By: The Cinema Drunkie
Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
This week, action superstar Scott Adkins returns for an unprecedented sixth time to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS as the action phenom tears up a Dojo looking for some serious answers in the epic Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear. Adkins proves that he is legitimately the best of the best in the rousing and bruising one take action sequence from one of the greatest Western martial arts films ever made and one of the best action directors ever in Isaac Florentine!
To say that I worship the movies of Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine would be an understatement. I loooove the movies that arise from that incredible partnership. Movies like Special Forces, Undisputed 2 & 3 , Close Range, Ninja, and most importantly, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. Voted the number 1 action gem of the decade, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is the finest example of what Scott and Isaac are capable of. And it is the subject of today’s installment of Foot Fist Friday.
In a recent interview with premier action movie analyst Rossatron (which you can see in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/BBxqzWuWbQg) in reference to “oners”, one take fight scenes, Isaac had this to say:
They’re much harder to do, because if you screw up… wow, you have to do everything from the beginning. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Now, you cannot do this with everybody. I can do it with Scott, because Scott is an amazing athlete.
He most certainly is, and that statement is proven most spectacularly in the fight scene in question: the dojo fight, which is one of the top fight scenes in a movie packed with incredible ones.
In it, Casey Bowman, played by Scott, enters a dojo Chinese Connection style to question the practitioners present about the individuals who attempted to rob him earlier, and are believed to have something to do with his wife’s brutal murder. When they refuse to answer him, and tell him to leave, he reacts most appropriately: by gloriously kicking the ever loving shit out of all of them.
And when I say gloriously, I mean gloriously.
Regarding this very fight scene, Isaac also said this in that same interview:
But even this scene in Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, we shot 9 takes of that fight in the dojo. It was again & again & again & again, and everybody was exhausted.
I completely believe that everyone was exhausted, but you would never tell, because the whole runs like a muscle car doing 100 on fire. This oner is a thing of beauty. Showing the expert martial arts skills of Mr. Adkins in all its splendor. The way he swiftly goes between combatants in crystal clear clarity is a true testament to astonishing auteur level skills of Mr. Florentine as well. The man is a genius when it comes to shooting action, and that’s what makes him the best action filmmaker in the business.
And with a world class performer like Scott Adkins in front of the cameras, leading the action hero fray, he will always remain the best of not only this generation, but any and all, for years and years to come.
So, without further ado, I present the dojo fight from Ninja: Shadow of a Tear:
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