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on April 16, 2011
The only reason I give this movie a one star is due to the 80's style martial arts action that I've enjoyed through the years. The plot is typical with a crystal clear, clean-cut hero and an overly obvious villain. Everything about this movie oozes 80's cheese action with plenty of fisticuffs to go around!! Unfortunately, the transfer to DVD is HORRIBLE to say the least. The picture quality looks like someone recorded their poorest VCR copy (the one you lent out to all your friends and when you finally get it back, the insides have been jammed back into its case!) onto DVD. On top of this, the sound transfer is barely recognizable and you have to turn your volume almost all the way up to figure out the dialogue. This movie would only be bought by the hardest of hardcore collectors. It's a shame that a fun movie like this gets a bad rap due to such a terrible transfer. Unless you can bear the horrendous quality of this sorry excuse for a DVD or a better transfer is available, skip it!!!!
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on March 19, 2015
"Day of the Panther" is a minor cult flick from Australia that provides a so-so alternative to American martial arts flicks of the time. Given the movie's troubled production story, this is a respectable low budget karate adventure, though it's not quite as likable as many others I've seen. Check it out for most of the fighting, some of its silliness, but nothing else.

The story: A martial arts master (Edward Stazak) targets a crime syndicate after his comrade is murdered.

Ed Stazak's just about dropped off the face of the earth following the immediate release of this one's sequel, and that's a disappointment, since the guy had some talent. He starts off as somewhat of a silly prettyboy who throws awkward kicks, but at some point he does a 180 turn and grows into both the choreography and the character. He's Down Under's answer to Van Damme - before Van Damme was even an established name - and seeing how he's way more nimble and shoots much longer takes than his western equivalent ever did, I wish I could have seen him in more films with bigger budgets.

Speaking of budgets, this movie clearly gets the most out of a limited one. There are plenty of locations, with means left over for the random boat chase. However, the limitations are more visible (and audible) in the cheap film and audio presentation, which would have given the picture a B-movie aura even if it had a larger scale. Decent acting arrives in the form of John Stanton (Tai Pan) as the hero's teacher and Michael Carman (Nim's Island) as the crime lord, but in general, the dramatic content leaves a lot to be desired.

The ten fight scenes tend to be on the high side of average. Again, Stazak starts off awkwardly - he's fond of throwing spin kicks but can't get his legs up high - but slowly develops to the point that he's almost a different performer. The best fight of the feature is one in a warehouse wherein he takes on three weapon-wielding thugs; the scene's Hong Kong vibe was way ahead of its time for a non-HK flick in 1988. Additionally, an extended segment wherein Linda Megier (Night Master) is chased through an abandoned complex is fairly exciting and believable.

The movie's got a goofy streak to it, but not enough so for me to comment on; it's not as funny as it wants to be. I've heard some fans profess love for this one, but personally, I don't think it's on the same cult level as No Retreat, No Surrender. Check it out if it interests you, but otherwise, you can easily find some better ones.
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on June 2, 2014
This movie had poor picture quality, bad acting and many inconsistencies throughout the story. What happened to the guy's tattoo he get at the opening, but somehow can't be seen in the rest of the movie?
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on October 22, 2013
No female, who has ever been trained in the martial arts would fight like the "Master" this one was supposed to be.
Bad acting, bad dialogue. Could not finish it.
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on June 28, 2014
OK but film grainy sound not so good either. Acting was below b movie standard.
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on July 30, 2015
wasnt that great but for a b rated movie it was ok
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on August 8, 2014
movie was enjoyable
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