All aboard to Warrior Island!
A karate class looking to get in touch with their martial arts roots decide to vacation on a little rundown ship bound for a remote island rumored to be the final resting place of disgraced martial arts masters. According to local superstitions, and their tourist brochure, the island is also home to a group of isolated monks who supposedly possess the ability to raise the dishonorable dead! Where in the hell did they get that brochure?!!
As if bloodthirsty, black magic monks, Karate cadavers and evil Kung Fu corpses weren’t enough, a Nazi criminal, who runs a kidnapping ring, and his hired gang of thugs are looking to kill anybody that attempts to go to the island in order to hide the whereabouts of the missing girls and protect a secret jade mine run by the malicious monks.
Drop anchor and line up single file please as Raw Force kicks ass, takes names, politely hands you back your ass and asks you to come again!
Raw Force may sound trashy, and truly it is, but it was so goddamn entertaining, so over-the-top, so absolutely gonzo that you won’t be able to resist purchasing this for your own collection! I mean how in the hell can a film go wrong when it delivers the lowest common denominator over and over again with such gusto? It had a sequence ripped straight from Dante’s Piranha, nefarious Nazis, malefic monks, cannibalism, kidnapping, sexy strippers, nude tramps, butt-slapping bondage, a Bruce Lee look-alike, genuine comedy and assloads of face-mashing martial arts mayhem!
When director Murphy isn’t dazzling us with poorly choreographed fight sequences, he’s throwing nudity at us. When we aren’t being treated to stiffy-inducing T&A, we get cackling Templar-esque monks and rampaging ninja, samurai and Shaolin zombies! If it’s not one thing, it’s another and another and another…
This fantastic gem of golden garbage was included in my recent purchase of the Grindhouse Experience Vol. 1 box set and I kid you not the entertainment value of this film alone made up for the cost of the entire box set. I know many of the cult cinema elitists out there hate VideoAsia but the large majority of the films being sold in their box sets won’t ever see the light of day and if (and when) they do chances are they’ll simply be released on another bootleg by another “shady” company. I applaud them, bootleg or not. The transfer for this film was on par with a 2nd generation VHS copy (maybe 3rd), which is what I expected, and it didn’t phase me one bit, I love my trash to look like trash. It takes nothing away from a nice pair of tits or a perfectly executed roundhouse kick.
Whether Raw Force was good or not is really up to the beholder and whether they’re capable of being honest, it wasn’t a particularly competent production in the technical sense but I still had fun watching it. Save your “so bad it’s good” apologetic bullshit for the MST3K forums, in my house if I enjoy a film…it’s good. I can see myself watching this quite a few more times, hopefully you’ll feel the same way.