(Original Publication Date: June 9th, 2017) By: John M Jerva

REVIEW: LADY BLOODFIGHT

STARRING: Amy Johnston,  Muriel Hofmann, Jenny Wu, and Kathy Wu

DIRECTED BY: Chris Nahon

SYNOPSIS: “Jane (Johnston) is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling (Jenny Wu), the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai (Kathy Wu), a Shaolin master. Other nefarious forces also lie in the shadows, taking Jane on a journey through the gritty underworld of Hong Kong as she fights to be named the best female fighter in the world.”

THE REVIEW: LADY BLOODFIGHT was directed by Chris Nahon who also helmed such fine action genre films like Jet Li’s KISS OF THE DRAGON and BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE. The film is essentially a female version of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s classic BLOODSPORT but it is it’s own movie at the same time. LADY BLOODFIGHT is a brutal, relentless, action packed underground fight film that will surely please fans of the genre. You know what you’re getting with a film like this and that should suit you just fine.

Actress, martial artist and professional stunt woman Amy Johnston stars in her first full length martial arts action film LADY BLOODFIGHT and with the thunderous sound of a roundhouse kick to the head,  Johnston establishes herself as the new female contender in the genre. Johnston has the looks, physique and fighting moves to back her up and she does not disappoint in her first starring role. The martial arts sensation has cut her teeth in the stunt game for years and has even starred in a few short films but now she gets to show action fans around the world what she is truly capable of in the film’s numerous fight sequences. As an actor, Johnston also holds her own in the dramatic scenes where she displays her character Jane as a woman who wants to prove herself while at the same time trying to find out what happened to her father years ago. She portrays Jane as lethal fighter but one that is human. She’s not made of steel and she bleeds, a lot, but she has heart and the soul of a true champion and that’s all that counts. 

The rest of the cast is stellar as well including Muriel Hofmann who stars as Jane’s mentor and teacher Shu. She sees something in Jane and promises to train her but at the same time she has her own agenda which is getting revenge on her nemesis Wai, played by Kathy Wu. Wai also has a score to settle with Shu and she trains her own apprentice Ling. As Ling, Jenny Wu is a cold individual who is street smart and deadly and wants to be the best. These women can definitely give the men a run for their money in the action genre as they pull off the film’s brutal fights in spectacular fashion. LADY BLOODFIGHT has a host of female warriors, including Jet Tranter, and Mayling Ng, that you surely would not want to mess with.

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Like I said earlier, the action in LADY BLOODFIGHT is brutal, violent and relentless. There are many fight scenes in the film and it doesn’t shy away from showing us just how barbaric the tournament called “The KUMITE” can be. The fights don’t go for flash although there a few slo-mo hell yeah! moments delivered. The bouts here are realistic, and violent. The women get ample opportunity to showcase the skills that make them the deadliest warriors in the world. There were some editing issues during some of the fights but for the most part you can see all the glorious kill or be killed action. This is extreme martial arts but not the flashy extreme you would think of. It’s extreme in the sense that each fight goes for broke. One scene in particular that stands out is Jane’s fight with the ruthless Russian Svietta. It’s bloody and unforgiving and there is even a point where you think that Jane won’t prevail. The action was handled by Xin Xin Xiong who has starred in such films as IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT and 7 ASSASSINS and he keeps the action grounded in realism which was very refreshing. Each warrior in the film is a master of a different discipline and he shows us the strengths of every one. Make no mistake, this is Johnston’s film and she gets the load of the fight work in the film and she passes with flying colors.

To sum it all up, LADY BLOODFIGHT is an epic, brutal, bloody fight film and while it may draw its premise from another classic martial arts film, it does its own thing and in a genre where men dominate, these lady warriors prove to the world that they can deliver just as much excitement in a martial arts film as their counterparts can. With LADY BLOODFIGHT, Amy Johnston has arrived and the future looks bright for her to succeed where so many before her have failed. If you’re looking for bone crunching, fierce and epic martial arts action, LADY BLOODFIGHT delivers!

VERDICT: ACTION-FLIX APPROVED!

LADY BLOODFIGHT is now available on DVD and Digital Download. 

The Official Trailer

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