Monday, 22 April 2013
DVD review: Twin Dragon Encounter (1986)
The celebrated identical-twin martial artists Michael McNamara (plays himself) and Martin McNamara (plays himself) take their girlfriends to a remote island for what they hope will be a quiet, relaxing vacation. They however, are terrorized by a group of weekend mercenaries. Despite the twins efforts to avoid trouble and enjoy their holiday, the girls are kidnapped and the twins although vastly out-numbered must fight for their safe return. Twin Dragon Encounter is written by Gary Hart and Michael McNamara and is directed by Paul Dunlop. There´s a ton of unintentional comedy in this, due to hilariously bad acting and just plain ridiculous situations. It´s quite funny that the McNamara brother, who are real martial artists, looks to be not particular good fighters in this.. But this could be due to bad fight choreography, the fights being badly shot and to the heavy use of slooooow motion during the fight scenes. The flick is more or less one big advert for the Twin Dragons Kung Fu school, we get to see their martial arts studio, their vans are with the name, address and phone number of the studio clearly visible.The running time of Twin Dragon Encounter is 79 minutes but that includes a long recap showing the whole flick while to some atrocious song. This lasts for almost 6 minutes and then the end credits starts rolling. There´s no gore in this, actually no one gets killed in this. There´s no T & A in this.
This review is based upon a DVD-R released by Twin Dragon Kick-Boxing, you can buy your copy at http://www.twin-dragon.com .
Rating: I´m having problems placing a fair rating, it´s bad and so entertaining that I more or less love this so I´ll give it 3½ out of 7. I´m so happy to have discovered the McNamara brothers and the flicks based on themselves. I´ll be posting a new review (I kinda revisited Dragon Hunt after being able to get a hold of an uncut release) of the sequel to Twin Dragon Encounter.