Monday, April 30, 2007

Challenge of the Tiger (1980)

Wonderfully awful hybrid of the kung fu and espionage genres, with Bruce Le providing the majority of the fight muscle and Richard Harrison hogging all of the love muscle. Le is a quivering mass of rage whose first instinct whenever happening upon something unfamiliar is to try and kick the holy hell out of it, while Harrison shows little to no interest in things that he can't fuck. Together, they're out to stop a plot that will render the world's men infertile. It's about as goony as it sounds, and though it never quite tops the wondrous insanity of its opening twenty minutes (in which, among other things, Harrison engages in topless tennis with a extremely buxom lady and Le beats up a bull), it's B-level fun all the way. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention that, in spite of the general incompetence of the filmmaking, the final duel between Le and kung-fu legend Hwang Jang Lee is quite solidly choreographed.

Grade: B-


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