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Real slice of lost 80's cheese.
on October 21, 2015
This movie has just the bare minimum of stuff in it to actually qualify as a movie. At it's core, it's a crass and cynical advertisement for Tae Kwon Do. But it also has the same heart of a 'we are actually trying to make a movie' movie. Which is the state of mind that all good bad movies come from. And I'm happy to say this movie falls on the right side of good bad.
The plot revolves around a group of orphaned TKD exponents who also front a hot band called Dragon Sound, that has sweeped the local club scene. This has caught the attention of a group of cocaine re-appropriating and reselling ninjas, who would have an obvious disdain for the group's hit single 'Fight the Ninja'. The plot is completely irrelevant. This movie is almost entirely made up of loosely slapped together scenes and character moments that play out like an alien once took a high school acting class and decided to make a movie as a result.
Taken as a whole, it's wonderfully bizarre. Filler scenes are allowed to play out uninterrupted. Entire songs are performed, which don't even attempt to advance the plot at all. Meanwhile the actually plot important scenes get either no time, or have weird and nonsensical cuts.
The lead actor is also nearly incomprehensible in some scenes. Although, to be fair, in this movie the dialogue hardly matters. What's important that ninjas are mad at a rock band.
For being an old lost 80's movie, the transfer doesn't look too bad. Some scenes suffer from film grain, but it's not too bad. I'm actually surprised this film is in as good of shape as it's in. The company distributing the movie really did give it a lot of love while restoring it. The audio is also surprisingly crisp. Some of the post ADR effects in the scenes are actually really good. Shockingly good for this type of film.
And the soundtrack is wonderfully 80's cheese. The band in the film has several tracks that play throughout the film, and they are awful in a wonderful way. It's all about friendship, loyalty, and stopping the ninja's senseless killing.
This is definitely a group watch though. While it's a fun bad movie, it doesn't reach the heights as some of the other films from the decade. So it's best with a group of friends to make fun of it.
As it is, it's an interesting little capsule of it's time period. It's all ninjas, rock bands, and stupid cocaine all the way down. If this sounds like a good time to you, then by all means check it out. Bring some friends too, while you are at it.