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Black Eagle [1988] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Doran Clark, Bruce French, Vladimir Skomarovsky
  • Directors: Eric Karson
  • Writers: Shimon Arama, A.E. Peters, Michael Gonzales
  • Producers: Ash R. Shah, Shimon Arama, Sunil R. Shah
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film 2000
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,742 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A top secret tracking device goes missing when the F-11 fighter plane transporting it is shot out of the sky. The KGB, led by the infamous Andrei (Jean-Claude Van Damme), have the upper hand in their race with the CIA to retrieve it, until the Americans level the playing field by enlisting the help of crack martial artist Ken Tani (Sho Kosugi).

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After an F11 gets shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, the U.S. Government cannot afford to lose the top-secret laser tracking devise that was on board. But unfortunately, the KGB team lead by the infamous Andrei (Jean-Claude-Van-Damme) are beating the CIA in the race to find it. The CIA has no choice but to call in their best man, master martial artist Ken Tani (Sho Kosugi), code name...Black Eagle. In response the KGB resorts to an all-out war, with the powerful Andrei matching Ken blow for blow.

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By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
The great Sho Kosugi hedlines this pseudo James Bond effort which is bolstered by some refreshing Maltese locations but suffers from poor acting, lacklustre direction and dreary dialogue. An early role for Van Damme sees him occupy the second fiddle villain, he's primarily there to match kicks with Sho. Van Damme's trademark helecopter kicks and double splits look fresh and clean and despite him having little to say, you can see why casting directors looked to him for their projects. I actually saw this on a cinema release back in the day and having just caught it again I was more than a little disappointed. Sho is great at the moody bad guy or strong silent type but here he's given plenty of dialogue which he chews through. The rediculous premise of his CIA masters forcing him to conduct a mission whilst his children are around is preposterous and the scripting tries to be sympathetic to Van Damme by giving him a love interest. Even considering its age, it's all a bit mediocre.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By j. Buckley on 12 July 2001
Format: DVD
This film is about the US airforce and there most modern tacticle plane which crashed of malta. they send there filnest agent to recover it but van damme has been sent by the kgb also.
Van damme is a plank through out most of this film until the end when he struts his stuff but this is still a poor film . Don't ask why i bought this film but i'm writing this reveiw to save you the same disapointing nightmare. Try one of van dammes film like Timecop,Hard Target, or Kickboxer cause they are real quality but in my opinion get any films by Bruce lee because he is by far the best.
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By Z1986 on 13 Nov 2014
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Happy with order. Condition as described.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
Format: DVD
A car chase in Lada's is the height of this film. I think that say's it all. Quite laughable really.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was the slowest and most non-action, action movie ever. 9 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
To start off, this movie lacks any direction, also there is no build up of excitment, no rising interest, and little or no action till the very end. I love Van-Damme movies and especially actioners of all types but I found myself desperately trying to stay awake through this. Watch this movie if you have alot of time to hopelessly squander.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A really good action movie, but the real star is MALTA!!! 24 Aug 2005
By Marcus H. Smilfer - Published on
Format: DVD
From the end of the Cold War comes a movie that was probably written at the height of the Cold War, went through several years of production and finally came out right at the end of the Cold War and this probably killed any chance it had at success. I mean, who wants to watch a movie about Russians spies fighting US spies when you can get down with that sexy East German girl in your chem class while listening to the Scorpions' song "Winds of Change" or that cool Jesus Jones ditty, "Right Here, Right Now"? As a result, this enjoyable action movie is a hidden gem that few people remember. On to the plot...

SHO KOSUGI, Star of tons of Japanese Ninja films, plays a CIA spy who is called into action when a secret US plane, an F-111, goes down in the waters off Malta. This sequence is probably the cheapest of the entire movie as we only get to LISTEN to the plane going down instead of WATCHING the plane crash. Guess they had to spend that extra money on Jean-Claude's body wax. Speaking of JC, Mr. Van Damme plays the Russian martial arts expert/ body guard who is brought in by the KGB to try to steal the top-secret warhead off the F-111 before the CIA can get it. The only catch is, first they both have to find where in the ocean the plane crashed...

Along the way, Sho kills multiple Maltese citizens and various KGB agents all while Jean-Claude romances a young lady on the KGB's tugboat. In fact, all of the killing makes JC's character a lot more sympathetic than Sho's, which I'm sure the producers did not intend. Anyway, lots of action and things blowing up later there is the final showdown with Sho and JC which...well, you'll have to watch the movie to see what happens. Take my word, though, it's a great fight scene.

