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Shootfighter [DVD]

Bolo Yeung , Maryam d'Abo , Patrick Alan    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bolo Yeung, Maryam d'Abo, William Zabka, Michael Bernardo, Sigal Diamant
  • Directors: Patrick Alan
  • Writers: Judd Lynn, Larry Felix Jr., Pete Shaner, Robert Ginty
  • Producers: Alan Amiel
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWOY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In Martial Arts, 'Shootfighting' is one of the most lethal forms of the profession, so when Teng and Shingo prepare to fight in the ring the outcome can only be violent...'.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shootfighter 12 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Some good fights on this film. Bags of cheese though. Very low budget. You really have to love martial arts films to get into this. It has a kind of fresh quality about it though. Basically a guy gets tangled up in illegal underground fighting tournaments run by bad guys. His mate tries to get him out with the help of Shingo (Bolo). I own it and I love it despite it's weaknesses. So give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shootfighter 11 Aug 2002
By Ian
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This is a great martial arts film. The main setting is the underground world of shootfigting, brutal cage fights with weapons where opponents fight to the death. Entering this dangerous world are two good guys who are fighting for the money to keep their karate school from closing down. These guys have been trained by the world undefeated champion bolo yeung who is hard as nails. The two guys get in over their heads and one quits while the other chooses to carry on. The scene is set for a show down as bolo yeung and his disciple come to the rescue and fight with the bad guy from the karate kid movies.
This film takes all the good bits from your favourite martial arts films and turns them into a fresh faced exciting new film.
It has light hearted moments and some supriseingly good acting. No martial arts film collection is complete without it my copy sit between Fist of fury and Out for justice. Five stars...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Quality 5 Jan 2013
By lister
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This review is for the UK 2002 DVD release of Shootfighter. First off the picture is washed out and blurry, it's not in widescreen and the sound quality is bad.I paid 0.49p for my copy and i still feel i got ripped off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Here are the rules: In the ring, there are no rules" 31 July 2009
By Mike Sehorn - Published on
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"Shootfighter" is among those movies included in a short list of films - among No Retreat, No Surrender, The King of the Kickboxers, and others - that are universally venerated among martial arts fans but that few folks have actually seen. Usually the films on this list live up to their legend and are worth paying the chunk of change they tend to go for nowadays, but in the case of this karate spectacle that mixes hand-to-hand combat with weapons, I'm not entirely convinced I got my money's worth. Sure, the fighting beats the crud out of many a modern Steven Seagal or Van Damme flick and there's a lot to be said for a film that accumulates such a large roster of legitimate kung fu talent, but as far as dynamism, utilization of resources, and actual fighting is concerned, I have seen better.

The story: Nick (Michael Bernardo, "WMAC Masters") and Ruben (William Zabka, High Voltage) are two karate-practicing buddies who misguidedly fall into the world of illegal shootfighting via an underground tournament concocted by the evil Mr. Lee (Martin Kove, The Karate Kid). Stuck in a circuit where the only way out is as champion or corpse, it's up to their teacher Shingo (Bolo Yeung, Bloodsport) to save them...but doing so would involve facing the man who killed his best friend.

On the surface, "Shootfighter" appears to be a superior low-budget actioneer: the acting isn't great but is far from sucking, the premise ties into modern society's obsession with mixed martial arts, and - my goodness! - just look at that roster of fighters! In addition to Yeung, Kove, Bernardo, and Zabka, there's Hakim Alston and Chris Casamassa (Mortal Kombat), John Barrett (American Kickboxer 1), Erik Betts ("WMAC Masters"), Thunderwolf (Bloodmatch), Kisu (Dragon Fire)...and that's just considering the fighters that are given an introduction. Most of the guys are legitimate kung fu practitioners and could probably have put on the same show in real life as they did in the movie, but what's more impressive is their mastery of weapons: quarterstaffs, rattan sticks, sickles, spears, nunchukas, and swords are called forth to increase the level of violence, which occasionally peaks at gory levels which include a shredded throat, a snapped forearm, and a ripped-out heart.

