American Shaolin:King of Kickboxers 2 [VHS]
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The beginning is a little slow, acting is poor, and everything is just downright cheesy. Drew is humilated at a local tournament, by a guy who fights dirty - including pulling down the pants of his opponent (don't worry, its not perverted or anything). Drew feels the only to way to become good enough is to train with the best, and travels to China hoping to become a Shaolin Monk. After painstankingly waiting for days, he is accepted. While in the Temple, Drew constantly causes trouble, which leads others to do the same. It actually becomes interesting to see if he can actually make it as a Monk. There are still plenty of cheesy scenes, but alot of it becomes fun, and you gotta love the soundtrack, which is a slightly different version of "Summertime Blues".
The action is sparse in the first half of the film, but began to pick up more and more. The real treat is the finale of the film. Drew once again faces off in the ring against his former opponent. There is a pretty good fight between the Daniel Dae Kim character and this guy, who eventually tosses Kim out of the ring. Drew has no choice but to fight, and does so in a well choreogprahed fight which lasts at least 5 minutes.Read more ›
The story: martial artist Drew Carson (Reese Madigan) is defeated and humiliated in a tournament match by a dirty fighter (Trent Bushey, "All My Children"). Vowing to never let this happen again, he travels to the Shaolin Temple in China to train with the legendary fighting monks...
I have to praise the film's aesthetic accomplishments. This is clearly a relatively low budget movie, but many of the scenes set in the temple highlight the lavish locations and a lot of the ceremonial costumes are eye-catching. The cinematography isn't without merit: scenes wherein dozens of monks strike forms in a courtyard would have fit perfectly into an older wuxia film. The dramatic content sets a high for the series, though I have to remind you that the acting in previous entries like No Retreat, No Surrender was pretty darn bad and not too difficult to build on. Reese Madigan is probably the soundest leading man the series ever had, and a young Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as a supporting disciple shows some of the talent he'd subsequently find acclaim for.Read more ›
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In general, I don't like western martial arts movies. But I love this movie. If you wanna see a good Kung Fu movie, and American at that, see this movie. You will enjoy it.Published on October 21, 2010 by joseph
When this movie first showed on television...I have recorded it for prosterity....and have lost track of the whereabouts of this VHS TAPE OF THIS MOVIE.... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by wetdreams47
A young man named Drew loses a martial arts tournament and decides that he should go to China and become a Shaoln monk. Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by morgoth
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