Best of the Best (1989)

Posted in Reviews by - March 10, 2013
Best of the Best (1989)

Five top US karate fighters are chosen to compete against the Koreans in an upcoming tournament, but not without their own emotional baggage. Alex Grady (Roberts) is a single father with a shoulder injury who has got something to prove. His team mate Tommy (Rhee) is seeking revenge for a deceased brother killed in combat by Korea’s best brute. There is plenty of sentiment as Radler overloads his movie with spiritual overtones, loads of sweaty fighters crying and nauseating power ballads (who actually listens to this stuff?). But the supporting cast are strong, particularly James Earl Jones who plays the dedicated team coach and Chris Penn as an obnoxious cowboy. When it ends, there won’t be a dry seat in the house.

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