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Anthony is in the Phillipines visiting his father. He inadvertently interferes with the affairs of local gangster Quino, who also happens to be a champion Karate fighter. After embarrassing Quino near a local tournament, Anthony is beaten up and left for dead. An old monk nurses Anthony back to health and teaches him the ways of martial arts so he may go back and fight Quino again.

Also Known As: Karatê Warrior: O Lutador, Karate Junior, O Mestre do Karaté, To agori me to hryso heri, Il ragazzo dal kimono d'oro, Karate Kimura, The Boy in the Golden Kimono, Fist of Power, Karatemestari, Karate Warrior, Karate Warrior West, Kickboxer, o Lutador, Karate harcos, El muchacho del kimono dorado

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  • balogh-balazs-gabor
    balogh balazs gabor

    I found Karate Warrior at my video store for $.99. It’s a poorly made “young guy learns karate from old Asian master in order fight his arch nemesis over a girl” type movie. The plot is lifted from The Karate Kid 2, but Karate Warrior expands on this by adding magic to the mix. Really, really stupid magic.The funniest thing about this movie is the acting. It seems like the sound was recorded in a studio after filming had taken place, because all the performances are extremely stiff, and the characters all have rubber lips. They also all repeat the same words or phrases over again constantly.All in all, this film is a piece of crap. But when you buy a movie called “Karate Warrior” you’re probably not expecting Citizen Kane anyway.3/10

  • gunars-caune
    gunars caune

    A KARATE KID rip-off so pathetic that it isn’t really surprising that the producers of that classic never bothered suing, this is another dull-as-dishwater effort from cheap Italian director Fabrizio De Angelis, who later went on to make the cheesier and more entertaining KILLER CROCODILE films. This time around we’re stuck in US rip-off hell, however, with half a budget and zero talent. Transporting his weary cast and crew to the Philippines, a dreaded place notorious in the minds of cult films fans as being the location for the cheapest, dullest and most poorly-made cinema out there (with few exceptions), KARATE WARRIOR is another film to add to the list of Filipino-shot movies that never should have been made in the first place.The by-the-numbers plot is so mind-numbingly predictable that I can’t really be bothered to try and describe it. For the whole first hour nothing much in the way of action happens apart from a motorbike chase with some of the slowest stunts ever filmed, then finally the martial arts stuff kicks in and the film begins to become entertaining with the introduction of a wise Japanese monk named Master Kimura (played by wise-looking ancient guy Ken Watanabe). Our hero is played by Kim Rossi-Stuart (son of Giacomo I presume); but instead of a young boy as in THE KARATE KID he instead turns out to be an unlikeable, sulky eighteen year-old teenager who spends the screen time preening around and acting badly. Oh, and nobody in the film can really fight, either.Things reek of desperation when some cheesy blue lightning-bolt computer effects appear to demonstrate the power of the “dragon blow” then there’s a conclusion which is the most routine karate bout ever, finished off with fireworks for whatever reason. Along with Rossi-Stuart and Watanabe, we get two Italian film regulars in Jared Martin and Janet Agren, but sadly both are past their prime and only get to stand around in the sidelines looking concerned in any case. Snarling bad guy Quino gets to smack Rossi-Stuart’s whiny backside in one of the most hilariously badly acted beat-downs ever put on screen, then later a scene repeats itself and it seems nobody noticed. Add to this one of the poorest English dubs I’ve yet to hear – those ’70s chop-socky flicks sound fantastic in comparison – and another rubbishy score from Simon Boswell and you have one major sub-par experience. A minimum of action, no script and only some cheesy mystic stuff to recommend it, KARATE WARRIOR is a bad film for those ultimate die-hards only.

  • dovydas-akelis
    dovydas akelis

    Anthony Scott (Stuart) is an American teen who goes to the Philippines to visit his father, Paul (Martin) (credited, in classic ‘lost in translation’ style, as “Anthony father”), a journalist currently living there. After a lot of bonding time with Anthony father, Anthony runs afoul of local gangster Quino (Enrico Torralba), who also happens to be a Karate master. Quino and his thugs are even involved in a protection racket with the store owned by the father of Anthony’s love interest, Maria (Jannelle Barretto). Eventually, Quino beats up Anthony and leaves him in the forest. He is then found, and nursed back to health, by reclusive monk Kimura (Watanabe). Master Kimura also goes through great pains to teach Anthony Martial Arts (mainly because Anthony complains and resists most of the time) – but will he learn the “Dragon Blow” in time for the big tournament – the face-off with Quino? Find out, at some point…Karate Warrior is a very earnest and straight-ahead film that seems like it’s simultaneously trying to be like the Karate Kid movies and at the same time trying NOT to be like them. One of the main problems is that our hero (?), Anthony, is very whiny and not too likable. Only the gaffes provided by the unintentionally funny dubbing give him any likability. He does have a classic 80’s “Cool” look, but that’s about it. (Maybe it was the “hair stilist”, another misspelled credit, who helped him look so cool).When Anthony arrives in Manila, after getting a ride from the time-honored Wacky Taxi Driver, a bunch of punks beat him up and steal his Walkman. Not a good start. He was only asking around trying to find where his dad lives, a town apparently called Los Banos (if my high school Spanish is correct, doesn’t that mean “The Bathrooms”?), but he quickly runs into arch-baddie Quino, not to be confused with Kimo or Beano. Why his dad didn’t pick him up at the airport, like he did when his mom Julia (Agren) arrived, we don’t know. Maybe that’s why they were estranged from each other.After a motorbike chase and Anthony gets beat up by Quino, we go into the extensive forest training sequence we’ve seen many, many times before. Master Kimura yells at Anthony to RELAX NOW! That seems kind of counterintuitive, but maybe it’s all part of Kimura’s plan to deal with this whiny brat. There is no pounding, inspirational song during the training, which would have helped a lot, but the Simon Boswell music overall is catchy and stands out as being good. Also, we should mention that at this point Anthony hasn’t been wearing a shirt for a decent chunk of the movie’s running time. How can you have a protracted, shirtless training program and no song? That being said, the “Ha-do-ken”-type move, the Dragon Blow, is very cool and the movie should have gone more in that direction. Presumably the audience hopes Anthony will figure out how to use said blow at The Battle of the Karate Champions, the big tournament in town, which does look very well-attended. They also have fireworks after people get beat to a pulp.Director Fabrizio De Angelis, AKA our good old pal Larry Ludman, turns in a kind of workmanlike product here. It could have used more action and less whining – the whole thing is so darn slow. Sidestepping some of the clichés might have been nice too, but we can’t ask for a miracle. Released on Imperial Video back in the VHS days, this does seem to fit with a lot of their other output. But they did not release Karate Warrior 2, or any of the many other Karate Warrior sequels…we wonder why

  • darius-ginzburgas
    darius ginzburgas

    This one tries its best to tie a story together. Does it work? Not really and our so called hero spends most of his time as a human punching bag. Also, a reclusive monk who ponders tranquility in a forest(?) is one that I’ve never seen in any Shaw Bros. film. The training scenes with casio background music are a highlight and yes, livestock will be harmed! A karate tournament is held in a boxing ring and it looked that the public was really getting into the movie. Honestly, it’s hard to side with our “hero” and you can’t blame Quino for blowing up after taking a foot to the groin. OUCH!! Unintentionally, the logic withing the dialogue seems flawed or maybe something is missing in translation. Otherwise, you’re going to laugh at this low blow, B-grade karate romp.