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In the tradition of MORTAL KOMBAT, Extreme Challenge is the largest martial arts competition in history. Hundreds of fighters from all over the world, including champion Ian Maxfield (Paul Rapovski of MUTANT X & RELIC HUNTER), female competitior Tang Ning, and two classmates Fang Jin and Kuang Kin, will compete for the $5 million dollar prize.
"Extreme Challenge" qualifies as one of the most generic, take-it-or-leave-it Hong Kong martial arts features ever produced. It's a movie made for viewers who want hand-to-hand action and not much else. Forget the plot and acting, almost entirely, and consider this one no further unless you live for kung fu.
The story: a nationwide martial arts tournament is sponsored by a manipulative online corporation looking for a new representative. Among the participants is a young woman determined to prove her skill (Pink Power Ranger Patricia Lee, Turbo thru Lost Galaxy), a returning champion poised to choose between pride and family (Paul Rapovski, Son of the Dragon), and an aspiring competitor with an unbreakable sense of honor (Ken Chang, Kill Zone).
The tagline of the updated DVD release states "Thousands will fight. ONE will survive" - this is extremely misleading, since the list of actual competitors is sixteen (of these, only eight are focused on) and the tournament doesn't include any fatalities. This eliminates any sense of importance to the fights: the corporation's incentive isn't anything to care about, and without a life & death situation to raise the stakes, the fights are really just happening for their own sake. Luckily, they're pretty good if you can accept that each one feels a lot like those before it.Read more ›