2 March 2005 | kwhuneycutt
Duel...Good but not Great
Duel of Ultimate Weapons is a good martial arts film but not a great one. The film contains many of the standard plot elements of kung fu movies of the time. There is a reckless young hero, an invincible bad guy, a drunken old master, the young man's resistance to training, the young hero's initial defeat, the young man's acceptance of training, the mastery of skill and the revenge. If you are a fan of kung fu movies, you have seen this plot before. In this film an undisciplined young man is trained by an old swindler to defeat an evil martial arts master (Lee).
The best feature of this film is Hwang Jang Lee a.k.a. the "master of the leg." You may remember him from other great films such as, Drunken Master, the Secret Rivals and The Invincible Armour. Lee stars as the evil Dong Wong. Don't laugh, he's "the greatest martial arts fighter in the land." Hwang Jang Lee is of the greatest villains of the kung fu genre. Even though Lee is the villin of this film, he is still the star. The real life Teakwondo master puts on a kicking exhibition in this film. There is plenty of nice kung fu action scattered through out the film. There are a few silly moments in the movie too. The terrible English dubbing also provides many hilarious moments.
Several region 1 DVD versions of Duel of Ultimate Weapons come from a very dark print and as a result the picture quality is a bit poor.(That has been my experience anyway) All things considered, Duel of Ultimate Weapons is an entertaining old school martial arts film but not a truly great one. If you are a dedicated fan of Kung Fu movies or Hwang Jang Lee I think you'll enjoy the "Duel."
"Listen my old student, You've done much evil! It is only fitting that my only son defeat you!"
Martial Arts Genre Rating: 6/10