it. Jean Claude Van Damme was a scene stealer when he was on and it’s why you should watch. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade because the original still kicks ass.

hard-target-2When I was a kid growing up, I was a huge fan of Jean Claude Van Damme and all of his films. I have been becoming a huge fan of Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) as of late so when I saw that he was starring in Hard Target 2 which is the sequel to Van Damme’s film, I decided to watch it for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Wes Baylor (Adkins) is one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts, but when he kills his best friend in the ring during a match, he can’t handle the guilt so he quits. After disappearing and taking underground fights in Thailand, he is contacted by a business man offering him a big payday. There’s only one catch, he is to be hunted by a group of rich hunters. If he can make it to the border he lives, but if he doesn’t he dies. The film also stars Robert Knepper (Hitman) as Aldrich, Rhona Mitra (The Number 23) as Sofia, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith) as Madden, Ann Truong (Hunters) as Tha, Adam Saunders (Blue Water High) as Esparto, Peter Hardy (Chopper) as Jacob Zimling, Sean Keenan (Strangerland) as Tobias Zimling, and the film was directed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2). Before we check out the review of the film, let’s take a look at the stats:

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hard-target-2-1-800x416The stats for this film were straightforward and sometimes a little tricky with certain questions. In the film Scott has about 26 kills/knockouts and I put an no next to origin story because we don’t know much about him other than he killed his best friend in a match. I wasn’t sure what to put for an answer as far as love interest was concerned because we don’t really know if he becomes a thing with Tha. As far as the next question s concerned, he did kill his best friend and Tha is also under attack as well. The big boss is defeated, but as always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I am really starting to become a big fan of Scott Adkins (I review Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear before) and he’s been in some films that I loved like The Expendables 2, etc. I’m not positive if I’ve seen the original Hard Target, but this wasn’t a bad film on it’s own. Sure, it’s basically a martial arts version of The Most Dangerous Game, but that’s what Hollywood and everyone else does. They rehash old ideas and they try to disguise them as fresh new ideas.The martial arts action in the film is pretty sick and I love all of the fight scenes with Adkins as a fighter before he joins the hunt. Those were some pretty sick fight scenes in the film for sure. You have to love the scenic shots of Thailand both in the city and in the jungle that are provided to you in the film including the closing credits. It wasn’t a bad action movie and of course you know what you’re getting with them. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

the-medallion123For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I searched the internet far and wide to find a film that peaked my interest. I settled on a Jackie Chan (Rumble In The Bronx) film that I had never seen in The Medallion. In the film Chan plays a Hong Kong detective named Eddie who is hot on the trail of a criminal named Snakehead (Julian Sands). When he gets close to Snakehead, he finds out that Snakehead is after the chosen one Jai (Alex Bao) for a medallion. After an accident finds him dead, Jai uses the medallion to bring him back to life and it turns him into a super warrior. Now with the help of Interpol agents, he has to stop Snakehead from getting his hands on it. The film also stars Lee Evans (The Fifth Element) as Arthur Watson, Claire Forlani (Green Street Hooligans) as Nicole James, John Rhys-Davies (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring) as Cmdr. Hammerstock-Smythe, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong (The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor) as Lester, Christy Chung (The Defender) as Charlotte Watson, Johann Myers (Black Hawk Down) as Giscard, and the film was directed by Gordon Chan (Fist Of Legend). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats: 

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The-Medallion-jackie-chan-7835711-500-281As far as the stats are concerned, Jackie Chan has about 21 1/2 kills/knockouts in the film and he has a 1/2 because Watson finished off one of the guys. He doesn’t really have an origin story in the film even though you figure out he had a past relationship with someone and that person is ultimately his love interest. I put a question mark after whether anyone close got hurt because even I am unsure. The boy gets kidnapped, but he’s not really family even though he does save him and Watson’s family is targeted. So, I’ll leave it to all of you to be the judges on that one. The big boss is defeated in the film, but as always you have to watch it to figure out how. While some of the martial arts action in the film was decent, this was actually a pretty cheesy film from beginning to end. The villains were cheesy, the partnership with Lee Evans was cheesy, and some of the fight choreography was cheesy. I thought Jackie Chan was great, but the rest of the cast were kind of awful and awkward. Julian Sands isn’t a bad actor, just didn’t favor him in this film and his sidekick who does all his bidding is cheesy as well. The film was too over the top at times as far as the comedy was concerned which I think is what bothered me the most. I don’t know, I think it was worth at least one watch, but other than that I would say no. I am going to give the film 2.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

