Boyka: Undisputed (2016)

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“The most complete fighter in the world” is back in this long awaited fourth installment and it is clear that Scott Adkins drives the film once again in his iconic role.

Since his escape from prison, mixed martial arts fighter Yuri Boyka has been competing in the underground circuit. However, he has a chance to qualify for a major pro tournament in Hungary. His first professional fight is against Viktor Gregov. The fight ends with Boyka beating Viktor to the point where he is sent to the hospital. When Boyka learns that he has accidentally killed Viktor, he learns that he has a widow, Alma, in a small town in Russia.

Despite the death of her husband, Alma owes a debt to local crime boss Zourab and to pay off the debt, Alma must work nights as a waitress at his local nightclub, where he holds underground fights for the patrons. When Boyka meets Alma, he is met with resistance from Zourab and his men. However, despite Alma wanting nothing to do with Boyka after his confession of accidentally killing Viktor, Boyka decides to find redemption. He makes Zourab a proposition too good to refuse. Boyka offers to fight in a series of battles in exchange for the debt. Zourab agrees but how far will Boyka go and will it affect his lifelong dream of becoming a professional fighter?

Well, it is clear that this long awaited installment took over five years due to a long withstanding issue in the movie industry: pirating. When Undisputed III was released in 2010, the pirating of that film practically put the fourth installment on hold. Flash forward five years later when Scott Adkins first announced that Boyka was finally going to make his return in a new film. However, thanks to the aforementioned issue, the budget was cut down and focused more on a straightforward story featuring local actors in supporting roles yet thankfully, the film still has a taste of stellar casting in terms of fighting. However, Isaac Florentine takes a step back this time, serving as producer and leaving Todor Chapkanov to direct the film.

Yet, the one thing that must be said about the character of Yuri Boyka is that while he was that very strong prisoner, he had a thing for religion. His introductory scene in 2006’s Undisputed II: Last Man Standing showed him saying a prayer. To Boyka, he feels God has given him the gift of becoming the fighter he is today and religion does in fact play a very important piece in this installment. While he first competes in underground matches, he spends his days helping out at a local church when not in training.

The rest of the film is another road to redemption as he sees to redeem himself and find forgiveness from the widow of the man he accidentally killed. This brings a pretty good performance from Bulgarian actress Teodora Duhovnikova, who plays the constantly grieving and troubled widow Alma. Don’t expect a romance between the two, but clearly someone who needs all the help she can get even if it is someone who she eventually warms up to and sees in some manner, needs help himself. As for Alon Moni Aboutboul, who also played the main villain in London Has Fallen, he once again oozes villainy in the role of mob boss Zourab.

As for the fight scenes themselves, it is clear they are the highlight of the film. Under Adkins’ main choice of choreographer today, Tim Man, Adkins once again shows why Boyka is the most complete fighter in the world. Adkins’ introductory fight here is short for the taking, but it follows with a fight against stunt performer Emilien De Falco, who nearly matches Adkins kick for kick in the role of the fallen Viktor. Adkins gets to take on the likes of Man and Jackie Chan Stunt Team member Andy Long as the Ozerov Brothers in a blistering two-on-one fight.

The first of two main events pits Adkins against the very talented Brahim Achabbakhe, who had doubled for Adkins himself on Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear. The final fight pits Adkins against his most hulking adversary yet, British-born bodybuilding champion Martyn Ford as Koshmar, who is revealed to be Boyka’s replacement as the champion of the prison where Boyka was hailed as their champion. The ending itself may be either predictable or even unpredictable depending on your guessing.

In the end, Boyka: Undisputed 4 is a worthy installment of the film thanks to Scott Adkins driving the film in his signature role with a great fight support cast and a pretty good performance from Teodora Duhovnikova. If you enjoyed the previous films, you will clearly enjoy this latest installment.


Millennium Films and Nu Image presents a NuBoyana Films/UN4 Productions Inc. production. Director: Todor Chapkanov. Producer: Isaac Florentine. Writer: David N. White. Cinematography: Ivan Vatsov. Editing: Irit Raz.

