FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: Happy Birthday Mark Dacascos! The Action Icon Takes On Masaya Katô in the Quintessential Fight Scene From DRIVE!

By: The Cinema Drunkie

Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!

February 26th was the legendary Mark Dacascos’ birthday and The Cinema Drunkie is celebrating by reliving the classic and quintessential climatic fight scene from Drive which is considered by many one of the best Western martial arts movies ever made. Dacascos throws down with Japanese powerhouse Masaya Katô in one epic and thrilling Beatdown to end all Beatdowns. This is Superhero caliber stuff and we have it for you on this week’s edition of Foot Fist Fridays!

As a young martial arts worshiper, I was always on the hunt for the next great martial arts movie. So I would devour any that came my way, from JCVD to Jeff Speakman to Jeff Wincott. Then, one would come out that hit me and many others like a ton of bricks. An electrifying piece of action cinema. And starring one of the greatest and most underrated action stars of our time.

I’m of course talking about Mark Dacascos in 1997’s Drive.

Mark plays Toby Wong, a prototype enhanced human who is on the run from the hired guns sent to bring him in. During the pursuit, he teams up with innocent bystander Malik (Kadeem Hardison), and they take on the bad guys together, including the Advanced Model (Masaya Katô).

Drive is a movie filled to the brim with some of the most incredible action sequences known to man. Just absolutely fantastic. From the opening on the boat through to the big hotel fight, it’s all just amazing.

But the final fight is the kicker. The brawl to rule them all. Toby vs the Advanced Model. An absolute gem of a sequence. Director Steve Wang reteams with his Guyver 2 fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto to bring us an absolute classic battle of epic proportions.

Just so exceptionally handled. But that’s enough talk. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we??

Oh, and one more thing: Happy Birthday, Mr. Dacascos!

About The Aurthor: With his mind utterly intoxicated off of a steady stream of movies, comics and cartoons, a young boy from Brooklyn, New York grew up to become the man known as… THE CINEMA DRUNKIE!!!