How this DVD landed on my lap I have no idea. The Buddha
Assassinator (great title, by the way) is a 70's kung fu movie,
which means lots of fast zooms, choppy editing, manic fights, and
dubbing, of the "You killed my master! Prepare to
die!" variety. If Buddha Assassinator were the only film of its
kind it would be required viewing, but the fact is
that there are thousands of movies exactly like this one. Fans of the
sophisticated physical comedy of Jackie Chan,
or the historical sweep of the grand costume dramas of the 80's and
might be expecting something other than the chop-socky thrills to be
NOTE: A DVD is being released later this year by the name: Shaolin Dolemite Collection - Buddha Assassinator. It seems to be another release of the same film, but this time hosted by Rudy Ray Moore and featuring jive-talkin' dubbing. Someone get me that version, ferchrissakes!
The video is a travesty. The opening credit sequence is vertically
stretched to keep the titles on screen. The rest of the film is cropped
at the sides. There are damage to the print, damage to the video master, and problems with the
The 2.0 consists of bad music and worse dubbing. It doesn't sound
A selection of "trailers" (really just bad edits of scenes scored with
videogame music) includes several for early Jet Li movies (here he's
called Jet Lee).
I don't want to give the impression that there is something wrong with
The Buddha Assassinator. Sure, the presentation is lackluster,
but we're talking about a movie that probably received its US premiere
at a 42nd street grind house. There is a large audience for this sort of
grimy, raw kung fu flick and, for those fans, The Buddha
Assassinator delivers. Now, good luck finding it.
Other martial arts DVDs:
Drunken Master III
Gil Jawetz is a graphic designer, video director, and t-shirt designer. He lives in Brooklyn.