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What drew me to CLASH more than anything is that it reunites The Rebel alums, Johnny Tri Nguyen and Veronica Ngo. They prove that their chemistry in THE REBEL wasn't a fluke. Veronica Ngo (a.k.a. Ngo Thanh Van) plays Trinh, the indentured enforcer of a mob boss nicknamed the Black Dragon. The Black Dragon had abducted Trinh's young daughter and now forces Trinh to carry out the acquisition of a highly coveted laptop which can unlock deep government secrets. Trinh outsources a crew of specialists, numbering among them the mysterious, unflappable Quan (Johnny Tri Nguyen).
CLASH isn't as ambitious as THE REBEL. It's set on a smaller scale. And in its dramatic nuances and plot twists, it won't bowl over any viewer. Of course, not all of Trinh's teammates are on the up and up. Not everyone shares Trinh's motivations. No doubt, there's a bad apple in the bunch just raring to pull a heel turn. This is B-movie filmmaking 101. What distinguishes the movie are the lead actors. And the fight scenes.Read more ›
Why this movie is different from other martial arts features? For 2 reasons. First, the action choreography, is not just well done, it is impeccable and filmed with fast pace unlike martial action in other movies, where directors prefer to slow down the moves, thinking that looks best on screen. Yes, it does, but fast fighting moves look much more awesome. Second, the martial arts here is perfectly aligned with a human drama and down to earth human relations (ex. the stunning tango scene), which makes the movie so much interesting to watch. Otherwise, believe me, you would have been bored watching just a non-stop action.
Here's the scoop. Phoenix (played by the stunning Thanh Van Ngo) had a twin sister who was murdered by a big time thug. Said thug now has Phoenix's daughter and uses her as leverage to have Phoenix pull off a series of jobs. The final job involves stealing a laptop, from some French dudes, that contains high level satellite info. A guy on her crew, unbeknownst to her, is an undercover cop. Said heist goes south and the doo-doo hits the fan.
This is not a great flick by any means but it moves very steadily and has some good gun play and martial arts fight scenes. Phoenix is one good looking woman and she can fight. During the fight scenes she looks like she knows the time of day. They spend as much camera on her as they do the dudes. Some of the plot points in the earlier part of the flick don't rise above the fray but a few things happen in the third act that spice things up. Much of what is happening in this flick are the two leads. I couldn't take my eyes off Phoenix, but the undercover cop, Quan, is handsome in his own right, and the developing relationship between the two helps keep the viewer involved. A Tango scene, with him in a suit and her in a gorgeous red dress, is worth the price of admission. One of the other guys in her crew is a short, stocky guy put in for comic relief. It sad he gets knocked off when he does. I think that character could have used a lot more screen time.
All that being said, this is a decent watch. Not the best of its ilk but well worth the time to view it.
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beat my expectations. impressive considering this movie probably had a low budget. I'm a fan.Published 4 months ago by Dan N
These two stars work well together. The first time I came across them was the martial arts film "The Rebel." This was an action pack filled film. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deputy
A Vietnamese movie "Clash" ("Bay Rong") is a typical B action flick based on a familiar format: action set-pieces strung together by dramatic parts with a lot of talking. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer