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Monday, December 1, 2003

Kung Fu Fighting

I went to the video store Saturday and picked up a movie. I thought I was getting some typical action packed cops and robbers shoot-'em-up: "China Strike Force". Well it was and it wasn't. It was made in Shanghai, not Hollywood. The actors, almost all Chinese, were speaking English, it wasn't dubbed. The writing was abysmal. The stunts were amazing, so over the top that I laughed, harder than I have in a long time. The one non-Chinese actor was an old rapper by the name of Coolio. His character was abysmal. I don't know if he did a good job of playing a complete idiot, or whether he really is one. But he got in some Kung Fu fighting. Not as good as the Chinese, but not bad for a rapper. It was like they were trying to make a Jackie Chan movie, but they didn't quite. Some good shots of Hong Kong and Shanghai, which is one of the attractions of James Bond movies and the TV series Alias. And then there were the Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes. I can't recommend it, unless you really don't have anything else to do for a couple of hours.