Cast: Scott Adkins, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Teodora Duhovnikova, Julian Vergov, Brahim Achabbakhe, Paul Chahidi, Valentin Ganev, Martyn Ford, Emilien De Falco, Tim Man, Andy Long.


Supreme Art of War (2017)


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Daniel Mah
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Kevin Le
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Julio Amavizca

Andy Le (Stephen)
Daniel Mah (Dragon Head)
Ryan Tran (Server #1)
Sterling Halloway (Server #2)
Mike Kim (Dealer)
Brian Le (Triad #1)
A.J. DeLeon (Triad #2)
Julio Amavizca (Triad #3)
Mark Poletti (Triad #4)
Chun Wang (Triad #5)

The crew from Martial Club unveils its latest short film, a meshing of the Hong Kong gambling comedy series and their trademark style of martial arts action.

A local restaurant is the setting for a gambling match between the Triad’s Dragon Head and the bumbling Stephen, the owner of the restaurant who owes them protection money. If the Dragon Head wins, he will take over the restaurant, but if Stephen wins, the Triads will not demand protection money. However, when Stephen uses unorthodox means to try to win, chaos will truly ensue.

You have to hand it to the guys at Martial Club, who present their Hong Kong action-comedy short films with such delight. For their latest film, writer-director Andy Le takes on the Hong Kong gambling genre. The genre would help solidify the careers of Chow Yun-Fat in the God of Gamblers films and Stephen Chow with his All for the Winner amongst others. As a matter of fact, to bring the more comic portion of the film, Le calls himself Stephen in the film with cohort Daniel Mah playing his nemesis.

The ensuing fight that happens shows why Martial Club are one of the best to see on YouTube today. This film showcases some of their best work yet with Le showcasing his kicking and tricking skills to effect. Even more, all the performers do their own stunts and for Le, he does one of the craziest stunts, a frontflip through a table. Just take a look at the outtakes during the end credits to see the damage.

Supreme Art of War is just another example of why Martial Club is just amazing to watch! These guys continue to bring their style of Hong Kong action and comedy and make it their own.


Check out the full video above and enjoy!!! For more Martial Club videos, check out their official YouTube channel.

American Kickboxer 2 (1993)

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1993, Davian International

Jeno Hodi
David Hunt
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Greg Lewis
Paul Wolansky
Blain Brown
Lawrence A. Maddox
Tim Spring
Paul Wolansky

Dale “Apollo” Cook (Mike Clark)
Evan Lurie (David)
Kathy Shower (Lillian Hansen)
David Graf (Howard Hansen)
Ted Markland (Xavier)
Jeffrey R. Iorio (Hammer)
Jessica Springal (Susie)
Greg Lewis (Uncle Francis)
Jeno Hodi (Attila)

Two rivals must unite to rescue a kidnapped girl in this in-name “sequel” to the 1991 kickboxing film.

Lillian Hansen married Howard, the CEO of her father’s company, after the birth of her seven-year daughter Susie. However, she is still an heir apparent to the fortune. Xavier, a top criminal, decides to kidnap Susie for a ransom of one million dollars. When he succeeds in the kidnapping, Lillian attempts to get the money from her uncle Francis, who is the current relative who has access to the funds. However, when he decides to think about helping Lillian out, Lillian decides to go another route.

She hires her ex-husband Mike Clark, a volatile police officer who likes to do things his way without any help. However, when Howard is not too thrilled about Lillian calling Mike due to their destroyed marriage, Lillian does find a possible alternate. David, a local martial arts teacher, who had an affair with Lillian while her marriage with Mike was failing, is hired by Lillian. However, Mike has gotten the call as well as now, these two rivals have no other choice but to join forces for the sake of Susie’s life, even if one of them is actually the father of the girl.

The first time this film was reviewed, it was given as very bad and terrible. However, the time came to give this film a second chance and the major issue is that the film is being seen as a sequel to a 1991 kickboxing film called American Kickboxer. Under a different title, this would have better sense, and who knows why the Filipino-based Davian International got the rights to the name to make this a sequel but overall, it’s not a completely bad B-movie that takes the classic “rivals must team up” gig all for the sake of a “mission”.

