Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Enson Inoue Vs Igor Vovchanchyn
Lessons from MMA
Right at the start surprisingly Enson brawls with Igor and survives. They end up in the ground which is Enson's strong suit. For the majority of the match they stay on the ground, Igor inside Enson's guard. Igor delivers a brutal pounding until the referee stops it. Igor is a physical monster, but Enson is no slouch either. Enson has a proven record that he can submit top athletes from the guard position. Despite these two points in this match Enson is unsuccessful at submitting Igor even though he tries repeatedly. Igor is successful in this match because he attacks at the right time and defends when he needs to. When Enson goes for a submission attack, Igor defends, he then takes advantage of the opening and attacks. When you attack you become vulnerable, this principal was effectively used against Enson in this match. When Igor attacks from within the guard, he makes sure not to over extend himself. Submissions require leverage using the entire body so this is difficult to execute safely, you have to commit and use your entire body. So it's like watching a boxer who uses only a jab versus a boxer who only uses a KO punch. Who has the advantage? The boxer who has the jab can wear down the other boxer. I think Enson could have played a very tight submission game and added some strikes to wear down Igor while still threatening him with submissions. There are two ways to do submissions. One is very dynamic the way Rickson Gracie does it, this requires excellent timing. The other way is to be very tight and methodical. This is a safer way to do submissions but the downside is that it telegraphs your intent and takes the fight towards a battle of attrition.
Ryushi Yanagisawa vs John Lober This is a Pancrase match so it's not full MMA. However there are still very good lessons to be learned here. Lober goes for the takedown immediately and is put inside the guard by Yanagisawa. From there Lober mixes up going for the leg with palm strikes to the head. Yanagisawa in a defensive position, blocks each type of attack. Lober then gets his foot lock countered with a footlock from Yanagisawa. At this point Lober delivers a strong palm strike, interesting enough, Yanagisawa had the sense to let go of the footlock and block the strike. After that, both men go for the footlock on each other. Lober has a hard time securing his because Yanagisawa straightens out his leg. Then Yanagisawa secures his anklelock solid breaking Lober's leg.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Ninja Death 3
I really tried to like this film but honestly it seems like a big mess, the problem may come from the fact that we have a Chinese kung fu production trying to make a ninja flick done in a kung fu style. In fact it really feels like a kung fu flick pretending to be a ninja flick.
Maybe it would make sense if I had seen the 1st and 2nd film, but something tells me yeah right, because it's such a mess I had a hard time understanding the plot but this is what I was able to figure out, I might be totally off, so please forgive me if I am.
Oh and real quick, this film has an intro that really doesn't make any sense but it's cool, the music rocks, it must be some kind of preview type thing, and it starts with some ninjas flipping, the main character oiled up flexing his muscles, and then basically it's just a bunch of fight scenes.
I think the story takes place in China, and the main character is a stud named Tiger. Tiger is half Japanese and half Chinese. The movie starts where he is told for the first time that his mom comes from a powerful family in Japan, and if he sees a masked ninja he must not fight him because it's his Dad. Let's think about that for a second, his Dad is a masked ninja, hmmm, I wonder how many ninjas are masked... how is he suppose to be able to tell which one is his dad?
Anyways for some reason the guy that tells him this dies, yeah he looks like he was hurt for some reason, and then he suddenly seems to commit suicide.
Next we have a topless masked ninja acting feral for some reason, he passes out from the sound of a flute which makes no sense, and he's captured by an old man in a gold ninja outfit who is called the Grand Master, he is the main villain of this film. His special weapons are two club maces that are pretty cool but it gets silly when he starts chain launching the explosive spiked ball which has the ability to return intact even though they explode, and of course the length of the chain is ridiculously long as well.
Tiger has a blind master teaching him martial arts, and he also has an attractive female friend named Sakura who is about his age, and also serves him. by this point you start to figure out that he is some kind of nobility.
Anyways his blind master, tests Tiger one day by attacking him with 3 other masters, one of them has a hump on his back that looks pretty comical, but the 4 of them jump Tiger and Tiger is able to hold his own. So I guess Tiger passed the test. So now he must fight a female ninja which is called a Kunoichi. The female ninja wipes the floor with Tiger.
Then all of a sudden, the blind master and everyone is making a huge deal how they absolutely failed because Tiger is no good. They solve this by giving Tiger a kung fu book. So now Tiger starts training on his own off of a book with really bad drawings. He finds out that the female ninja who beat him was his mom. And the blind master and Sakura who also happens to be a female ninja, were all working for the mom. Now there is huge drama because Tiger is upset that he grew up as an orphan. The mom says she was forced to abandon him, but they don't explain why.
