9 Gordon Street Elsternwick 3185
(03) 9524 7900
"When the odds are against you... Hit first, hit hard, and hit with a... LOW BLOW!"
CineCultVHS is proud to be screening Leo Fong's action (literal) cult oddity, LOW BLOW (1986).
"Leo Fong plays a private investigator who is in search of a young girl kidnapped by a religious cult. Destined to save her, he teams up with a Vietnam vet, a pro-boxing champ and a former cop to save her..."
Created by, written by and starring the one-man show, Leo Fong, LOW BLOW is a delightful and confused action pastiche.
Fong, a Chinese-American actor, martial artist, boxer and former Methodist preacher, is a long-time staple of the low-budget action film arena. Fong creates his own idiosyncratic versions of popular American genres, with just enough oddness to make them stand out.
In LOW BLOW, Fong possesses a strange sort of anti-charisma - it's impossible to stop watching him, trying to figure out what his intent is in the scene, and watching him struggle with his own mix of hardboiled dialogue and tough guy cliches. He is incredible at fighting, though.
The film also stars the late-great Cameron Mitchell, in one of our favourite roles of his - in this one, he's giving the full late-period Brando, where it is apparent he only agreed to appear if he never has to stand up in the film. As the leader of an Osho-like cult, Mitchell has his followers carry his hard-rubbish armchair everywhere, never once appearing supporting his own weight throughout the film. It's breathtaking.
You will see Leo Fong fighting a car, ala Street Fighter 2, in a scene enthralling in just how long it goes, and how it possibly can escalate. You will see random moments of incongruously over-the-top violence - like someone snuck a shot from Drive into a scene from Sammo Hung's Martial Law. You will follow the ongoing gag of Fong's temperamental car which goes from funny, to laborious, to hysterical. You will be yelling "hey, forget the sandwich!" on the way out the door.
LOW BLOW is endlessly fun, endlessly quotable, and a perfect trash-action masterpiece for fans of fare such as Strike Commando or Deadly Prey.
Screened directly from an original VHS, the way this beauty was meant to be seen!
Doors at 7 for a 7:30 screening.
And the screening is free, you just need to be prepared to move Cameron Mitchell's smelly chair for him.