Raw Force (aka Kung Fu Cannibals)
Edward D. Murphy
(Original Review Here)
A group of martial artists are taking a cruise to visit, “Warrior Island,” a place supposedly haunted by the ghosts of disgraced martial artists. A local criminal has been trading women to the cannibal monks of the island in return for jade which he sells in town. He sets the ship ablaze in hopes of protecting his secret. The martial artists along with a few of the ship’s crew wash up on shore and find themselves facing gun toting criminals and zombie warriors. They have to find a way off Warrior Island before they are shot, beheaded, or even… eaten.
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Incompetence doesn’t prevent Raw Force from being immensely entertaining. The total incongruities create an unpredictability that you just don’t get in modern film. A lurid nude scene might lead into a prolonged fight that cuts away to a slapstick joke and then suddenly a brutal murder. In keeping with its theme of the unpredictability, the movie occasionally dazzles with a great stunt or well choreographed fight. Characters vanish only to reappear thirty minutes later, ham-fisted romance sub-plots battle for time with a pointless mystery that our heroes have to puzzle out. Raw Force is smart enough to keep the plot (what there is of it) constantly moving and toss in some sex and/or violence whenever things threaten to slow down.
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Raw Force is a bizarre whirlwind of genre elements. There’s no way it should work, much less be so much fun to watch. It’s a unique film and one I would highly recommend seeking out. Vinegar Syndrome has produced a stellar Blu-ray that cleans up the film without losing a sight of it's low budget charm. Highly recommended.