THE KING OF THE KICKBOXERS
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 4
The King of the Kickboxers is fairly much what one expects of a kickboxing film of this era. It is included here as borderline horror material because of a snuff filmmaking plot. The film travels through a minimally sketched plot it is hard to view hero Loren Avedons mission as being rooted in any kind of credible police procedure he is recruited by Interpol and sent to a foreign country (Thailand) even though he appears to not even speak the language, where he receives no training, no intel, not even any backup yet is sent into a mission where there is a high likelihood that he will be killed. The rest of the film comes by the clichés of the genre, including the inevitable martial arts training scenes presided over by a Zen master who speaks in epigrammatic puzzles.
The dialogue is extremely bad and flatly delivered by the cast. Most of this feels as though it was written by someone who is not a native English-language speaker. Witness the confrontation between hero Loren Avedon and Sherrie Rose shortly after he rescues her: They stole your dreams, they need to be punished. Whos going to do the punishing you? My crusade cards a bit full right now. Loren Avedon has a cocky, overly self-assured presence that grates on the nerves. As his character states at one point: Im a fighter, not an actor, which about sums his performance up.
The King of the Kickboxers is a film that has been construed solely in terms of pumped-up action sequences, rather than any other minimal considerations that one might ask of a film like convincing dialogue, plot or basic acting ability. As such, The King of the Kickboxers must at least be acclaimed for its fast and fierce martial arts scenes. There is a tough brutality to these like the scene where Loren Avedon slams a one-bar electric heater into a villains face. The extended climactic to-the-death bamboo cage fight sequence is a classic of the genre.
(Review copy provided courtesy of Ryan Kenner from Movies in the Attic).
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