As the movie progresses, the viewers are treated to scene after scene of the gorgeous Maltese countryside: churches, forts and of course lots of the beautiful blue Mediterranean. Malta is the real star of this movie. However, almost all of the actors are attempting to speak English as a second language and as a result of the conflagration of Japanese, Belgian, Maltese and fake Russian accents, entire sections of the movie are almost unintelligible. I challenge even someone with a digital comb-filter, mondo-sound TV to understand what the heck Sho and JC are saying to each other in the final fight scene. But, since I'm here trying to defend this film, let's just call that a "minor production glitch."

All-in-all this is a good action movie that can be bought for a cheap price. Sounds like a great combo to me. Since this is an international production, watch out for bootlegs that are floating around. Also, don't buy the SLP tapes churned out by "GoodTimes" movies back in the 90's. Awful quality.

Those of you who read my other review of a Malta-filmed movie, "Final Justice," be on watch for a couple of actors and locations featured in that movie. The evil bar-owner has a big role in this movie as does the heroic cab-driver. Where the heck is Hellena Abella? Ah, well, only Malta knows and Malta ain't telling...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Boring. Watch at your own risk. 6 Dec 2012
By charles - Published on
Format: DVD
Lets cut to the chase. If u want a better van damm movie. Watch no retreat no surrender. As for this it for a day u got nothing better to do.its a time killer. If your just sitting around.lets get to the this one only if u need a time killer. If u want a movie with the sickest fights watch guyver2 .yall love it.and this one shelve it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A forgotten Jean-Claude Van Damme film that should stay that way 'til kingdom come. 26 Oct 2009
By The Whatever Dude - Published on
Format: DVD
Now don't take this into the wrong direction. I like Van Damme as well as Sho Kosugi, but even they couldn't save this film from being so boring and so abysmal. I was so bored by this film, that not only did I fall asleep during the film, I couldn't even finish the thing.

An F-11 holding a device that the United States government cannot afford to lose crash lands in the Mediterranean. The KGB lead by Andrei (Played by Van Damme), unfortunately, are much closer to finding the device than the CIA. The United States government decides to send in their best man, Ken Tani, The Black Eagle (Played by Kosugi). Tani decides to head to Malta with his two kids (Played by Kosugi's own children) to find the device before the KGB does.

I have nothing else to say about this crap except that even if you're a Van Damme superfan, don't bother, and just leave it in the $3 bin at BigLots! I'm actually quite surprised Van Damme's career wasn't ruined by this travesty. Then again, he was just getting started.

Not Recommended.

DVD Extras: An okay full frame presentation (Take pride in the fact that I said that, by the way) along with the movie's trailer and production notes that no one really cares about, much like the movie itself. Also, the back of the DVD says that there's a Making-of featurette included, but there's no such thing on the DVD, but for a "film" like this, it's no big loss.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is the worst of all JCVD movies 12 Sep 2008
By Jason - Published on
Format: DVD
The Jean Claude Van Damme Review Matrix (JCVD-RM)

1. Who is he? Andrei, a knife throwing KGB agent sent by the Russians to steal the top secret U.S. equipment
2. Which family member/friend must be avenged? This early in JCVD's career, the mandatory paint-by-numbers plot pieces like this were not in place yet.
3. Does he take his shirt off? Half of the movie is on a ship in the water. You think he'd miss the chance for some rays?
4. Does he have sex with a C-List actress? JCVD goes for a little anonymous redhead in this one.
5. Is there a tournament? Perhaps if a race is sport, and all tournaments are sport, maybe it's a tournament. Otherwise it's just the Americans versus the Russians
6. Is training needed for this tournament? Only acting training
7. Does he do the splits in training or in the tournament? This may be the only movie in which a character not only does the splits while wearing a suit and a tie, but he also does it in khakis.
8. Does he punch someone in the balls? To be honest, I can't say I remember it happening. However, given the fact that I dozed off during several scenes, it's entirely possibly that JCVD performed a fistectomy.
9. Does he do a series of flying or 360 kicks? In every single fight.
10. Is his enemy unbeatable? Hardly. He's just a little Asian guy with big hair and a black belt.
11. Does he overcome an injury or other hindrance? Aside from being a Belgian, acting as a Russian, and speaking in broken English...not really.
12. Does he win? It doesn't matter - the viewer loses.

Some planes go down over the Mediterranean, and three were carrying top secret laser guidance systems. The rest is a race to get them before the Russians. Somehow, a Japanese guy codenamed "Black Eagle" goes in for the United States and a Belgian guy goes in for the Russians. And that's probably the movie's biggest problem; it's nearly incomprehensible the majority of the time because of various language barriers that aren't overcome.

A fan of JCVD, action, or good movies will be severely disappointed. He's barely in the movie, and the rest is just bad. When you begin to crave the acting talents of JCVD, then you know the rest of the movie is slop. This is definitely a blemish on his career; I'm just not sure if it's wart or a zit.
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