Kickboxing legend Dale “Apollo” Cook, who graces the film’s poster, plays the very volatile Mike, a cop who is all about action and lets his fists do the talking. His introductory scene has him taking on a group of thugs using some of his martial arts skills. However, when it comes to martial arts, the film’s true star is Evan Lurie, who gets his biggest role to date as David, a playboy martial arts teacher. Their connection is Lillian, played by former Playmate turned B-movie star Kathy Shower. Shower, a staple for erotic thriller films, gets her most mainstream role yet as the troubled former wife of Mike and former lover of David, who is conflicted not only with her daughter being kidnapped, but struggles with who is in fact the father of the girl.

Cook and Lurie actually are quite an interesting duo as when they are not fighting and shooting at the bad guys, they are fighting each other. Their first meeting in the film shows a volatile Cook and a defensive Lurie at each other’s throats when a bystander arrives and threatens to call the cops. Cook gets the upper hand in most of the scuffles between the two but they either end it quick or find themselves being threatened by other goons. One of the four confrontations is forced as they are forced to entertain a crowd in an abandoned warehouse.

Police Academy’s Tackleberry, the late David Graf, plays Howard as someone who is more business-minded and not the action nut his iconic character is, yet he makes the most of his role in the film. Ted Markland is truly a mastermind as Xavier while he has the likes of Jeffrey Iorio, Ned Hourani, and Kris Aguilar as some of his goons. The final act shows Lurie doing all of the fighting while Cook protects Shower and her daughter by shooting. This allows Lurie to get the spotlight and he definitely has the skills to boot.

Despite the title, American Kickboxer 2 should not be seen as a sequel as the 1993 Cannon FilmTo the Death is the real sequel. However, this is actually a decent B-movie buddy film that could have a chance to have given Dale Cook a better chance to show his skills while Evan Lurie does get to show his skills. Overall, the film is a middle of the road B-action film.




My Romeo (2004)

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2004, B&S Limited/Star Company Limited

Chow Jan-Wing
Debbie Cheung
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Wong Bo-Man
Gordon Yeung

Ronnie Cheung (Shek Siu-Lung)
Grace Ip (Grace)
Lee Lung-Kei (Mr. Shek)
Lee Lei (Mrs. Shek)
Lam Suet (Uncle Tung)
Oscar Lam (Ah San)

What is an apparent tribute to the 30th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death is actually a cute romantic action-comedy that plays on one man’s dreams of both romance and fighting.

Shek Siu-Lung is a young man who helps his father run a successful business. However, rather than being their heir to the business, Lung wants to be a fighter. He trains with Uncle Tung in hopes to win an upcoming martial arts tournament. However, one night will change his life perhaps forever.

When his best friend invites him to a costume party, Lung dresses as Kato from ‘The Green Hornet’. After the party, Lung sees a young woman being mugged. Using the skills he had learned, Lung is able to defeat the robbers and save the woman. However, he soon learns that the young woman, Grace, was also set up to meet Lung by his parents. However, when Grace saw Lung, he was masked. What will happen when Grace learns that the man she is set up to date is also the one who saved her?

Written and directed by Chow Jan-Wing, the film was made around the 30th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s untimely death. Chow tended to incorporate elements of Bruce Lee into what is ultimately a romantic action-comedy. In terms of bringing the cuteness of the romantic comedy genre, Chow hired young actors Ronnie Cheung and Grace Ip as two Bruce Lee fans who have eyes for each other. Cheung, the brother of actress Cecilia Cheung, plays it off well as a rich boy who only cares to become a champion fighter while Ip plays his potential love interest, who admires Bruce Lee.

