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Eric Roberts (Academy Award(r) Nominee Best Actor in a supporting Role Runaway Train 1985, National Security, TV's "Less Than Perfect"), Philip Rhee, Christopher Penn (Starsky and Hutch, Reservoir Dogs), John Dye and David Agresta play five young men who are selected as members of the U.S. National Karate Team. Each teammate has his own reason for competing. However, they soon discover that in order to function as a team, they must pit aside their differences and learn to depend upon each other. James Earl Jones (Academy Award(r) Nominee Best Actor The Great White Hope 1970, Field of Dreams, Hunt for Red October), is their unorthodox coach, and Sally Kirkland (Anna, The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star I Born), their trainer, teach them that winning is not a sometime thing- it's an all-time thing. Together they enter an exhausting training period that puts their mental and physical skillsto the ultimate endurance test. After three months of grueling workouts and personal conflicts t
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.4 x 5.25 inches; 2.62 Ounces
- Item model number : 2226405
- Director : Bob Radler
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : September 28, 2004
- Actors : Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Christopher Penn, John Ryan
- Producers : Philip Rhee, Peter Strauss
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0002O7XUE
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I watched this movie years ago and really enjoyed the martial arts scenes. I went to junior high school with Simon Rhee (Phillip Rhee's older brother), who plays the part of Dae Han in this movie, so I felt a certain sociability with the film. Both played their parts very well.
With the added talents of James Earl Jones, Eric Roberts, Sally Kirkland and Chris Penn, the story plays out well.
No 80's movie is complete without a really boxy looking sport bike motorcycle, and Tom Cruise sunglasses. So rest assured, both are in this movie.
I cannot over recommend this movie, it is a treat to watch over and over again.
To be honest, is actually good. I mean... the acting is kind of cool, the concept is interesting, the ending is unpredictable, and the fight scenes are kind of intense (even for a PG-13 movie).
NOW! What makes this movie sooo disappointing to me is the action! There are ONLY 3 action scenes: the short training scene at the beginning, the bar scene in the middle, and the final fights in the tournament at the end. The first two action scenes are so-so, but the real action comes at the tournament.
In all the fight scenes the cameras mainly focus on the fighter's faces instead of their movements! THAT'S NOT COOL! The only fight that you see a lot of cool movements is the last one. :(
Another thing that bothers me is the picture quality. It's too dark.
To conclude this, I must say that this movie doesn't suck. It's just not for action-packed junkies. If you like martial arts movies like Karate Kid then maybe you can give this one a chance. But if you want action movies with martial arts like Bloodsport or Fearless then this one is NOT for you.
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Not much of a story, but the matches are very good indeed. James Earl Jones plays the coach of a team setting out to take on five of Korea's best in a sort of mixture of martial arts.
There are loads of emotional, weepy and thoroughly soppy moments, but nevertheless it is a film that maintains ones interest throughout.
The Koreans are a joy to watch. I certainly would not have wanted to go up against them.
A very good effort.
A must-see for any fan of tae kwon do.
This is textbook boys own stuff. A disjointed batch of has beens and never will be's, becoming a team of world beaters and the strongest "team" around. Its all here - Training Montage's aplenty and a great climatic tournament scene. Excellent martial arts throughout - especially Phillip Rhee's final destruction of Dae Haan.
Switch the DVD on, brain off, and enjoy.
This is quality.