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Dragon and the Hawk
Martial arts master Dragon Pak is the man who will stop at nothing to find his missing sister. Lieutenant Dana "Hawk" Hawkins is the cop who risks her career... and her life... to help him. Together they plunge into the dark and sinister world of the evil Therion...a criminal underworld of hidden laboratories, women chained in dungeons, and human experimentation in pursuit of world domination....
"Dragon and the Hawk is a fun and very entertaining martial arts movie, full of exciting action, memorable characters...." -- A.J.'s Place Movies & More
"Gehring ... was as competent as the men in the fight scenes, which was a beautiful break from Hollywood tradition." -- Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Lee busts out some genuinely impressive moves....Overall, "Dragon and the Hawk" is a fun film to watch." -- Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema
"Lee is a Korean Tae Kwon Do master, and his fight scenes... have a real street feel to them...." -- Rich Rosell, Digitally Obsessed
"This movie's combat is quality, due mostly to the talents of Julian Lee and Barbara Gehring.... " -- Grackle, Movie Review Planet
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You get The Dragon and the Hawk.
I've been a fan of kung fu flicks for years, and this one ranks just under Fists of Legend 2 for the worst kung fu movie I've ever seen. The actors visibly wait for their turn to start speaking, then they spend so much time trying to remember their lines that they manage to suck out any possible emotion. To compound matters, the dialogue is trite and blatantly banal whenever possible, so the only emotion you can experience is irritation any time someone opens their mouth. Even the supposedly humorous parts are killed by the Frankenstein quality acting exhibited by all involved in the production.
But then who cares about the writing in a kung fu movie? It's the action you're there to see right? This movie fails to deliver in this category as well. Fights are slow, poorly choreographed, and the last few sequences take place in locations that are so dark it's hard to see what's going on. Case in point, one sequence involves Dragon running up to a wall, jumping up to push off the wall, then Dragon pushes off the wall and does absolutely nothing. He just lands in front of the guy who was chasing him. What would've made more sense would be for Dragon to push off the wall and kick his pursuer. After a testy exchange with the assistant producer, (she threatened to have this review removed at one point, also accused me of being part of the apparently disgruntled production crew) I was told that they wanted Dragon to actually do the kick, but none of those shots came out right, so they just threw in a mistaken take instead. The music blows as well.
I can't see any reason to claim this movie's good. It has no redeeming qualities at all. When there's stuff like Jackie Chan, and Jet Li out there, or even David Carradine's Warrior and the Sorceress, there's absolutely no reason to bother with this one unless you just need something to make fun of Mystery Science Fiction Theater style. (Which is actually impossible since a movie with intentional camp and no earnestness doesn't have that ironically funny bent at all...)
And it seemed like a good idea for a kung-fu movie - apart from the same old plot. Girl goes to America to find dream, gets lost, kung-fu master brother (Dragon - Julian Jung Lee) comes to America to find her, beats up bad guys, happy ending.
With plenty of wham-bam, in-your-face-action.
I'm sad to say that this move flops on all counts, even the action.
Barbara Gehring plays a police detective - Hawk - who teams up with Dragon to find the missing sister. They share a link - both of their sisters are missing.
Enter the bad guy. Trygve Lode is the scheming, stiff and stereotypical Therion who is concocting some super-soldier drug and testing it on girls his thugs nab off the street.
And thus we get the Dragon and Hawk fighting Therion's bad guys and trying to save the girls.
I've seen some very bad movies in my time, believe me. But even "Ishtar" had moments that were actually funny and "Little Nicky" had some great lines.
This move isn't even campy-funny. It's rotten. The camera work is boring - each fight seen is shot from the same high-angle crane shot - and the dialogue is so stiff I was begging for some Hong Kong filmmakers to come along and dub their own English actors' voices over these bozos.
And that's bad for some of these Americans, I tell you.
Besides the acting and action, I was very perturbed to hear unnecessary swearing. It's as if the scriptwriter decided that, "Oh, this goofy scene needs some more punch!" and then dropped awkward vulgarities into the script, just to get the "R" rating. Even the actors doing the swearing looked funny saying the words, as if they knew that not even in real life do people swear this weirdly.
The only redeeming quality is that the soundtrack seemed upbeat and the DVD's special features had a music video that was actually worth watching.
But a music video does not a DVD make.
Save your pennies. If this ever makes it onto cable TV, it will definitely be on some late-nite, make-fun-of-the-movie show.
But this isn't even Mystery Science Theater 3000 funny. It's just bad.
This movie deserves a solid D-.
(I'm editing this because I just realized I'd meant to give it four stars and hit the three instead. Sorry.)
There is a plot; in fact, it's a halfway decent cop movie plot. The story follows logically. It's the way it does it that makes this a special movie. Perhaps it should be marketed to attract a cult following. I can just imagine the audience shouts now. Ah, those wild and crazy audiences at midnight...
There was one unresolved question. Where is Dragon from? Throughout the film he refers to home as Hong Kong but when called upon to speak to the shopkeeper who speaks no English, Dragon is sent because the shopkeeper speaks only Korean. Last time I checked, that's not the same as Hong Kong. Minor problem but it's been bothering me...
Full disclosure: I do know one of the actors. It did not affect my opinion of the movie. No matter if I knew one of them or not, I'd still say, see it if only for the laugh riot it might create.
But, please, pray with me that no one decides to take up the hanging ending and actually make a sequel. The world isn't ready. It never will be.
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