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3 STARS - DISAPPOINTINGLY NO TONG PO
Kickboxer 3 goes away from the first two movies with the absenece of the impressive villain, Tong Po. David Sloan and Xian return though, and fly to Brazil where David is to fight the Argentina fighter, Eric Martine, for the lightweight world kickboxing championship. While in Brazil, David and Xian meet and become friends to a homeless boy and his older sister. David also meets Eric Martine's promoter, Frank Lane, who is inviting to David and Xian but secretly steals the boy's older sister to sell into prostitution. Lane captures David and puts him through excrutiating training, hoping David will be too weak for the fight against Martine.
The story in Kickboxer 3 is pretty decent, but its harder to appreciate it with the absence of Tong Po. There aren't many fights in the movie, and only two that are decent. The first is an exhibition match between Martine and another fighter. The best fight in the movie is between David and Martine. Its about a 5 minute fight that begins in the ring but ends on the arena floor with the surrounding crowd cheering on. I really like this fight and I wished it were longer (especially when they fight outside the ring on the floor). Also worth mentioning, there is a small scene of Caporeia fighters in the beginning of the movie that is beautiful to watch.
Kickboxer 3 overall turns out to be nothing more than an average martial arts flick. After Kickboxer 5, it is the worst in the franchise. Its not a bad movie, but Kickboxer 1, 2, and 4 have a lot more to offer, especially action and fighting.Read more ›
This movie would have made a much better stand-alone picture. Mitchell's character has changed so much he might as well be a different man, although it would not have solved the problem of the tacked-on backstory. Besides, a different actor is playing Tong Po! Sure he looks similar, but that is really pushing it!
Sasha Mitchell does well in the fight scenes, showing some grace and variety in his movement. The camera manages to shoot him so you can even see some of what he is doing. Several time Women's Champion Michelle Krasnoo also appears as a bratty girl who wants to fight with the big boys. Her martial arts are much better than her acting. You almost want her to get her butt kicked.
There is not much depth in the story but not much is required. The wounded hero has a just cause, the villain does dastardly deeds with a smile and there are many round-knees and devastating kicks. This movie really just wants to look good and it manages pretty well. There is eye candy for men and women and lots of martial arts.
This is not bad for b-movie fight flicks. The director left room for a sequel should the studio want to try for one more but 4 is enough already! Go find something else to do!
The story: when he is framed, sent to prison, and his wife is kidnapped by a returning Tong Po (Kamel Kriffa, Thunder in Paradise 3), the happy-go-lucky David Sloan (Sasha Mitchell, Step by Step) transforms into a dark soul, hell-bent on revenge. He's released by the DEA to infiltrate a tournament set up by the fighter-turned-kingpin to bring him to justice - a task he must accomplish alongside rescuing his wife and keeping Po from discovering his identity.
Though not completely humorless, you realize early on that this film isn't going to be quite as (intentionally) silly in temperament as its predecessors. Sloan is presented as more of a Charles Bronson-type character than his usual goofy self, and this actually aids his acting performance, which is easily the best of the three movies he's done for this series.Read more ›
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Kickboxer 1, 2, and 4 were child hood favorites of mine. I had never seen 3 all the way through , but I finally did, thanks too this neat 2 pack. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Russel Duke Elsea
It is an okay movie. Watch it for yourselves and form your own opinions.Published 14 months ago by Jamell
some of the best/worst dialog ever. I originally saw this on TV in Guadalajara with spanish subtitles. so bad its goodPublished 19 months ago by Jason
I liked these movies . I lliked these movies but I liked the first two movies better . If liked the first two movies you would like these too .Published 23 months ago by Shaun Saltzgiver
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