Ultimate Fight
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Tony Leung Siu Hung.

Directed by Tony Leung Siu Hung, Chairman of the HK Stuntmen's Association. Starring Lau Kar Wing, the old Shaw Brothers action master, as a retired Jujitsu expert. I'm telling you all this so that you can be as profoundly disappointed in this crap as I was. It must be required by law for Hong Kong to produce at least one Fight Competition movie, and each one seems worse than the last, even when, after such junk as Extreme Challenge and Anna in Kung Fu Land, it no longer seemed possible to sink any lower. Cyrus Wong is the young man who must train up to avenge his master's dishonour in the last competition, meted out by his former student Luther (Horace Lee). Yoyo Yiu is the master's daughter, and our hero's love interest. But so what, this movie is complete crap. The action scenes are boring, and even worse, ridiculously sped up to as to look like keystone cop kung fu. The only interesting thing about ULTIMATE FIGHT is that it uses some real kung fu styles in the fights, and Jujitsu is an interesting technique. I suspect this angle was inspired by the focus on Judo in the Johnnie To production Throwdown, released a few months earlier. So forget this movie, just watch THROWDOWN again instead.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 28, 2005.

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