BLACK BELT JONES ii
black-belt-jones-madness sos v black belt jones
the black six million dollar man
70′s blaxploitation icon Jim Kelly teams up with Tan Tao Liang (flash legs) and Bolo from Enter The Dragon for this 1978 non blockbusting bargain bin vhs fodder.
If you’re prepared to dig you’ll find this at decent carboot sales from between £1.50 and £2.00.
and you won’t be dissapointed.but be warned…you will never get that hour and a half back…ever!
C.I.A agent Mr Lucas is sent to Hong Kong to recover the north pole star diamond from a ruthless gang led by the evil Mr Liu,and gets to beat up some thugs along the way.
This obscure movie enters the Holy Roller 2nd rate badass hall of fame automatically.
International karate champion Jim Kelly co star of Enter The Dragon,travels to Hong Kong to star in a movie that fails to capitalize on the Black Belt Jones character.
Black belt Jones II or The Tattoo connection as it was originally called is not in the same badass realm as the likes of Shaft and Superfly.
Kelly’s screen presence fails to have any significant impact in this movie.
This could be due to the ultra bad direction.In simple terms that this is NOT a Black Belt Jones movie.
The Black Belt Jones character lacks the humour,screen presence and all round badassness that badass cinema fans expect from Kelly.A combination poor overdubbing and even poorer direction removes any resembelance to the origial character.
In fact,the Black Belt Jones character is hardly part of the script ,and doesnt appear in the movie’s 1st quarter of an hour,which is a shame since this movie trys to sell off the back of Kellys Black Belt Jones success.
The director actually scripts the leading role around Tan Tao Liang.Flash legs Tan Tao Iiang upstages Kelly in every area… storyline,fight scenes,dialog,appearance,and acting in general.this is because in this edition of black belt jones/the tattoo connection, Kellys best fight scenes are edited out ,rendering him pedestrian compared to the dangerous Tai kwon do kicking skills of Tan Tao Liang.
Black Belt Jones or ‘Mr Lucas’ only substantial onenliner is ‘Ive been known to be called the black six million dollar man‘ but the badly overdubbed voice is clearly not Kelly’s.
Black Belt Jones II could easily be mistaken for a film made 4 years previous to Black Belt I,and seems to be filmed on very old film stock making it resemble Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss or Fist Of Fury in film quality,but that’s a plus in the Shottsman book.
This film is sub standard but badass gem non the less,essential for dialog sample diggers producers.and b rated flick fiends alike.
Tan Tao Liangs tai kwan do skills and Jim Kelly’s soul brother karate kickassness make this movie a decent allbeit lowgrade sequel to Black Belt Jones 1.
The soundtrack is poor and throwaway ,lacking in decent audiable quality and is also badly edited.