Who among us doesn’t find clandestine kumite tournaments appealing? At least, from the POV of a spectator, rather than courting near-certain CTE from a dangerous enterprise where fighters fight mostly for honour (much like in the UFC, the returns are pretty meager).
It was arguably Jean Claude Van Damme who put kumite on the map. But who wants to argue? After all, arguments often lead to fist fights and that…ah, ok. LET’S ARGUE!
But also, let’s bring the tournaments back, at least in cinematic form and from the relative safety of our sofas (relatively, as it’s known that sedentary lifestyles are linked to poor health outcomes). And who better bring the mighty kumite back into public consciousness than the redoubtable and equally incredible Cynthia Rothrock, of Martial Law and No Retreat, No Surrender 2?
Women kick ass, generally, and in this case, literally and very specifically.
Rothrock is a bona fide martial artist, a Delaware-born black belt, who if you mess with her, will hit you with so many lefts, you’ll be begging for a right (thanks, Chuck Norris).
We first got wind of this film, mostly through sordid underworld connections. Just kidding. It’s through sordid underworld connections AND via friend of the site, Jason Brant, whose YouTube channel and So Bad, It’s Good takes frequently align with ours.
If you’re a fan of 80s and 90s action movies, you’ve come to the right place. And if you still have recessionary discretionary dollars kicking around post-funding that film, throw us a bone too and check our our tome/homage to kick ass cinema, Mine’s Bigger Than Yours! The 100 Wackiest Action Movies.