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Balance of Power [VHS] (1996)

Billy Blanks , Mako , Rick Bennett  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Blanks, Mako, Lisa Jai, Denis Akiyama, James Lew
  • Directors: Rick Bennett
  • Writers: Phillip M. Good, Otto C. Pozzo, Robert Tubbs
  • Producers: Alan M. Solomon, Graeme Gossage, Jerry Lambert, Phillip M. Good
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • VHS Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304371128
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balance of Power is an excellent movie! November 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is excellent! Same caliber or higher as Tough and Deadly. The spiritual message for people young and old is wonderfully potent! Scenes of training sessions are fantastic. The action in the arena is un-precedented! Evidently, Billy Blanks does not forget the source of his gift and training (The universal creator and Asian master.) Apparently Billy Blanks believes in giving credit where credit is due---Asian culture. This review is written by a 55 year old African-American female residing in Worcester MA. I was/am a Billy Blanks fan long before Tae-Bo put him in the spot light. Buy this movie and any others you can get your hands on. Enjoy, keep and treasure them! Note: This review and personal opinion does not represent views of Billy Blanks.
E.G. Worcester MA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent martial arts film. September 29, 2009
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Lets get onto the pros. The film has some good fighting scenes with blanks and others. He has some good moves. It touches upon gang violence,drugs and the effects it has on young kids. I love seeing a brother play a positive role model in films and really like that blanks does this. The acting isn't as bad as some here have said and I felt the actors did a good enough job.

Now the cons The acting while not being as bad as some say it's not any thing to write home about. It would have been nice if they had spent some more time on the negative influences of gangs and drugs on the kids. The storyline was kind of stupid in parts also. Not that fighting films have great story lines,but beating the main bad guys fighter and making him loose face and some money makes no sense. This guy is selling tons of drugs and could make any money back up. They also spent some time on silly test and trials like blanks enduring high levels of heat which could have been spent on more fight scenes. Also the fights could have lasted a bit longer as they are a bit short in my opinion. Also the film weakens itself by having to have a happy ending erasing the driving force and emotion that pushed blanks character to fight in the tournament.

I'm a big fan of billy blanks and love his workout tapes. Didn't know he had made any martial arts films so theses are kind if cool for me. This one is a average fighting films that could have been better with some script work and better direction. I had a decent time watching it and have seen worse films than this. No where near as bad as some people here have said,but it doesn't deserve any more than 2-3 stars. [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the balance is just average June 13, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Balance of Power begins with quite a sense of excitement, with a decent musical/credits scene and into an audience filled gambling fight arena, where the movie's villain "Takamura" (James Lew - Showdown, American Ninja 5, Perfect Weapon) kicks someone's elses butt pretty good in a literally "bone-crushing" scene. Unfortunately, everything begins to go downhill from there, with a predictable and lame story, with almost nothing original to add.

Billy Blanks is the star, which usually isn't saying a lot. While his martial arts skills are pretty decent compared to most, his goofy acting sometimes can be a bit annoying, if not his stylish 80's haircuts. The hair is gone and is replaced with above average acting, compared to what is expected. Of course his highlights are the fight scenes and the plenty of training sequences he must endure. While the fights are average and not very exciting, the training scenes are about the only original element found in the movie. I must give credit to the training sequences in these martial arts movies, they always do manage to come up with something refreshing and fun to watch.

Other notable stars in the movie are Mako and James Lew. Mako, by no guess, plays the "old wise man and master" of the film, training the Billy Blanks character. James Lew, plays the villainous fighter, who comes off as a bit overdone compared to most of his roles, which normally are villain roles. The rest of the cast is pretty boring and cheesy, adding nothing exciting to the movie.

As for the fighting, well, average is about all you can expect. While many of the fights involve a lot of fancy moves, especially by Blanks himself, many look too rehearsed, don't make any noticeable contact, or move too slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Action Movie in Years December 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
All I can say is WOW... this film has 5 stars written all over it. The direction is amazing. The action is incredable and the overall story blows my mind. This film deserved to be recognized and wasn't. It's a shame these films go by the wayside while pieces of garbage like Bloodsport gets marketing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it was great! October 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen this movie and it definitely is a great movie. But if anything its for someone who's into Martial Arts or is into the spiritual philosophy of the Martial Arts. This movie definitely spreads that essence throughout the film. The training sequence was awesome, one of the greatest sequences of any MA movie. So as for the acting and all of that, it portrays more of a real life learning process of life and Martial Arts. So i'd also recommend it if your looking to get a positive ,spiritual vibe from a movie
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This video KICKS !!!!!!! February 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best video. It is a mind enhancing, sweat enducing, thrilling video. You can truly see that this guy puts his Heart, Mind, Body & Soul into this sport for the "Super Tough". More action than Jackie Chan, more moves than Jean Claude, more muscle than .....I'm without words!! Just GET IT!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars average movie
Good performance by Billy Blanks.....the story seemed very familiar....good training and fight scenes...,,I would recommend the film for kung fu film lovers
Published 10 months ago by frank
2.0 out of 5 stars Billy Blanks, James Lew, and Mako - why is this not awesome?
The title of this review says it all: you've got three martial arts b-movie legends coming together for a film, and even with the lowered expectations that you may bring to a movie... Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by Mike Sehorn
5.0 out of 5 stars An action movie that also teaches kids the valuable lessons of life
I think kids should watch this cause Billy Blanks is a good role model and don't say it's cheesy. Kids these days get into all kinds of stuff. Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
2.0 out of 5 stars ehhh...
not one I would say is at the top of my list but one i would never watch again. the acting is cheeze, the direction is good but the ability to watch the story line is hard to too.
Published on December 6, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars decent
not much in the way of a story but it's entertaining. would be surprised if blanks ever worked again...
Published on December 6, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I loved this flick. It was by far the best fighting action movie in years. Starting with the opening all the way through till the end. Read more
Published on December 6, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars the dump special...
I was pinching a loaf the other day and it was hard coming out, but then I looked back in the bowl, smiled, and saw something that was more entertaining, intelligent and had less... Read more
Published on December 5, 2003 by "sonofthefallguy"
1.0 out of 5 stars Balance of Power is a Power Shortage
I am a long time movie collector with over 2,000 titels on VHS and DVD. I collect all types of movies, but action movies are my favorite and good martial arts (Bruce Lee, Jackie... Read more
Published on August 26, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe this!!!
It is unbelievable that anyone who is remotely intelligent can possibly say this film is even decent at best. Read more
Published on January 21, 2002
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