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.