When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents, the only person he can trust is Ryan, a Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father.
Brandon Ma is an average Joe but his best friend, Michael, is a sinister drug dealer with a crush on Brandon's girlfriend, May. When Michael murders a dirty cop and frames his friend, sending him to jail, Brandon returns for vengeance.
Waxman is a former Special Forces soldier who is now working as a heavily armed assassin for a top secret government agency. When a covert mission goes terribly wrong, Waxman and fellow assassin Clegg become that agency's prime targets.
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
When a terrorist group steals the US President's personal communications computer for launching the US arsenal in case of war, only a heroic Major has the key to prevent a Presidential assassination or a nuclear holocaust.
Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan. Now he is on the trail of ruthless Yakuza leader named Yoshido, who helped establish a small Japanese area in Los Angeles and is now running a drug ring disguised as a brewery. However, Kenner must team up with a Japanese-American detective named Johnny Murata, and he also must protect a witness named Minako who would testify against Yoshido. But what Kenner will soon discover that he will be in a lot more than what he bargained for.Written by
Despite a theatrical run in the United States (limited to 140 screens) and a few countries (Italy, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea), Warner Bros ultimately released the film directly to video in most countries. See more »
Early in the film, a dummy can clearly be seen in the driver's seat of the car just before it is crushed. See more »
Listen, will you do this right? Clean? Like a cop in the 20th century, not some samurai warrior? We're gonna nail this guy. And when we get done... we're gonna go eat fish off those naked chicks!
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US version rated 'R' (released in vhs, laserdisc, and dvd in the US) is cut (totalling 13 seconds) as follows:
The party in the pool lost a shot of an Oriental man walking with a topless woman
Several shots of Yoshida caressing Angel before choping her head are deleted
The exact chopping of Angel's head is shown in two different angles, but only one in the R version.
When the coroner opens the body bag, in the unrated version we get to enjoy two shots completely of Angel's seperated head, but the R has only one intact.
When Kenner stabs the fat guy under water, one brief shot of Kenner twisting the knife in the stomach while blood pours out, is removed. The cut FI-version is based on the full, unrated uncut version, so it features almost all material cut from it!
You have to keep only one thing in mind: Dorf (oops--Dolph) Lundgren as someone who speaks fluent Japanese is no more ridiculous than Dolph Lundgren as someone who speaks fluent English. And the vision of Dolph Lundgren running around in a hakama, happi coat, and handband, while waving a katana in one hand, is so hysterical that it's worth the couple of bucks to rent the movie.
And great flubs, too, like the scene in which the evil villain is mashing someone up in an auto crusher, and we get a clear shot of the dummy's head in the car, between scenes of the potential victim yelling for help. Rarely to we get to see such blatantly bad film editing. Or the two nude scenes in which the body double has breasts four times the size of the heroine's, and they can't even make it look like it's the same woman. Or the point at which poor Brandon Lee has to compliment Dolph on the size of his, well, you just have to hear it.
Whoever choreographed the Japanese sword fight scene, however, needs to be spanked.
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