Anyways he needs to become a good fighter so that he can defeat the evil Grand Master. Apparently after training from the book he is ready.
Why they want the Grand Master defeated is a mystery to me.
In the most bizarre scene Tiger's mom brings over Sakura and orders Tiger to sleep with Sakura the night before his big fight with the Grand Master, no kidding, she actually brings Sakura over to Tiger. And when Tiger is like, wtf? The mom gives some elaborate story about a Kung Fu legend that had sex the night before his fight won because he was able to relax of all things, and the opponent that didn't died, so of course Tiger who is probably a virgin sleeps with Sakura who is also probably a virgin, and as you can imagine now they are in love and their mind seems pretty distracted from the big fight.
Anyways by the end of the film, Tiger is fighting the Grand Master and not doing well, suddenly the masked ninja appears in a really cool outfit, and I gotta say the mask is real nice too. Anyways this is suppose to be Tiger's dad, I don't know why he acted like a wild beast at the beginning, but this time he fights like a Kung Fu ninja, father and son get to team up against the Grand Master. Sadly Tiger's dad dies but Tiger is able to defeat the Grand Master. The film pretty much ends here, definitely in the so bad it's good category of film, the memorable characters helps make this interesting, even though there are some huge plot holes.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO
film review by Wmpyr
Let me start by saying there is a catchy theme song repeated throughout the film, which works because the music is good.
This film actually has some big names in it, Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Mr. Tagawa from Mortal Kombat (Shang Tsun) and Rising Sun, he does a good job as the Yakuza boss in this film and portrays a solid main villain, Tia Carrere, and Toshiro Obata from the Ninja Turtles movies. This film is basically about the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, and Obata does such a good job as the 2nd in command of the Yakuza boss, he really carries the film. Not to take anything away from Dolph and Brandon of course, because they are so charismatic. The film starts off with illegal gambling for underground fighting, and Dolph literally swings in like Tarzan, and takes out the two fighters in the ring by himself, what an entrance! This film has lots of fight scenes, you pretty much don't want to miss any of them because they are good, we have guns, knives, and various martial arts weapons, and just a whole ton of action at a pretty fast pace with crazy memorable scenes, so this film is a B-movie done right, even though its famous for some filming errors.
Out of Brandon Lee's films I'd have to say that The Crow is my favorite, Rapid Fire is a good one if you like martial arts action, and then this one is his 3rd best, meaning this is not a bad film at all if you like martial arts action flicks.
Scenes you don't want to miss:
Dolph jumps over a classic convertible heading right for him with a flying side kick, they used trick cinematography, and a launch pad but still it looks quite real and the idea is awesome it just puts a smile to my face. Another scene with Dolph when he takes out 5 guys without spilling a drop of tea in a zen like manner which goes with his character. We get to see some powerful looking karate moves from Dolph and one guy attacks him with a butterfly knife, in the same fight scene we are immediately introduced to Brandon Lee and have a very short dream match where Brandon fights Dolph. It's a very nice contrast to see the quick and agile fighting style of Brandon versus the big powerful style that Dolph brings.
Another memorable scene is when a Yakuza guy commits ritual suicide by snapping his own neck.
In a strange scene, the Yakuza leader, uses a Katana sword to decapitate a crack head while having sex with her in public. There is quite a bit of nudity in this film, topless girls sumo wrestling and eating sushi off of naked girls just to name a few. We also have a Yakuza finger removing scene done by none other than Simon Rhee from Best of the Best. The fight scene at the bath house is another show stealer, the main fight is with Dolph versus a Sumo Wrestler.
At about an hour into the film, Brandon has one of the most bizarre lines ever when he comments about the size of Dolph's junk.
There is a scene where Dolph and Brandon get tortured in a similar manner to the Lethal Weapon torture scene. Of course the heroes escape, and from there the heroes go into hiding and we get a small training scene with Dolph, and I'm glad they squeezed it in, because how could you not like training scenes in a martial arts flick. The Samurai outfit he wears is pretty silly but definitely something you don't see often! Fight scene between Brandon and Obata does not disappoint, to me it rivals the main fight in Rapid Fire. It's really no surprise considering the impressive martial arts background that Obata has. But then again there are many talented real martial artists in this film.
Last but not least the Japanese spoken by some of the people in this film was painful to listen to, I wish they didn't make those poor actors do that.
All in all I have to say that Showdown in Little Toyko is a successful execution!