In the pivotal scene that elevates the genre, Cheung, as Siu-Lung (get it?), dresses up at Kato and saves Grace from the robbers. When she discovers his identity, she helps him keep it a secret from his nouveau riche parents, who only care about either shopping, traveling, or wanting Lung to marry and take over the business. Another Bruce Lee reference comes in the form of Lung’s training facility, a Jeet Kune Do academy run by the benevolent Uncle Tung, played by the always great to watch actor today, Lam Suet.

Handling the action sequences is veteran martial artist and stuntman James Ha. Ha, who has a role here as a worker for the Lung company, trained Cheung well in the action scenes and at times, does tend to overdose on wirework for a particular climactic scene involving Uncle Tung and his “flying kick”. However, Cheung does handle his action scenes well with a frenetic kickboxing style that works.

Despite being shot on video at a time when the B-movie in Hong Kong began to fade, My Romeo is a pretty decent romantic comedy filled with Bruce Lee references. It’s not exactly the best film, but enjoyable in its own way.


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Black Fist (1974)

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A very interesting entry in the world of Blaxploitation films, this one is revealed to have a shocking revelation, which could described the constant use of fade ins and fade outs throughout most of the film.

Leroy Fisk is a man in Los Angeles trying to earn a living for his family. He ends up working as a fighter for local mob boss Logan, despite the fact that he is more or less a racist. However, Leroy only does it because of the money so he can provide for his family. He hopes to get out in the game once he has enough money to put a down payment on a nightclub. When Heineken, a racist cop, forces Leroy to cut him in on the money he makes from the fights, Leroy knows he doesn’t have a choice. He soon learns that Logan and Heineken are in cahoots with each other.

When Leroy decides that one more fight can get him the money needed for the club, he accepts and defeats Logan’s big heavy Moose. Adding insult to injury, Leroy smears Logan on top of Moose’s bloody body. Logan, very upset by what has transpired, decides that since Leroy won’t continue to fight under him that he must be eliminated. However, when a car bomb kills Leroy’s wife and brother-in-law instead of Leroy, the fighter is now seething with revenge. With the ally of family friend Florence, Leroy begins his plan to get revenge on the mob once and for all.

Directed by Timothy Galfas, this has an interesting distinction of at first being a rare film until it ended up in the public domain. With the constant fade ins and outs and the changing of Leroy, one must wonder whether this is a straight film shot all at once. The answer finally was revealed a few years back by the film’s lead actor himself, Richard Lawson. This could also explain why the future Tubbs from Miami Vice, Philip Michael Thomas, plays two pimps, an African-American named Fletch and then a Latino named Boom Boom.

Lawson revealed that the film is actually a combination of a 1974 entitled Bogard and a film later made by producers entitled Get Fisk. Bogard was originally rated X for some apparently edgy sex scenes but it was revealed that the producer had used illegal means to finance the film so producers William Larrabure and Richard Kaye would get that film and splice it with new footage, hence Kaye is constantly credited for his work here on “additional scenes”. One can only guess those “additional scenes” involve Dabney Coleman (sporting a full head of hair) as the racist cop Heineken and Robert Burr as mob boss Logan.

Lawson makes good use of the splicing as the hero Leroy Fisk, who is only looking to make enough money to provide for his family. However, the only thing he has are his fists, which he uses in street fights. Lawson may not have the build of a Blaxploitation hero of that era, but he proves his own mettle when it comes to the fight scenes, which take up most of the first half in terms of action before it delves into a typical Blaxploitation revenge flick.

The action scenes are not of the martial arts variety but more of a bare knuckle style fighting that has been seen by the likes of Clint Eastwood and adapts to a more boxing-style action then the film becomes more of a street style used especially in the scene when Leroy, on his quest for revenge, proceeds to beat down Boom Boom in the bathroom. This particular scene would come in an hour into the film and would be the scene that would be the film debut of Hollywood veteran Edward James Olmos as a junkie going to the bathroom as this particular fight continues.

Black Fist may be somewhat a cut and paste film, but surprisingly it works out well in certain spots and has an ending that isn’t very clear and it seems like for this fighter, that just might be okay…or not.