With that being said, consider that the movie works better as a cumulative spectacle than as a collection of them. Of the 'round fifteen fights, no single one stands out in particular (with the possible exception of a weapons encounter featuring Kazja Patschull), due to the brawls being either too short, featuring too many pauses between the action, and/or the insistence on implied "realism" that take away much of the ebb and flow of the encounters. There are plenty of cool moves but these are generally limited to one or two per fight, and it's harder to appreciate these on their own than as of a well-rounded battle. Also, seeing as he's more or less the headlining name among the cast, it's particularly disappointing that Bolo Yeung has two of the worst fights of the movie, the second against Martin Kove.

During the end credits, Yeung is shown practicing tai chi on a beach, and this alone is prettier and more impressive than almost any fight in the movie as far as I'm concerned. When it comes to a film like this, all that matters is the action: simplistic storylines and bad acting can be forgiven if the kicks and punches are awesome, but even though this film was definitely an inspired feat, it has a lot to learn about just letting its fighters duke it out to the end. Give it a buy if you're an enthusiast, but otherwise, mainstream Hollywood has already surpassed "Shootfighter."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense must-see martial arts action 19 Aug 2006
By dominion_ruler - Published on
Shootfighter is just about the best American-made martial arts movie ever. There is a decent story, good characters (2 from the Karate Kid movies), lots of action, and superb cage fighting - with weapons.

The movie begins in Hong Kong, with Shingo (played by Bolo Yeung) and Lee (played by Martin Kove) who are about to fight off in the Shootfighter finals. Before Lee makes it to Shingo, he is banned from Shootfighting for killing his prior opponent. Lee begins his own Shootfighting tournament in Mexico, with weapons in the final round. In order to regain his honor, Lee lures 2 of Shingo's students (William Zakba and Michael Bernardino) to participate in the tournament in hopes that Shingo will follow.

The fighting in the movie is extreme and intense, especially the weapons matches in the final round. There is plenty of blood and some gore, and the fights are lengthy, look real, and are evenly matched. There is also a lot of wonderful choreography. The finals alone last for about the final 30 minutes of the film. The scene for the tournament is in a pretty decent looking locale: an underground caged ring with a screaming dinner audience of betters.

As far as the characters go, the movie has a decent list. Most notable are Martin Kove and William Zakba from the Karate Kid movies. There are also a couple of good fighters from other movies, played by John Barret (American Kickboxer 1) and Thunderwolf (Bloodmatch). Most of the acting isn't too bad, but there are cheesy moments. Unfortunately, if you are a fan of Bolo Yeung, this is not his best role. He doesn't do the good guy much justice, especially with the plenty of dumb one-liners he has. He does get a chance to kick some butt pretty good in the end though.

Overall, Shootfighter is fast paced and above average quality as far as American-made martial art movies go. If you are looking for some of the most intense fights, look no further. This is easily an hour and half of enjoyable movie watching.
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD didn't play waited 3 weeks for a DVD that didn't play 22 Feb 2014
By chris braddy - Published on
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I waited 3 weeks or more for this DVD and when it arrived it wouldn't play. I inspected the disc to find cloudy lines in the disk but not scratch marks. The disc cleaner was unable to clean those lines. My money was wasted on this item
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Film for Fighting Fans! 5 Nov 2009
By Xuse - Published on
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I was totally surprised with how much I enjoyed this movie. Not only does Bolo Yeung play a good guy but the bad guy is Martin Kove from Karate Kid! William Zabka is also in the movie but that is less exciting. The fights are decent, the story took three writers and someone gets their heart ripped out! Awesome! This movie also features some of the best hairstyles I have ever seen. The editing made my head hurt in a good way! If you love movies like Kickboxer, Bloodsport or really any awesome fighting movie, this is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the un-rated version 10 Mar 2006
By Ronnie Clay - Published on
This has lots of blood and gore. It all started in China a fighting tournament was being held Mr. Lee fought and killed a friend of Bolo and Lee wanted to fight Bolo next but they forbide him to fight anyone else in Hong Kong ever again cause he's a murder. So Lee started a Shooting business in Mexico were you fight to the death is is forbidden in other countries especially U.S. Bolo's students were sent an invitation to fight in Mexico in the finals they have weapons were you kill you opinionet.
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