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    "SINS OF THE DRAGON" - A MOVIE MADE IN 2012 THAT SOMEHOW DIDN'T STEAL THAT TITLE


    Sins of the Dragon (yes, that's a link to its imdb page) has a listed runtime of 60 minutes- it's only actually 28- and an estimated budget of $2,000. This is very much a friends & family, student project, and for some reason they asked us to review it- presumably because they've never visited our site- and for some reason we said "why the fuck not".

    Here's the trailer.



    So, now you have an idea what you're in for and what we went through- REVIEW!

    The film is prefaced by this disclaimer:

    The following film takes place in a fantasy world that borrows aspects from many cultures and practices in the pursuit of a better story.
    Presumably, this is some sort of cover for having white Asian people. Specifically, our protagonists are Cunri- sounds an awful lot like Henry- and his gal pal Kaia, two besty martial arts buddies in pursuit of... revenge? It's not really important.

    The bad guy, Caligo, has been traveling the land collecting the "Dragons"- sharpie tattoos with magical, mystical universe controlling powers- all while working on his Sub Zero impression and leaving a swath of dead monks, villagers and his own employees in his wake. Henry is fated to stop him, and so Caligo sends his ninja minions to stop our young hero and his feisty female friend!

    Cue the fight scene!

    Before I get into (un)constructive criticism of the choreography, I just have to say, even with the greatest effects team on Earth and a budget somewhere around the net worth of a small country, a POV tracking shot of an arrow in flight will always, always, always look like shit.

    So the fights begin and we see spinning, jumping, randomly striking weapons against weapons, some stretching/yoga moves as evasion of bad kicks, rinse and repeat; the choreography itself wouldn't be so hard to sit through if we hadn't all grown up sitting through it on Saturday morning in front of our TVs in the 70's and 80's. There is something to be said for an obvious homage- Yay, Dragon title-, but if you're going to do it you need to do it hard and fast and adding a motion blur filter with Adobe After Effects doesn't count.

    Throughout the fight scenes- most of the movie- the ninja henchmen baddies come in droves and attack in the standard chop sockey flick manner: one at a time. However, while it's cool that our hero can do a gymnastics floor routine down a gauntlet of ninjas with terrible aim, having the bad guys just kind of stand there and scratch their collective asses after the swing and miss is just lazy.

    The special effects are fun and kitschy, but there are a few too many "bad guy back to camera, slash throat" finishes. That said, the best bit has to be Henry going in to finish off the last ninja, kneeling down over him and slashing his throat. We don't see the slash itself- those effects are hard-, but we do get a physics defying bit of blood bukkake blasted onto Kaia who had at the time been standing behind the hero who was leaning over the baddy. This had to be on purpose as Henry comes away spotless, so I can only presume this has something to do with patriarchal privilege and the sexualization of violence against women, but I can't be bothered to mansplain it over the sound of my own micro-passive-aggression.


    The sexual tension comes to a head as Kaia leaves Henry in the forrest- where the whole film takes place-, because he's a dick. She soon regrets her decision as she is set upon by three stooges intent on selling her into sex slavery somewhere between painfully delivering painfully long metaphors in a painful attempt at humor.

    She beats the shit out of them, but is comically laid low when one of the baddies remembers he has a short blow-gun with a long dart. Ok, that was kind of cute.

    Henry saves her. They talk about it. By this point, we have seen several odd, scene transitions involving hand drawn frames that are just odd.

    Caligo hears his initial wave of ninjas got walloped, so he kills a few of the ninjas he was practicing on. The Darth Vader School of Management is not effective.

    Henry and Kaia find their great foe, there's a big fight, !!!SPOILER ALERT!!! Kaia gets put in a refrigerator by way of throwing knife and Henry triumphs but he's really sad about it.

    There, that's it. It is what it is. If you watch it with friends, you could enjoy yourself at its expense.

    Warning: Due to the graphic nature of this review, it should not have been read by anyone involved in "Sins of the Dragon".



