25 November 2012 | swedzin
Being a fan of martial arts movies, and martial artist myself, I kinda liked this one. I have never heard of Jeff Speakman before, but I remember that I saw TV program and there was a martial art film "The Perfect Weapon", I missed it
but, thanks to internet today
I cached it. And I have to tell you
not bad. It's one of those good, old low budget action films, where you don't need to pay attention to absolutely nothing, just turn off your brain and enjoy some good early 90s action films.
Well, ladies and gentleman
may I present you Jeff Speakman, a master in American Kenpo and Goju-Ryu Karate. But, primarily, Kenpo is his style, which he constantly uses in his films and which he spreads around the world on his seminars. This films really turn Jeff into a low-budget star and I like how he kept his low profile during his film career, today he mostly holds Kenpo classes. What to say about Jeff Speakman regarding his acting? Well, he is not an expert in it
He did how much he could, I mean don't expect much acting in these kind of films. But, when it comes to Jeff image as martial artist on film, he had so much potential. He is really cool and has some unusual charisma. Other actors that were very recognizable (and I was pretty surprised by them here), Mako for example, good as always, but, he was type-casted as wise man to a leading character
Dante Basco, this was one of his earlier roles, but he always plays these irritating and annoying characters
he's washed up. We got James Hong as a villain, well, he is type-casted as Mako
being able to have that scary voice and presence, Toru Tanaka is also here, with his tank like presence, a fine bodyguard to a leading villain, we also have Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (yep, Shang Tsung himself) as a supporting villain Kai, to bad he didn't have more screen time, with his commanding and inspirational deliverance. Really good actor casting. To mention Leo Lee, James Lew, Philip Tan and Al Leong as fighters in the film (a real life hard hitters). And we also got Mariska Hargitay as a
well not directly, but as a somewhat potential love interest to Jeff.
Overall, it's a good action film, I recommend it. Try to relax, put your feet up and enjoy. I think you won't regret it.