Starring Patrick Kazu Tang, Johan Kirsten, David Polivka, Guk Srisawat Stephen Thomas,
Fight Choreography by Patrick Kazu Tang
Directed by Raimund Huber
DragonWolf is another feature from the gents that brought us Bangkok Adrenaline, a low budget but fun little movie with some decent fight scenes. The question is did they make that jump to the next level?
They tried, but fell flat on their faces.
The film follows two hitmen, Mozart (Tang) and his childhood friend Marcus (Kirsten). Both seem to want to kill each other, and flashbacks fill in the blanks as to why (its about a girl). Both men work in the town of Devil’s Cauldron for Brutus, the most powerful gangster in town, who has grown tired of their little war as it is hurting his businesses, and looks for them to settle things. Neither man heeds this warning, and continue to fight, with Marcus using hired killers to do his dirty work. Before long both men crash into each other, and face off in a duel to death, little knowing they are pawns in someone elses’ game…
The story here is laughable, filled with characters I just couldn’t get into, and whatever pacing the film has suffers from far too many flashbacks that are designed to pique interest, but really try to hide the weaknesses of the overall plot. The acting here is simply…pedestrian. Actually, its some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. There are no-budget films that have shown better acting. Johan Kirsten is monotone, and Patrick Kazu Tang just sleepwalks through the film. The less said about the second in command the better (that’s how he’s listed in the credits). The rest of the actors range from terrible to oh-my-god bad.
The fight choreography is simplistic and slow, with the exception of the next-to-last fight with the two Russians, and a fight between Mozart and three hitmen. These fights are better, but only by a bit. The rest is slow and the camerawork seems to lack any dynamic movement. The final fight features some of the most unimaginative sword fighting I’ve ever seen in a martial arts film, which is criminal. I expected better from Patrick Kazu Tang, and he let me down here big time.
Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 4
A barely mediocre film that is further betrayed by a terrible script and worse acting. I recommend you all skip this dreck, but if you have to:
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