Since Mike and David are bitter enemies, Lillian tells them that either one of them could be the little girl's father, so they both go out on their own to rescue the kidnapped child. While Lillian deals with her conniving ga y Uncle Francis Greg Lewis to scrape together the ransom money, Mike and David do their separate investigations, which leads them to the same person: When the manager ends up dead, Mike and David reluctantly agree to work together in their common goal to rescue what each believes to be his daughter.
That doesn't mean that they don't get into the occasional dust-up with each other, though. After following a tip that the helicopter pilot hangs out at a bar frequented by mercenaries I smell a bar fight!
They rescue a young prostitute, who gives them their next clue to the location of the little girl. That location is a warehouse where Xavier holds illegal martial arts competitions. It's also where the little girl is being held. Mike and David get themselves into a pickle when they are captured and forced to fight each other to the death by Xavier.
They are saved by a private detective hired by Howard, who grabs the little girl and takes off without them. The finale finds that the kidnapping was actually orchestrated by Howard, who plans on killing Lillian and her daughter in order to inherit Lillian's family fortune.
Mike and David arrive in the nick of time and foil the plot, but the question remains: Who is the father, Mike or David? I'm afraid we never find out, as the film majorly cops-out in the final scene. This Philippines-lensed actioner suffers immensely from the outrageously bad acting talents of Dale "Apollo" Cook misspelled "Appollo" in the opening credits , who spends the majority of his screen time emoting with a toothpick between his teeth, and bulky Evan Lurie, whose monotone line delivery not to mention hair so oily, Saudi Arabia might want to look into drilling into his head makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look Shakespearean in comparison.
Some of the action scenes are quite lively, as people are thrown through doors and windows, riddled with bullets lots of bloody squibs or simply beaten to a pulp, but believe me when I tell you this: Director Jodi could have made a much better film if he simply made his two actors mute and had them communicating with each other using sign language, although I'm sure that many middle fingers would have to be shown.
The fact that we never find out who the little girl's father is also hurt my opinion of the film. In the end, we're led to believe that Mike, David and Lillian live happily ever after, neither man anxious to find out who is the real father I suspected this was coming when, earlier in this film, Mike and David discover they have the same blood type.
I hate films that promise something and then fail to deliver. A Vidmark Entertainment Release. Not available on DVD. Ko has taken some unreleased Hong Kong gangster film, inserted newly-shot footage featuring Caucasian actors including Mike Abbott and Mark Watson and rejiggered the plot.
The core of the story concerns gangster Peter Lin, who is working in concert with Barton Abbott to take over the territory of female crime boss Helen Mo Juliet Chan.
Charlie, who is working with unemployed ex-cop John Foley Watson , infiltrates Peter's gang with plans on killing Peter and Barton, who killed Charlie's best frie nd Sam and stole a briefcase full of money that Sam was delivering to Helen.
With me so far? It get's more confusing. Every twenty minutes or so, John Foley can be seen getting into fights with Barton's white goons and either beats them with his fists or guns them down. Arthur, another unemployed guy working with Charlie, goes to work for Helen as an enforcer When Helen tells him that her main business is in the "service" industry, making men happy, Arthur says, "You want me to service men?! Peter and Barton take notice and they order their men to kill Arthur, but they fail miserably every time they try.
Arthur and some of Helen's goons go to Peter's casino and clear it out when they light some phony sticks of TNT!
Peter retaliates and sends some of his men to Helen's massage parlor, where they light some smoke bombs and clear out the joint These two crime bosses are utter geniuses! Helen issues a challenge to Peter: One game of poker between Arthur and Peter. Helen's prostitution racket vs. When Arthur draws four aces to Peter's four kings they both cheated , things turn ugly, a fight ensues and Helen gives Peter three days to move out. Arthur quits Helen's gang He says to her, "I'm declaring myself free!
After all this, Peter and Helen join forces when Charlie finally surfaces to bring both gangs down. He takes on everyone single-handedly while John Foley fights Barton in a battle to the death.
While the film doesn't make an ounce of sense, there's plenty of bloody violence to keep your eyes occupied. People are sliced with knives, beaten with pipes, shot with a speargun, riddled with bullets and killed with a forklift.
During Arthur's death sequence, he spends most of his time fighting Peter's goons with a huge knife sticking out of his stomach. Before he dies, Arthur manages to pull one goon down on some spikes of a wrought iron fence. In an unbelievable ending to the scene, Arthur's girlfriend Sylvia comes running to him while he is lying on the ground and incredibly says, "Arthur, are you alright? Some other "highlights" include some lucky guy getting his eye poked out with a broken bottle, Charlie's hyper-kinetic fight scene in the finale and a scene where John Foley shows one of his opponents some comical razzle-dazzle footwork, only to shoot him when he is done.
Also hilarious is Mike Abbott's obvious stunt double in the final fight. Since there are no ninja outfits to hide the actors' faces, it's plain to see some Oriental stuntman was used when Abbott had to do backflips and high kicks. Forget the plot and enjoy the violence.
I can see why people would confuse this with a Godfrey Ho film. It's confusing as hell and follows the same narrative structure as Ho's patchwork films, except there are no ninjas in sight. I'm still trying to figure out who the hell Angel is, since no one in this film went by that name. Also starring Champ Wang c'mon now! A Parade Video Release. Legend says that a pouch recently stolen from the grave of a 10th Century Chinese scientist contains a substance so powerful, whomever is in possession of it can rule or destroy the world.
The bad guy does this to insure that the pouch will make it out of Hong Kong customs and to Manila, where head bad guy, Leo King a bald Ken Metcalfe, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joseph Zucchero, who also has a role here , plans on retrieving it and ruling the world.
