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    B-MOVIE BINGO: LADY DRAGON

    LADY DRAGON (1992)
    Showing Wednesday 7/5/2017 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Kathy Gallager (Cynthia Rothrock) is out to avenge her husband’s killer. Captured by her enemy, she is left for dead, until an old master heals her body and spirit with care and wisdom. He teachers her unorthodox techniques – the ways of the dragon and creates and invincible fighting machine – A LADY DRAGON.

    Equipped with this new force, she sets a showdown with her nemesis. It gives her the opportunity for revenge and above all, her last chance to prove herself. She is out to seek revenge the only way she knows. Directed by David Worth (RAPTOR ISLAND, NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE).

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: GYMKATA


    GYMKATA (1985)

    Showing Tuesday 11/1/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In 1980, the Soviet Union hosted the Olympics, and the United States boycotted the games. This meant that world champion gymnast Kurt Thomas was unable to compete. One thing led to another, and he eventually went on to star in a movie called GYMKATA in 1985. It was his only starring movie role, and his only real attempt at anything movie-related, and we’re finally showing it for B-Movie Bingo.

    Thomas stars as Jonathan Cabot, a fighter who is approached by a CIA-like entity known as the “SIA” (Special Intelligence Agency) to participate in something called “The Game”. The Game takes place in the mysterious and dangerous country of Parmistan, which is sort of near the Himalayas. In this game, he navigates a disorienting obstacle course through the rugged Parmistan backcountry while fighting off vicious Parmistani warriors. His prize for winning The Game is his life–and one wish. The US government wants him to use that single wish to secure permission to install a missile detection system.

    Along the way he falls in love with the daughter of the Parmistani king, trips through a village actually populated by the criminally insane, and draws the ire of a Parmistani warrior played by B-Movie Bingo favorite Richard Norton, who seems to show up in about a third of the movies we show. That’s us staying true to our vow of bringing you movies featuring friends, relatives and employees of famous people (in the 1970s, Norton was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, to name a few).

    From the back of the VHS box:

    Kurt Thomas, athlete extraordinaire and the first American to take the gold in world gymnastic competition, makes his film debut in a martial arts spectacular like none seen before. When the deadly secrets of the East and the fighting skills of the West are united in an Olympic-class gymnast, the result is astounding: the Gymkata warrior!

    The key to national security lies in obtaining a “Star Wars” warning location in the savage country of Parmistan. To win this vital site someone must play The Game, a deadly test of endurance and risk. Jonathan Cabot (Thomas) volunteers to try and accomplish the impossible.

    Under the guidance of a beautiful and mysterious princess, Jonathan turns his incredible array of gymnastic feats into a lethal arsenal. Braving betrayal and terrorists, Jonathan gets his turn at the terrors of The Game. Can he win? Thomas’ charisma and his ability to electrify his audience transfers powerfully to the screen. The talented producer-director team that introduced Bruce Lee to American audiences ensures non-stop action. Together, they promise GYMKATA means excitement!

    Directed by Robert Clouse.

     

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: THE MAGIC CRYSTAL

    THE MAGIC CRYSTAL (1986)
    Showing Tuesday 8/2/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    While searching for a missing friend in Greece, jewel thief Andy Lau and his young son, Pin-Pin, stumble upon a plot involving KBG and Interpol agents, and a mysterious, glowing green crystal from space. They find their friend, Shen, in Athens being pursued because of this crystal, which he discreetly slips in Pin-Pin’s backpack. After discovering the glowing green rock in his pack, Pin-Pin soon finds himself able to communicate with it telepathically. The crystal houses the essence of an ancient extraterrestrial, and demonstrates a variety of super powers, including the ability to manipulate the thoughts and behavior of those nearby. It’s like combining The Force, a green light saber and E.T., and then making that into a lumpy green rock. Imagine how desirable a lumpy green rock with these powers would be to a devious mind!

    They form a bond and become friends, and find themselves caught between a villainous KGB agent, played by martial arts wizard Richard Norton, and a team of Interpol agents, led by our favorite heroine, Cynthia Rothrock. Only by working together can the friends of the Magic Crystal help it achieve its final destiny! Directed by Wong Jing.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: CHINA O’BRIEN

    ChinaOBrien_webCHINA O’BRIEN (1990)
    Showing Tuesday 8/5/2014 at The Hollywood Theatre

    The formidable duo of Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton rarely fail to please. In CHINA O’BRIEN, Rothrock stars as a big-city cop/karate instructor who quits the force after a gang-related shooting takes the life of one her students. She decides to go back home to the country, where her father is the sheriff, only to find her hometown overrun by corrupt jerks. When her father and his deputy (in awesome back-to-back scenes) get killed by car bombs, all hell breaks loose–and she gets elected sheriff! All right!

    Usually in movies like this, Rothrock fights the boss at the end, which means they are also karate experts, or at least have plenty of Uzis. Not the case here–the bad guys are old men who sit in dark rooms plotting. To fight them, she runs for sheriff and is elected, and then deputizes her old flame Richard Norton, some high school kids, and a mysterious karate-kicking Native American with one hand (we think) named Dakota. Throughout the movie, Dakota saves her ass over and over and disappears on his dirt bike. No one is impressed though–and he’s not really acknowledged by Rothrock or Norton until about three-fourths through the movie. When they finally want to know who he is, it’s with a “Who the hell does he think he is–let’s show him!” kind of attitude. Then they get in a car chase, and the rest is what you’d expect–he becomes a friend and deputy.

    This movie is non-stop entertainment. Even when nothing’s happening, it’s strange enough to keep us interested. Directed by Robert Clouse.

     

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: LADY DRAGON

    Lady DragonLADY DRAGON (1992)
    Showing Tuesday 8/7/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Cynthia Rothrock plays Kathy Galagher, an ass-beating lady who lives in a rat infested hellhole in Indonesia and fights sweaty dudes for  money. However, she is also a retired CIA agent supposedly (which is very easy to miss) who’s husband gets murdered in a flashback.  Now the only thing driving her is to get sweet revenge on Ludvig Hauptman, a beefcake arms dealer and rich-as-hell crime lord (played by Aussie superstar Richard Norton) who also happens to be pure evil and an expert martial artist.  After a failed attempt at killing Ludvig in his own bar called the “Super Star”, Kathy is held hostage, beaten and left for dead, only to be rescued by a mute seemingly homeless Karate master and his tiny interpreter grandson.  The pair nurse Kathy back to health using a massive wooden (Ewok Village?) structure that Kathy must train on daily and eat really filling white stuff and gross tea in order to become a Lady Dragon.  Once Lady Dragon status is achieved (which means nothing except for the mute Grandfather making strong eye contact and doing a rigid cobra-looking hand gesture with his fore arm),  Kathy begins working for Ludvig’s company some how with out being recognized, gets double crossed by former CIA agent friend “Gibson” (Robert Ginty) and has a mano y mano in a warehouse with Ludvig until they are both really beat up.  Directed by David Worth.

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