World Wide Films Corporation presents a Centaur Pictures production. Directors:Timothy Galfas and Richard Kaye. Producers: William Larrabure and Richard Kaye. Writer: Tim Kelly. Cinematography: William Larrabure. Editing: Andrew Maisner.

Cast: Richard Lawson, Annazette Chase, Philip Michael Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Robert Burr, Charles L. Hamilton, Denise Gordy, Richard Kaye, Ed Rue, John Wesley Rodgers, Ron Carson,
H.B. Haggery, Edward James Olmos.



TRAILER: Bound by Debt

Two brothers are Bound by Debt in the first trailer to the upcoming indie action film from writer-director Anna Mormando.

Anna’s husband Paul Mormando, a champion martial artist, plays Dylan James, a rough and tough underground fighter who is estranged from his family. His brother Robert James (Bobby Ciasulli) is an addicted gambler with a wife and two daughters Alexis (Nikki Silva) and Nicole (Alexis Mormando). When Dylan can no longer fulfill his obligations to the mob, mob boss Mr. Russo (Samuel DiFiore) uses Robert’s gambling addiction and family as leverage against Dylan. The two brothers will have to reunite to save themselves and Robert’s family.

Filming recently completed in New York City with a release coming soon.


Fighting (2009)

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Before he loaded up as Duke in the recent hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Alabama-born Channing Tatum whipped some major butt in this action-drama that features some pretty good fight scenes plus some really good performances from the cast.

Tatum plays Shawn MacArthur, a young man from Alabama who has come to New York City to somehow get on with his life. Selling knock offs, Shawn encounters Harvey Boarden, a two-bit hustler, who is hoping to find some new talent for an underground fight ring. When Harvey is impressed when Shawn throws down against some of his boys, Harvey gives Shawn a chance to make some real money by fighting.

As Shawn begins to fight and win, he begins to fall for local club waitress Zulay, who lives with her grandmother and daughter. As the stakes begin to get higher for Shawn, he finds an old face in Evan Hailey, a former protégé of Shawn’s father who Shawn has had his problems with. Evan is the top dog in the underground fight world and despite dark truths being revealed, a showdown between the rivals is inevitable.

With underground fighting being the new “fad” of action films, this may bode off as no exception. However, this is one of those rarities where the use of character development makes this film plausible and watchable. Channing Tatum gives out a great performance as Shawn, the Alabama-bred man who becomes the talk of the town when he competes in the underground fight circuit. As the movie goes on, we get to learn why Shawn has a sense of inner demons within him that he lets out once he fights. It may cause one to pose mixed feelings about him. Yes, he has a taste for fighting for money, but in some aspect, he also wants to do the right thing and in a way, give himself a sense of redemption.

Terrence Howard is definitely a respectable actor who proves he can make any role work. Here is no exception. As two-bit hustler Harvey, Howard brings kind of a “big brother” role to Shawn, trying to help him in any way possible. This includes letting the rookie stay at his place and help him make more money. As the film progresses, Harvey does have his share of dark truths, and eventually, like Shawn, he feels he needs to find a way to redeem and repent for his past mistakes as well.

The film is not just your ordinary fight movie. It is more of a tale of redemption for these two. In some ways, even the character of Zulay, played by Zulay Henao, needed a sense of redemption. As a single mother working as a club waitress, she feels she can do better. Sure, she becomes Shawn’s love interest, but it is revealed she is much more than what one would think.

The action scenes, choreographed by Mike Gunther, were not too bad for this type of film. While the more flashy moves were mostly taken out, with the exception of Shawn against Dragon Le (played by kickboxing champion/actor Cung Le), the action mostly consisted of knock out, drag out fighting that is more reminiscent of those good old fashioned bare knuckle drabs that Clint Eastwood used to do in Any Which Way But Loose and Every Which Way You Can, but with a dose of the big mixed martial arts stuff. They prove not to be too bad for this film, yet at times, one feels that they could have been edited just a little better.

Nevertheless, Fighting is a decent effort from director Dito Montiel. It had a story about redemption through the underground fight world, the dark side of said underground fighting, but the performances of Tatum and Howard really moved the film forward and ultimately, watchable.


