Nick Parker, a Vietnam War soldier blinded during a mission and left for dead, stumbles into a village of people who takes pity on him and teaches him the art of sword fighting. Nick eventually returns home to the U.S. in search of Frank, his buddy from Vietnam who fled the battle that Nick was injured in.
Alas, before Nick even reaches Frank, the ex-soldier turned gambler turned chemist has gotten himself into trouble with desperate casino tycoon MacCready, who plots to save his casino by forcing Frank to make him a new brand of drugs to sell for some quick cash. In order to ensure Frank’s cooperation, MacCready sends his people, led by the Neanderthal Slag, to snatch up Frank’s son Billy, presently living with his mother in Florida. Luckily for the squirt, Nick Parker is present when Slag arrives. Nick saves Billy, but is unable to save the boy’s mother. Together, the two sets off to Reno to reunite Billy with his father. —beyondhollywood.com
Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute “Better to Reign in Hell,” utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.
In 1973, he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made Castor and Pollux (1973), a 50-minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974.
Noyce’s first professional film was the 50-minute docu-drama “God Knows Why, But It Works” in 1975. This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie Backroads (1977) which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote Newsfront (1978), which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the… read more
Campy can be fun. But there's enough cheese here to cause sharp abdominal pains for the lactose intolerant. There are just enough good moments to keep watching to the end... and then I had to berate myself for wasting 86 minutes of my life.
Cheesy early nineties action film based on Zatoichi Challenged. Despite some significant faults (annoying kid actor, to much gun play, being a bit too long), the film has more fun with the concept than the 2003 remake by Takeshi Kitano. Hauer is always convincing and often funny and director Phillip Noyce makes good use of the playfulness that many of the original series had.