Sunday, February 28, 2016
Kill and Kill Again
Plot Synopsis: Dr. Horatio Kane has been kidnapped, and is being forced to create an army of martial artists who will help take over the world. His daughter, Kandy Kane, enlists the help of Steve Chase (and a few of his friends) to rescue her father before it's too late.
Just what is the greatest martial arts film ever made? Most people say Enter the Dragon. Some say Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The Octagon is quite popular. I know a few people who would say Bloodsport. There all idiots! Kill and Kill Again is hands down the greatest Kung Fu film ever made! It's so good I still have the Beta-Max video tape. It has everything you could want in a film. Action, comedy, romance, evil villains. Everything a serious film watcher would love. I absolutely adore this film. I first saw it when I was a little boy. It played on cable no stop in the 80's and I watched it every time it was on. This was the film that made me love martial arts. I watch it at least once a year to this day. I can recite the film verbatim, and even mimic all of the fight scenes.
Kill and Kill Again stars James Ryan as Steve Chase, the worlds greatest martial artist. The film starts with him at a hotel to receive an award for being the worlds best martial artist. Didn't know there was such a thing. Well hes running late as he's busy beating the crap out of a couple of guys who tried to assault a hot blond chick. Turns out it was a set up and the blond, named Kandy Kane wanted to see just how good Chase is. She liked what she saw and tells him she need him to rescue her father who has been kidnapped by the evil Marduke! See her dad was working on a formula to extract fuel from potatoes, and turns out he discovered a by product which is a mind control serum. So Marduke somehow not only found out about this, but got his hands on it and has taken over an entire town and renamed it New Babylonia. He holds Enter the Dragon style matches with his champion The Optimist, and plans on releasing this potato mind control serum into the worlds water supply. I have to say Marduke is a great villain. Not because he;s evil, but because he wears a fake beard. Yes a fake beard. How do I know it's fake? Because it is so cheap you can tell its glued on.
So Steve Chase must go into new Babylonia and save the world. But he needs a crack team. Joining him will Be Kandy Kane, a martial arts master, Gypsy Billy, a former world kick boxer. Gorilla, a former pro wrestler who now has a lifetime ban from the sport for biting peoples ears off. Hot-Dog, a fast talking con man. And The Fly, who is not only a Kung Fu master, but he can levitate, and walk down walls as well.
As Marduke knows Steve and his team are coming for them, he has traps set up around every corner. By traps I mean about 50 guys to attack the group, and also for Marduke to see if Chase is as good as they say, as he wants him to fight his Optimist. Basically this is an excuse to have a large scale martial arts fight every 5 minutes. Which is a good thing. In fact in this 90minute film, I would say 70minutes of it are fight scenes Basically Chase and his team drive about 10 miles get stopped by a group of Marduke's evil martial artists and a fight ensues.
Of course Chase and his team make it into the town, are caught and each have to fight in a martial arts tournament, where Chase does his final battle with The Optimist. It's really not that much of a battle as Chase handles him almost with ease. The town is saved, and the potato mind control serum is destroyed.
This really is my favorite martial arts film. Its fun, has almost nothing in it but action, and the chemistry between all the leads is actually very good. I have seen this well over 100 times easy. The DVD is out of print and sells for a pretty good amount of cash. Unfortunately its just a VHS Transfer, so hopefully one day it will get the release it deserves. If you don't mind dropping over 50.00 though, just buy it. It's the best martial arts film ever. Some idiots will say "No, Enter The Dragon is the best martial arts film ever made." Like I said, their idiots. The bad guy in Enter The Dragon had a fake hand. This bad guy has a fake beard!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!