Rogue Pictures presents a Misher Films production in association with 5150 Action/Relativity Media/Scion Films/Twins Financing. Director: Dino Montiel. Producer: Kevin Misher. Writers:
Robert Munic and Dino Montiel. Cinematography: Stefan Czapsky. Editing: Saar Klein and Jake Pushinsky.

Cast: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Michael Rivera, Flaco Navaja, Peter Tambakis, Luis Guzman, Anthony DeSando, Roger Guenveur Smith, Brian J. White, Altagracia Guzman.



TRAILER: Zombie Fight Club (2014)

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2014, Sun Entertainment Limited

Joe Chien
Gordon Chan
Paco Wong
Paul Cheng
Joe Chien
Andy On (Andy)
Jessica Cambensy (Jenny)
Jack Kao (Wu Ming)
Michael Wong (Captain Ma)
Terence Yin (Brother Fung)
Candy Yuen (Jailer Leader)
MC Hotdog (Tiger)
Derek Tsang (David)
Abby Fung (Nana)
Ku Pao-Ming (Uncle Liang)
Frankie Ng (Mr. B)
Philip Ng (Brawler)

Part-Walking Dead, part-Fight Club, this zombie film from director Joe Chien definitely brings a B-movie feel to the film that makes good use of its two lead stars.

In an apartment building in Hong Kong, Jenny is eagerly waiting for her boyfriend David when Tiger, David’s friend shows up with some girls just for him. Jenny reluctantly lets Tiger and the girls in where they decide to party with some drugs he brought in. However, the drugs turned out to be tainted and the result turns many into zombies. Meanwhile, a SWAT team has arrived at the building to nab a criminal and they soon find themselves the victims of the zombie horde. One SWAT member, Andy, manages to survive and helps Jenny escape.

However, despite the escape attempt, both Andy and Jenny, along with some of the other survivors have been captured and forced into an underground prison. It is there to their horror, a one-time mild-mannered science teacher, has become the leader of the underground. He forces the survivors to compete in death matches against the remaining zombies. As Andy and Jenny attempt to band the survivors together, a dark secret plagues the leader of the underground and it is up to Andy and Jenny to continue surviving to escape the underground once and for all.

Joe Chien, a Taiwanese director, has become the one to capitalize of the current resurgence of the zombie craze. After his debut film, Zombie 108, he returns with an idea to have survivor face zombies in armed and unarmed combat. However, what he wisely does is create a setup for the titular “zombie fight club” by staging the start of the zombie apocalypse in an apartment building caused by tainted drugs. The first near hour of the film is set in the building where it looks like a meshing between Resident Evil and The Walking Dead.

The film’s two leads, Andy On and Jessica Cambensy, make the most of their roles as the SWAT officer and young woman who are forced to survive the deadly apocalypse. On gets to put his action skills to good use while Cambensy changes from a damsel in distress to someone who must do what it takes to survive, especially seen in one part of the second half of the film. However, she still has a misunderstanding of all the events. Jack Kao undergoes the most change of the film, going from a simple mild-mannered teacher and loving father to a cruel underground leader who has a notion of perhaps punishing the survivors because he lost his daughter Nana, played by Abby Fung, during the film’s first hour. Michael Wong, Terence Yin, and Philip Ng make the most of their short appearances in the film as well.

The zombie make up is nicely done as are the limited amount of stunts and action scenes courtesy of Philip Ng. However, the film’s major flaw comes in any use of CGI effects used because compared to the practical make up effects, the CGI just looks so bad that a child may as well have done them. They just look amateurish. If Chien had stuck to just using practical effects, it would have made for a better movie in terms of making it a true B-movie, but it is safe to say that this has the feel of a meshing of 80’s/90’s horror movie and terrible amateur production.

Zombie Fight Club has more good points than bad points. Andy On and Jessica Cambensy make the most of their roles, but it all boils down to having some very atrocious CGI effects that flaws what could be a heck of a B-movie.