American Force 2: The Untouchable Glory(1988)

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American Force 2: The Untouchable Glory(1988)

directed by:Phillip Ko

cast:Teddy BenavidesBella FloresPatrick Frzebar,Pierre Kirby

We should probably found a worldwide organization that would pay their rightfully deserved dues to Godfrey Ho and IFD Films crew.For, this Hong Kong born producer & co. are responsible for some of the mightiest and most proud moments in the worldwide history of what is called Trash cinema.”American Force 2″(second out of a series of six films)is no exception to the general rule ,that is applicable to the entire Godfrey Ho filmography,namely:Pure trash brilliance…

An elite force,founded by one man(Pierre Kirby,may the force be with him wherever he might be),plus some specially trained oriental peasants are assigned with sabotaging the Russians’ plans to found a state of the art missile base,somewhere in Indochina.The Russians’ commander,general Karpov,is a mean s.o.a.b,who doesn’t like fooling around.But he’ll face his Nemesis in the face of Brian O’Riley(Kirby)and various stock footage sourced Oriental paramilitary Guerillas.

Well,this is not  Mattei grandeur of course.For,the great late Italian trash thespian  was a true maestro in editing random stock footage scenes together and then  incorporating them  into  his “own’ movies.Yet ,the AAV Creative Unit (Godfrey Ho’s story writers & editors)comes pretty close.But what’s really divine in this case is the little bunch of scenes Phillip Ko actually directed,especially,for this movie.Pierre Kirby is delightfully “wooden”,General Karpov and his minions teach us another lesson in cinematic buffoonery and last but not least ,IFD Films’ dubbing team commits another crime against the(lost) art of audio dubbing.The dialogues are also pinnacles of absurdity,lo & behold:

Gen. Karpov: (Speaking about Brian O’Reily) “That one man can do more damage alone than twenty men together. Simply put, he’s the best!

Hugo: “We have to get rid of him then.”

Gen. Karpov: “Good idea. Of course we have to get rid of him, idiot!Hugo

Hugo: “Yes sir?”

Gen. Karpov: “Arrange it.”

Hugo: “No problem.”

Of course,this is not one of the best IFD films ever.It was a run-of-the-mill product and it sometimes tends to drag during certain of its moments,but the surreal plot and the original scenes, featuring Kirby & co., make up for the dull parts.

Godfrey Ho collectors,bad movie buffs and zealots of copy-paste film making need to see this one.

Έχοντας συνέλθει από τα απανωτά,ακατάπαυστα γέλια,συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα στους λάτρεις του ανεγκέφαλου 80ies action και των πολεμικών τεχνών να δουν τούτο το πόνημα.Δεν είναι επ’ουδενί από τα καλύτερα έργα του Godfrey Ho,αλλά αυτό δεν σημαίνει και πολλά,γιατί πολύ απλά οι ταινίες της IFD Films δεν μπορούν να κριθούν με τα standards με τα οποία κρίνονται οι υπόλοιπες ταινίες.

Όσοι από σας,παρ’ελπίδα, θεωρείτε ταινίες όπως το “Μissing in action”,”American Ninja” κ.τ.λ,σκουπίδια με την κακή έννοια,ύμνους στο Μιλιταρισμό,στο Σεξισμό και άλλα τέτοια περεμφερή,μ’αυτό εδώ θα χάσετε εντελώς  τη μπάλλα.

Τα’χουμε πει.Άλλο η “κουλτούρα” και το arthouse cinema και άλλο το genre/entertainment cinema.Όποιος είναι σε θέση ν απενοχοποιήσει θεάματα σαν το παρόν και να κοιτάξει να περάσει καλά,χωρίς ταμπού,πολύ πιθανόν να το πετύχει με ταινίες σαν αυτή.Στο τέλος της ημέρας όλα είναι Σινεμά,και προπαντώς,θέμα γούστου…

Περισσότερα για τον Godfrey Ho στην επόμενη ανάρτηση.

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