Heropage-980x560_45For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, I wanted to finish something that i had started some months ago when I began watching a series about the famous Grandmaster Ip Man. Now I present to you what seems like the final film in the Wilson Yip (IP Man) directed series in IP Man 3. The film once again follows IP Man (Donnie Yen) as he is a lot older (because Bruce Lee is now a teenager), but not a lot has changed in Hong Kong since we last seen him. The city is now being run by a notorious boxing gangster named Frank (Mike Tyson) and he is trying to buy up all the schools in Hong Kong to try and close them down, but IP Man will not stand for it. IP Man also has to answer the challenge of a jealous Wing Chun master by the name of Cheung Tin-chi (Max Zhang) while also trying to take care of his sick wife (Lynn Hung). The film also stars Patrick Tam (Port Of Call) as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng (Magic To Win) as Miss Hong, Kai-Chung Cheung (Keeper Of Darkness) as Chui Lek, Kent Cheng (IP Man 2) as Fatso, Ka-Yan Leung (The Man With The Iron Fists) as Master Tin, and Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu Hustle) as Bruce Lee. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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ip-man-3-movie-reviewFirst of all, I want to start off by saying that if you loved the first two films then you will definitely love this as it definitely does not disappoint at all. Alright with that being said, let’s look at the stats. As far as the kills/knockouts are concerned for this film, I am saying that the final number is 68, but that’s +/- 5 with it being more on the plus side. What I mean by that is that I could swear the final number was 74, but I used the minus side of five for my final total. Just like the last film, this is all his origin story and he is married. As far as anyone getting hurt in the film, his son is kidnapped and his wife is sick. The big boss is definitely defeated, but like always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I loved this film for the simple reasons of the different styles of fights and fighter styles. He fights a Thai fighter (who I am pretty sure fights Muai Thai), he fights a boxer (Tyson), and he fights someone who is a master in his own style. That leads for an awesome film and as you can imagine the fight scenes are incredible, the fight choreography is perfection so what are you waiting for. If you are a fan of Martial Arts films, then you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Of course, I am not stopping here because there are more films based on Yip Man, but so far this is the best series I have watched. I am going to give this film five fists out of five for a final grade.

falcon rIt has been quite some time since the last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post that I did and like I promised it would return. Now the question was what film was I going to choose for the return and Falcon Rising caught my eye on Netflix. Michael Jai White (Tyson) stars as John ‘Falcon’ Chapman, a former Marine who is having a hard time adjusting to life after the military. One day after a visit from his sister Cindy (Laila Ali), he finds out that she was brutally beaten almost to death in Brazil. So, John travels down to Brazil to get to the bottom of it, but he’ll have to deal with the corruption that runs wild in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The film also stars Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Manny Ridley, Lateef Crowder (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Carlo Bororo, Masashi Odate (Letters From Iwo Jima) as Hirimoto, Hazuki Kato (Muppets Most Wanted) as Tomoe, Millie Ruperto (Presumed Dead In Paradise) as Katarina Da’ Silva, Jimmy Navarro (Heroes From Another Land) as Thiago Santo, Daniel Cardona (The Preppie Connection) as Kuka, and the film was directed by Ernie Barbarash (Cube Zero). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:

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falcon risingAlright, lets look at the stats here as Michael Jai White racked up 34 kills/knockouts with an epic fight at the end of the film. The only thing we really know about his past is that he has flashbacks to the time he was in the military and that he has PTSD. That is pretty much all we know which is why I wrote somewhat. He has no love interest in the film, but his sister is practically beaten to death which is good motivation to want to get them back and believe me he gets the job done. I have to be honest and say that while I did enjoy the film, I am so used to White playing the part of a villain rather than the role of a hero. It took a little getting used to because I still think he makes a better villain. The film has some pretty awesome fight scenes in it though like the one towards the end of the film, but there are just times in the film when things get awkward. There is one moment when he is beating the crap out of someone and then all of a sudden they are OK with each other. That is essentially the only thing really wrong about the film other than the liquor store robbery scene which was corny as hell. According to one source, they are apparently working on a sequel to the film and you know me, I’ll probably check it out and post it here. Nevertheless, this isn’t that bad of a film because it is an action film after all. I am going to give the film 3.6 fists out of five for a final grade.