Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)

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Fight matches, that end when a man is either unconscious or dead, are fought in Tijuana. 2 naive friends, hoping to make a quick buck, go there. One owes money to a loan shark - giving them plenty of practice in no rule fights.

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  • Bolo Yeung in Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
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  • Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
  • Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)
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31 January 2007 | cspschofield
| A likable film, for what it is.
Shootfighter (and its sequel Shootfighter II) can claim only one real distinction; it gives Bolo Yeung a chance to play a good-guy for a change. I happen to like that. Otherwise it is a not- bad example of the 'no-rules tournament' school of martial arts film. The music strikes me as above average, and the acting isn't actually painful, but this isn't deep, significant, or an undiscovered gem of film history. It's a "B" film; an exploitation gig - what Roger Corman would do if he was into punch and kick operas.

Jet Li does this better, and so does Chuck Norris sometimes. Otherwise, you could do a LOT worse.

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Did You Know?


This film reunites William Zabka and Martin Kove from The Karate Kid (1984).


(at around 1h 7 mins) After Mongoose is killed, Hawk tells Ruben "Welcome to the finals, you're up next!". However, there are two other fights before Ruben and Hawk enter the ring.

Alternate Versions

When this was first released on video, two version were made: A 94-min R-rated version and a 96-min. unrated version. The unrated version contains more blood and gore and uncut mortal kombat type fatalities. Cut scenes include:

  • Lee (Kove) tearing out Shingo's friend's throat.
  • At the end of the exhibition match between Boa and Buck, Buck picks up Boa by the throat on to the cage and tears his heart out while Boa spits out blood and blood squirts from the heart. In the R version, we just see Buck slam Boa on to the cage and here him punch into Boa's rib cage and about five to eight cuts.
  • A fighter gets his throat slashed and blood sprays out of his throat and blood flows out of his mouth. He then falls on the mat and blood starts leaking out of his throat into a puddle of blood on the mat.
  • During another fight, a fighter grabs his opponent's arm and bites a piece of his flesh off. He then spits out the chunk of flesh. In the R version, we see him knaw on it from a distance.
  • In the fight between Ruben and Hawk, Hawk is about to get back up to fight Ruben. But since Ruben's sword was pointing down, the sword went into Hawk's stomach. In the unrated version, we see blood leaking out of his stomach and at some times start to squirt.
  • In the last fight between Shingo and Lee, Shingo grabs Lee's arm and shatters it and the flesh bursts open exposing the bone and blood from the inside. We then see Lee's battered face and him screaming. In the R version, we just hear Shingo break Lee's arm and then we see Shingo jump down on Lee with a falling knee attack to Lee's back. The R-cut is rarely available to rent and has only been seen on HBO and Cinemax. All rental outlets rent only the Uncut version.


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