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Lady Bloodfight

1 h 40 min201715
Jane is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, it draws the attention of Shu, a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as The Kumite.
Chris Nahon
Amy JohnstonMuriel HofmannJenny Wu
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Kathy WuJet Tranter
Bey Logan
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4.1 out of 5 stars

293 global ratings

  1. 53% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Hooper's CigarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Punchbag Throwback
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Like most middle aged nobodies, I too like to reminisce about happier times as a teenager (steady!) watching many a direct-to-video movie where one muscle bound athlete took to beating seven shades of rhubarb out of another equally muscle bound athlete. These low budget wonders magically transported us to faraway lands where the terms 'kumite', 'kickboxer' and 'bad acting' were order of the day and revenge was the only option. Thankfully, those halcyon days don't seem to too far behind as this 2016 gem proves - delivering the goods like an overeager puppy with expert fight choreography and a screenplay so stupid, you would mistakenly believes its the '90s all over again.

American born Jane Jones (Amy Johnston) is our lead and we first find her backpacking through Hong Kong. When she gets mugged and successfully shows those pesky villains what time it is - she inadvertently draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a stoic martial arts champion, who recruits Jane to fight in the all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” Jane takes to beating down folks like a duck to water but events are complicated by Wu's arch nemesis Wai (Kathy Wu) who too has trained a suitable opponent in the form of Ling (Jenny Wu) - a no holds barred fighter who will do anything to claim her prize and find a way off the streets...

I really liked this movie. Directed by Chris Nahon, who many years before helmed the excellent Jet Li actioner ''Kiss of the Dragon'' here works with a much tighter budget, but still manages to evoke a certain beauty between the bone breaking. Sure, everything is stripped down (the Kumite itself seems to be a floor mat situated between two shipping containers) but the movie is well shot by Michel Abramowicz - who elevates the scenery with natural lighting perfectly in symmetry with Nahon's framing. The screenplay (by former 'Impact Magazine' editor Bey Logan and Judd Bloch) is a fairly routine 'Bloodsport' homage but thankfully the direction and cast make it all worthwhile. Lead Amy Johnston (whom I also enjoyed in the randomly titled 'Female Fight Squad') is great - giving a layered performance and if honest, she's one to watch. Now, if only we could get that 'China O'Brien' sequel I've always been longing for - Amy would be great. Just saying'… She's also supported with great turns by Jet Trainer as Cassidy - a comic relief role for sure, but livens up the picture no end. Also, kudos to Mayling Ng as the villainous Svietta - who chews each and every scene she appears. Think 'Kickboxer's' Tong Po and you're on the right lines to her character and appearance. The movie also does a good job of showing the cast fighting - sure, they are balletic and on point but it also shows the reality of the damage they endure. Its not as precision perfect as an early Van Damme flick for example - here the brawling is raw and bloody and you see how the fighters deal with the aftermath. Only issue the movie had was the tonal shifts between empowering its cast and then quickly adding a 'girls in the locker room' sequence, which was obviously added to keep us guys watching. Hey, I like the female form as much as the next guy, but seriously it wasn't needed. We can make it through 90 minutes without having to see someone semi-nude. It was an odd decision (especially with the twangy guitar riff soundtrack) but it was only a minor misstep in an otherwise satisfying martial arts actioner.

StudioCanal's UK DVD release sports a great transfer with vibrant audio, but sadly no extra features. Strangely, this was only one off a few movies where I would have enjoyed a making of documentary but sadly not to be. Even though the story is simply another bout of 'Bloodsport' ripoffery - the expert direction, solid cast and well choreographed fight sequences keep this one firing on all cylinders. Recommended.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Only on Amazon could this get 4+ stars.
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I don't know what it is with Amazon customers but they do have a weird tendency to give something 5 stars just because something is barely passable. So, enter Lady Bloodfight. If the title doesn't make you baulk then the content surely should. At best this film passes for Chinese porn, covering everything from women lightly dressed to women getting the living daylight beaten out of them for the entertainment of fat Chinese blokes with bags of cash. The acting is completely besides the point here as is the story. It all revolves gratuitously around women and violence. If you're the sort of person who can flip your cranium open and leave your brain on the bedside table you might even enjoy this.
Abul KalamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not origanly english
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The action is good but the storyline falls apart and the two main characters' paths are kind of just stuck together if you know what I mean. I think this was made for a chinese audience and then converted for main steam western audience 
It starts well and then just does not work (for me anyway) some of these films can be okay and quite funny and I really like the B movie genre and sometimes these films are pretty good. but this one was just short of the mark. 
A. MurphyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Yes. It was stilted . Yes it was predictable . Yes . The action scenes were slow . Still if we remember this was a Asian film all in english then we must give that huge credit . Add that it’s about a American girl in a all Asian cast with some nice philosophical sentences and clever finish . Compared to most films these days this is easily watchable .
aShadesCoUkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to watch
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One star less for the old and boring themes, which I've seen in countless films.
- killing a friend of the main character just to inject unhealthy emotions into a viewer
- the hero is almost dead, and then is winning - I was expecting it from the beginning, that's why it was annoying for me - no surprise
DomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great fun. Really!
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this film, but I really did.

Martial arts delivered by very attractive people with a reasonable plot.


Oh, it won't win an Oscar, but it makes for a pleasant evening.
4 people found this helpful
Nick LathReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good action
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Pretty good film, the story kinda reminded me of Rocky 4, but with prettier people.
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fat boyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
it's the female version of bloodsport
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awesome film get it if you're in to martial arts or if you want an action film brilliant fight films also a strong female cast excellent
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