Forgotten Action Cinema: Lady Dragon


While other savvy web-oriented reviewers are spending their oh-so precious moments viewing critically-acclaimed, life-affirming, award-winning motion pictures in exquisite art house theaters around the globe, I prefer to expend my lazy days off watching profoundly awful martial arts movies in my underwear. Director David Worth’s 1992 fisticuff extravaganza “Lady Dragon”, for example, is just another notch on my diseased cinematic bedpost, a wholly forgettable yarn about one woman’s quest to avenge her charming husband’s untimely death. The lady with the lethal limbs, of course, is none other than Cynthia Rothrock, star of such outstanding cinematic disasters as “China O’Brien”, “Undefeatable”, and the legendary Corey Haim caper franchise “Fast Getaway”. The only reason anyone would bother to partake in this obscure serving of generic foolishness is to witness the climatic showdown betwixt the aforementioned Rothrock and fluid Australian brawler Richard Norton. Unfortunately, “Kickboxer” mastermind David Worth has seemingly lost his ability to properly shoot a fight sequence: the camera purposely hides from the action, leaving those poor souls who suffered through the entire movie with a deep, untouchable longing for more. I’m almost positive that “Lady Dragon” has an audience, for sure, but I don’t suspect it wins any new fans very often. Worth fifty cents, I suppose, especially if you love mediocrity. Word of advice to future filmmakers: When shooting a motorcycle chase sequence, try to avoid getting crisp, clean shots of the stunt double. Unless, of course, you just happen to enjoy slacking off.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Tin Hoang

    Yea, somethings are better left forgotten. They got there for a reason after all.

    • Todd

      I’ve been on a Cynthia Rothrock kick (no pun intended) here lately, and “Lady Dragon” was one I hadn’t seen before. I can understand why nobody talks about it.

      • Nix

        Her China O’Brien series is legendary among our household. Pretty much the only movies my mom and I ever agreed on were great … back “in the day”.

  • Vineland

    I’ve only seen a few films with Cynthia Rothrock, but my favourite was “Tiger Claws” that film kicks ass. Bearing in mind though I was twelve when I last saw it.

  • peimeilotus

    i liked her in shangai express !