Anyone else remember this US made martial arts flick? It's been ages since I have seen it on a videotape rental,and I'm only about ten minutes into it, but it seems like it will be as fun as I remember it to be. It was on whatever Siskel and Ebert's show was back then, and I think they both enjoyed it for what it was. At least Roger did, as I remember him talking about the traditional sounds the kicks and punches made in the movie.
Bong Soo Han as Rev. Rhee, being the villain, and he's quite good. The rest of the cast is decent, though I don't know many of the stars, but Joe Lewis as Jim Martin is good as the lead, and it's fun to see Benny Urquidez as Billy Ortega, as a good guy for a change. He's doing his best Bruce Lee here, at least in the beginning. Heck, Richard Norton even is a good guy in this one!
The plot is pretty basic- religious leader on an island and he may or may not be dangerous. It's serviceable, and the cast never treats the movie like a parody, but they do have fun with it. There's a slight promise of a strange beast in the movie, one that the right Rev Rhee uses to kill his enemies. The revelation of said "monster" was kind of a disappointment.
Looking forward to the rest of the movie!