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Firecracker

tn_firecrackerPlease join me to discuss the 1981 Cirio H. Santiago martial arts and boobs picture FIRECRACKER in this week’s installment of JOURNEY TO BATTLE ISLAND (formerly VERN’S PUNCH-QUEST) over on Daily Grindhouse.

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.

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19 Responses to “Firecracker”

  1. Yet another of the Films of Cinema so tantalizingly mentioned in the documentary MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED that I’ve yet to see. Good article, as usual.

    Next week I reckon the column will be “AD’Vern’TURES IN ASS-KICKING (formerly JOURNEY TO BATTLE ISLAND formerly VERN’S PUNCH-QUEST).” I’m for it.

  2. any movie that has a topless lady kung fu fighting is A-ok in my book

  3. I see that it’s out on youtube, so I might check it out this weekend when the wife and kids are out of the way.

  4. “She impresses Chuck by accepting a half-joking suggestion to fight a martial arts master who takes on all challengers on stage at a restaurant.”

    I like that as well. Martial arts-entertainment while you eat? I´m down with that shit.

  5. Also, is T.N.T Jackson a good one? I have it on one of my 50 million movies on 12 discs kind-of-pack. But I never got around to watching it.

  6. Oh man, I fuckin’ love this one. Just an absolutely perfect exploitation movie. Gore, tits, kung fu, ridiculousness. Could maybe use a few epic car stunts but that’s about the only demerit I can give it.

    The thing about TNT JACKSON (written by Dick Miller, for some reason) is that FIRECRACKER is an almost scene-for-scene remake of it, even down to the topless karate. FIRECRACKER is a little better, though, so I guess I have to eat my words about remakes needing to blaze their own trail.

    It’s also strange to hear about Gary Graver in this review, since I watched two Fred Olen Ray movies last night and he shot both of them. I highly recommend CYCLONE, which also features sexy lady karate (with clothes, sadly). Jeffrey Coombs gets to play the love interest. He’s not a pervert or a weirdo or anything, just a dude who creates a pocket-size fusion reactor to greenly power the futuristic supercycle with lasers and rockets he built in his garage. You know, like you or I would do. The movie comes on this awesome four-pack I got got at Best Buy with ALIENATOR (Olen Ray TERMINATOR ripoff starring a female bodybuilder), EYE OF THE TIGER (Gary Busey gets his best hero role and Yahphet Kotto drop Molotov cocktails from a Sopwith Camel while listening to James Brown), and EXTERMINATOR 2 (I don’t have to tell you motherfuckers about EXTERMINATOR 2. Y’all know all about EXTERMINATOR 2) complete with Mario Van Peebles commentary track. Best $7.99 I ever spent.

    I hope that every week this column gets a new name. For next week, might I suggest VERN’S BLUDGEONOPOLY, (formerly JOURNEY TO BATTLELAND)?

  7. Today YouTube helped me discover this exploitation/empowerment story of a hot blonde with a penchant for winning fights & losing clothes.
    Vern & Mr. Majestyk are right. FIRECRACKER is pretty goddamn glorious in my opinion. Strangely ambiguous, bittersweet ending, too, and at 76 minutes total runtime it didn’t come too late.

    Cirio Santiago loves us. He has a strange way of showing this love toward the female sex, but he loves us all.

  8. I´m watching it right now on YouTube. At this moment in time, I will not say a bad word on that websight.

  9. I noticed it’s on youtube as well

  10. A subtle suggestion of a soothing mind: Go watch this shit on YouTube before it´s taken down!

  11. Also, the catjumpingscare part before the lovemaking between her and Chuck threw me off. What the hell was that about?

  12. Man, I’ve seen a million of these shot-in-the-Phillipines action cheapies, but scanning Cirio H. Santiago’s imdb page it looks like I’ve only seen a fraction of his filmography.

  13. Damn, I meant to mention the black cat breaking the mirror. That was a good one. Cat jumping scare combined with two superstitions. A triple whammy!

  14. I had to sign in to get to a X-Rated side of youtube I didn’t even know existed. Plenty of sleaze and violence and pirsted versions of big movies. Lovely.

  15. Oh man, I just watched the trailer for TNT JACKSON and suddenly that movie went straight to the top of my ShitToSee-list. I mean some of the taglines are incredible:

    “TNT Jackson! She´ll put you in traction”

    “This hit-ladys charm will break both your arm!”

    Its not uncommon to hear the trailer narrator use rhyming when it comes to 70´s blacksploitation, but it never fails to amuse me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZ3dsHEPPI

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