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Firecracker (1981)

R | | Action, Drama, Thriller | May 1981 (USA)
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Femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.

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Cirio H. Santiago

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Ken Metcalfe (story), Cirio H. Santiago (story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jillian Kesner ... Susanne Carter
Darby Hinton ... Chuck Donner
Rey Malonzo ... Rey (as Raymond King)
Ken Metcalfe ... Erik, The Arena's Boss
Pete Cooper Pete Cooper ... Pete, San Francis Bar Owner (as Peter Cooper)
Don Gordon Bell ... Gladiator (as Don Bell)
Carolyn Smith Carolyn Smith ... Bonny Carter
Chanda Romero ... Malow
Tony Ferrer ... Tony
Vic Diaz ... Grip
Omar Camar Omar Camar ... Aikido Fighter
Rubiah Suparman Rubiah Suparman
Yasmin Yusuff Yasmin Yusuff
Malik Selamat Malik Selamat ... (as Malik Salamat)
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Femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1981 (USA) See more »

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Naked Fist See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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UK video versions are cut by 3m 53s for an '18' rating. See more »

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Unapologetic martial arts / mixed fighting fest
3 August 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

The plot is of secondary importance: something about a female karate champion who goes to the Phillipines to investigate her sister's disappearance and stumbles on a drug ring and a tournament of no-holds-barred fights to the death. The film is mainly a showcase for the beautiful, athletic, voluptuous woman and convincing, tough fighter Jillian Kesner - and I have no complaints there: she has about 10 fight scenes in this movie, the first one of which occurs after only 2 minutes! The production is very cheap, but the fight choreography is actually quite good - not exactly on the level of early Jackie Chan but certainly vastly preferable to the heavily wired, computer-enhanced crap that so often passes for martial arts today. The long scene in which Kesner ends up topless as she tries to fight off two attackers is not just exploitation, but almost a statement: here is this undressed, unarmed, completely feminine woman and these two men can't touch her, can't even go near her without getting hurt. I'm surprised this B-movie mini-classic is so little known today. (**1/2)


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