Calvin jumps in the ocean and saves his life and from that moment on, Chow Lee who Calvin renames "Charley" is indebted to lifelong servitude to Calvin and becomes an unwanted third wheel in Ca lvin and Marlene's honeymoon. No matter how much they try to ditch him, Charley says close behind them, stowing away on the ship to Manila and eventually saving Calvin's life when Mr.
King's goons try to steal the Buddha Charley's very good in the arts that are martial. Calvin and Marlene eventually welcome Charley into their lives and it's a good thing, too, because Mr. King sends wave after wave of bad guys to steal the Buddha. Charley teaches Calvin the finer points of the martial arts to go along with his boxing skills which aren't very good when you're facing kung-fu experts and when Mr. King finally steals the Buddha and finds that the pouch is not in it, Calvin will have to use his new-found skills when Mr.
King believes he stole the pouch. King kidnaps Marlene, which forces Calvin and Charley to figure out where the pouch is and deliver it to Mr. King before Marlene is killed. Charley discovers the true location of the pouch and races to Mr. King's hideout with an inept police detective in tow to stop Calvin from making a big mistake. Everything works out in the end when it is discovered that the "powerful" substance in the pouch is nothing but simple gunpowder powerful in the 10th Century, no so much today.
King, have a good laugh when the gunpowder explodes in their faces, making everyone look like performers in a minstrel show. Oh, and Charley regains his ability to speak thanks to the explosion! James Iglehart and Shirley Washington are surprisingly good as the newlywed couple and popular Filipino comedian Chiquito is very funny as the mute Charley.
While he's a little too broad at times and his martial arts skills questionable at best for a martial arts master, he sure does get knocked-out a lot , Chiquito makes a good silent partner for Iglehart. There are some funny sequences between the two, such as when Mr. Not a good film by any stretch of the imagination the production values are horrid and the editing and sound recording are piss-poor , but an entertaining one nonetheless. Distributed theatrically by American International Pictures.
Never released legitimately on home video in the U. The film is more notable, though, for Ron Van Clief's screen debut in the title role although he's a secondary character at best and also for the wildly inappropriate bluegrass music heavy on the harmonica and the banjo playing on the soundtrack that totally ruins some of the early fight scenes.
Tai Lin befriends pickpocket Siao Mao Ruen Vernal , only to have Siao Mao betray him, stealing a pair of shoes Tai Lin's mother made him which he promised to wear only when he becomes a "man" and losing them at a gambling den. Tai Lin takes pity on Siao and saves him from a beatdown at the hands of the gambling den's goons, where Tai retrieves his shoes and beats the snot out of the goons.
Tai takes a job on the docks, where the majority of Chinese immigrants end up when they can't find any decent work. After witnessing one of his fellow "dockers" being beaten-up for moving too slow, Tai intervenes and ends up defeating a bunch of the Big Boss' men Films like this don't assign a name to the big boss, preferring to just call them the "Big Boss".
On the first day of his new position, a rival gang headed by a Black Ron Van Clief and a Filipino George Estregan invade the docks, where Tai proves his worth by single-handedly defeating them in a fight. Tai is about to learn the hard way that he's actually working for the wrong side and is exploiting his own people, as the rival gang and Tai's new girlfriend, Ching Kwei Nancy Veronica open his eyes about what is really going on at the docks: The Big Boss is illegally exporting huge quantities of opium back to China and throughout the rest of the world.
Tai quits his job in disgust and joins the rival gang, but he soon learns that the contract he signed is legally binding by a crooked Filipino law system and he has one of two choices: Being a man of his word, Tai has no choice but to work for the Big Boss, but Siao Mao, without Tai's knowledge, sneaks into the Big Boss' house to steal the contract. Siao Mao is killed, but not before delivering the contract to Tai, who finally believes he is now man enough to wear the shoes his mother made him.
Together with his unnamed Black and Filipino cohorts, Tai begins dismantling the Big Boss' operation, one bone-crushing encounter after another until Tai learns the awful truth about his brother's involvement in this whole mess. This martial arts action flick, directed by Tommy Loo Chun real name: It's hideously dubbed, re-edited and renamed to appease English-speaking audiences.
Ron here billed as "Ronnie" Van Clief plays a supporting role here and has fairly little to do besides appear in a few fight scenes. The fact that he and George Estregan who is billed as "Jorge Estraga" on the ad mats are not even given proper names for their characters speaks volumes about their importance to the plot.
There's nothing remotely entertaining about it unless you like exaggerated sound effects and terrible English dubbing.
Alcoholic fighter Max Rivers Cook makes a living by throwing matches in illegal back alley martial arts fights for crooked fight promoter Dingo Norma n Howard. Susan tells Max that Philip has disappeared and she fears that his manager, champion martial artist Don Carlio Don Nakaya Neilsen , is responsible. At first, Max thinks Susan is over-reacting, but when she goes to Don Carlio's office to do some snooping of her own, is shot in the arm and almost kidnapped by Don Carlio's head henchman Stevens James Gaines , Max does some investigating of his own and finds out after beating the crap out of some of Don Carlio's security guards; one of them played by Nick Nicholson that Philip was shipped off to South America to fight in a big martial arts tournament.
When Don Carlio finds out what a good fighter Max really is, he has Stevens kidnap Susan she and Max are ex-lovers and holds her as an insurance policy, forcing Max to work for him as a fighter. Max and Susan and sent to South America, where Max is thrown into a dungeon cell and only let out to fight tournament matches. Max's first fight is against D'Executioner Cris Aguilar and when Max doesn't give his all, Don Carlio trots out Susan and Stevens starts to fondle her, causing Max's blood to boil and win the match.