    Foot Notes From Nick
    • Script - The dialogue between characters is not the actors failing to read dialogue or emote; that is just how it is written.
    • Sociology - The film claimed to borrow aspects from many cultures. At first I assumed they meant 'only Asian' cultures, but realized the folly of my ways about 15 minutes in to this movie. In addition to piecing together a random Asiatic culture they also take a very important part of culture from anime fans: Wishing they were Asian and not white.
    • Goofs - There is a scene where the white guy is talking to the white girl, it cuts away to a reaction shot of the white girl and the mouth movement does not line up with what is being spoken. I just thought you�d want to know that.
    • Positive - You managed to include numerous school clubs. And I suppose I smirked at the piss & beans bit.
    • Negative - I'm never getting those 28 minutes back.

    #2
    Now I don't regret not making it down for the showing.

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      #3
      Wow... just... wow..

      Fear my chrome plated butterfly swords.. they are not sharp enough to cut you, but they might chip and give you a splinter.

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        #4
        Seriously. Bullshido movie. We needs to makes it.

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          #5
          Casting discussion: Go.

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            #6
            After the "rated for all ages" tile, the trailer took a sharp downward turn.
            "Systema, which means, 'the system'..."

            Originally posted by strikistanian
            DROP SEIONAGI MOTHERFUCKER! Except I don't know Judo, so it doesn't work, and he takes my back.
            Originally posted by Devil
            Why is it so goddamn hard to find a video of it? I've seen videos I'm pretty sure are alien spacecraft. But still no good Krav.
            Originally posted by Plasma
            At the point, I must act! You see my rashguard saids "Jiu Jitsu vs The World" and "The World" was standing in front me teaching Anti-Grappling in a school I help run.
            Originally posted by SoulMechanic
            Thank you, not dying really rewarding in more ways than I can express.

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              #7
              Originally posted by DerAuslander View Post
              Seriously. Bullshido movie. We needs to makes it.
              Possible plot: Phrost gets kidnapped by evil warrior monk ninja samurai who wish to commandeer Bullshido in their efforts for world domination. Then.. shit that's all I got. Someone should die so there can be revenge. I'd nominate myself, but I have a feeling that I would not be sorely missed... *sigh*

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                #8
                I'm going to start putting laurel wreaths around everything I say.

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                  #9
                  Phrost gets kidnapped by a cabal of disgruntled Chunners, Ninjers and rogue elements of the ATA. IIF uses his ridiculous memory and quote manipulation skills to identify the villains. A crack team is assembled for the rescue, but first they must go and learn the secret art of face-blocking from Omega, and find inner peace with the help of DerAuslander.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Phrost View Post
                    Casting discussion: Go.
                    Starring TheMightyMcClaw as himself!

                    I seem to recall this movie already existing; can't recall it's name for the life of me, but it was a Korean film about gong saus on a martial arts forum. Except unlike Bullshido, all those gong saus actually took place.
                    The fool thinks himself immortal,
                    If he hold back from battle;
                    But old age will grant him no truce,
                    Even if spears spare him.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Phrost View Post
                      I'm going to start putting laurel wreaths around everything I say.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DimmedSum View Post
                        Someone should die so there can be revenge. I'd nominate myself, but I have a feeling that I would not be sorely missed... *sigh*
                        Sirc? :-)

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DimmedSum View Post
                          Wow... just... wow..

                          Fear my chrome plated butterfly swords.. they are not sharp enough to cut you, but they might chip and give you a splinter.
                          Good because they should not be sharpened except for the part of the blade nearest the point anyway.

                          Originally posted by Stick View Post
                          Throughout the fight scenes- most of the movie- the ninja henchmen baddies come in droves and attack in the standard chop sockey flick manner: one at a time. However, while it's cool that our hero can do a gymnastics floor routine down a gauntlet of ninjas with terrible aim, having the bad guys just kind of stand there and scratch their collective asses after the swing and miss is just lazy.
                          So basically, its an updated Gymkata

                          Last edited by W. Rabbit; 5/15/2013 11:25am, .

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                            #14
                            I've already written the script. It's akin to Geochilmaru, using fights to discuss arguments we've had on Bullshido, complete with JFS-esque villian.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DerAuslander View Post
                              I've already written the script. It's akin to Geochilmaru, using fights to discuss arguments we've had on Bullshido, complete with JFS-esque villian.
                              I still need to watch this movie.

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