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The Korean Connection
Pathfinder Home Entertainment // Unrated // January 21, 2003
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Review by J. Doyle Wallis | posted February 25, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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Well, why mince words? This is a terrible, terrible movie.

Things are looking pretty downtrodden for Tiger. After his father was killed as a child, he was taken in by an gangster and promised to serve him all of his life. Eventually he wants out when he falls in love and he is subsequently set-up, kicked out, framed, you tell me, the plot doesn't make much sense. And it really doesn't help that it is told by means of a flashback within a flashback within a flashback.

Some hired killers go after him, sort of a hand weapon trio, a hatchet guy, a knife guy, and a cane guy. At first I thought they were hired by his ex-boss, but actually they are under the employ of a bad guy named Yamamoto, who also wanted Tigers girl and may or may not (like I said, the plot doesn't make much sense) have stolen some secret government papers.

And then there is the guy with the flute wearing a puffy red shirt, brown leather vest and short pants with knee socks living in a tent in the middle of a park, who offers his martial skills to Yamamoto but is actually Tiger's bud. Trust me, I didnt care. You wont either.

Ugh. This is the kind of flick that gives kung fu films such a bad name. Watching one of these cheapies before seeing a decent kung fu film would kill anyones taste for the genre. I really cannot think of a single redemptive quality the film has other than the few unintentional giggles it got out of me. Mostly I was just bored, annoyed, and dreading the minutes as they passed by. And that is pretty bad, especially when the film is far shorter than most movies, even your average kung fu feature, and clocks in a mere 1 hr and 14 mins.

A Glimpse at The Ridiculous- Tiger is being chased by bad guys and ducks into a random girls apartment. Roughly, the first words out of her mouth are "Wait, my brother is a secret agent. You can help him."..... Tiger walks down a bridge and fights a dozen or so bad guys with a red leather purse. After whipping them for a bit, cut to a girl walking up on the scene, and now all of the bad guys have vanished from the bridge..... When he was five years old, my nephew made better cinematic choices with our home video camera. I did like, for no apparent reason other than committing a fashion crime, one of the various thugs is wearing a Wild Wild West Artemus Gordon outfit.

I cannot help but turn off the adroit side of my brain.- Korean Connection sucks.

The DVD: Pathfinder Pictures

Picture: Non-anamorphic Letterbox. Well, the film looks pretty ragged, even by cheap-o chop socky standards. This print is barely watchable, one of the worst of the worst DVD images I've seen. Clearly not taken care of, the print is mired with terrible age wear, flickering, burned edges, and, naturally, ever present dirt and lines. No big surprise there, it is old school kung fu. But, the worst thing is the grayed contrast and too dark image. Much of the film, not just night time or indoor scenes but even simple outdoor daylight scenes, are so fuzzy and lost in a black haze that it makes even simple definition of peoples faces unclear.

Sound: Mono English dub. The audio holds up much better than the image, no really bad distortions other than some dub muffle. The sound fx are terrible, but that's the film makers fault. The fx is completely out of synch with the action, just randomly thrown in with no real attempt to synch it with the fights. Your usual bad English dub done by unenthusiastic and hammy voice actors. The worst is Tiger's gang boss, whose voice actor sounds like Henry Kissenger trying to do an impersonation of Fozzy the Bear.

Extras: Chapter Selections--- Trailer--- DVD Production Credits

Conclusion: The fighting stinks. The acting stinks. The story- barely there anyway- stinks. The print on this DVD stinks. Need I say more? Save your cash for far better kung fu films and far better transfers.

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