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A fair but not great martial arts movie.
on April 5, 2014
I have been an enthusiastic fan of anything to do with the martial arts for more than sixty years. I also enjoy Asian martial arts movies and I have seen and written reviews on many of them. I am also a fan of the late David Carradine and lately I have watched several of his movies. I have enjoyed viewing all of them, but I was somewhat disappointed in this movie DVD (Son of the Dragon) in which they attempted to make an almost three hour epic film but failed in spite of some of the colorful scenes. David Carradine plays the teacher (Bird) of a young thief played by John Reardon (D.B.). The story begins with D.B. stealing even though his teacher has attempted to teach this immature boy differently. As usual, David Carradine was believable and interesting, but his co-star John Reardon was terrible and I intend to avoid ever seeing this actor in any future movie.
Carradine also takes care a group of homeless poor children and the story centers around D.B. attempting to pass himself as a royalty because he fails in love with a Princess. There are numerous tests Carradine and Reardon must pass in order for them to win the favor of the Princess. I found most of the action scenes lacking and three hours was way too long for this movie. Some of the fight scenes were okay, but not great. If this movie was cut down to 90 minutes it might have been a better movie.
If you enjoy long colorful martial arts films with poor acting by the supposed hero you might enjoy this film. Personally, I found it to be one of the most boring martial arts films I have ever seen lately.
Rating: 3 Stars and I am being generous. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)