Hey Folks, Valkor here. And I'm back after taking some time off away from the site to get a few things done behind the scenes. First there's a new design on the horizons and our coverage we're take us to new locations, not just CES or E3, I wanna start exploring this wonderful country we live in and hopefully I'll be able to share my journeys with you. So while it starts to come together, let's dip into some films as I take a look at Johnny Yong Bosch's long awaited release "Broken Path".
Broken Fist centers on Jack (Jonny Yong Bosch – Hellbinders), former member of a group of Japanese assassins known as the Organization, now turned family man. Flashback to when he was a baby, Jack was taken from his family for reasons unknown. Flash-forward to when he's an adult, Jack has just moved to a lovely home in the country with his wife Lisa (Pamela Joy Walworth) and his daughter Maddie. They live on a nice piece of land, the neighbors are friendly, and they're miles from anything that would disturb their peaceful, happy existence.
That is until Jack's past comes back to haunt him. We learn that Jack and his family have moved many times and later we find out why – He's been trying his best to stay one step ahead of The Organization. However, they find him and now they want his life – BADLY!! And now Jack must fight not only for his own life but also to protect his family from a past that he's kept hidden.
Thankfully he's not alone as his former Partner Yoshi (Dan Southworth) joins the fray. But is he truly friend… or foe?
If Broken Path had been given some proper marketing, it would have put Bosch in the spotlight as an action star, because daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn that boy rocked!! I know it's jumping the gun… but daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!!!
Let's start off with the action – holy shit! I've haven't seen this much kick assery done right since Chocolate or The Expendables; these dude really WAIL on one another using everything and everything, plus the kitchen sink to fight with. Wait… did I see a kitchen sink? I saw a paint can… those tall wooden torches… knives and machetes… there was a bath tub involved so that might count. Seriously, what don't these guys get hit with and what don't they get thrown into to? It's brutal! AND IT'S NON-STOP!! Out of 90 minutes, I'd say there's about 15 – 20 minutes of story and the rest is Bosch and crew just laying into one another. My god… It's beautiful! The editing is beautiful as it's not too fast (Fuck you very much Batman Begins – awesome movie, but the fights were edited too quickly), plus the camera on the actors aren't too close or too far from the action. And speaking of action, it's the action that carries the story. On top of it all it's super bloody, with some gore, but that's not too heavy. Bosch has shown that he has the mad fighting skillz and he has the moves to prove it. It's too bad the film is almost 4 years old and showing no sign of any type of serious release, because it's actually quite good; it's non-stop, hard hitting, and the actors take one helluva beating. Bosch alone gets pulverized, tenderized, and shish kebab all up in this film!
The film could use more flashbacks, which means much of the action could have been cut out. And that's not necessarily a bad thing as it would have fleshed out more of Jack's relationship with the other assassins. And did I mention these dudes really take a pounding? What's fucked up is that no matter how much of a beating these guys take, they simply don't stay down. That's crazy.
Broken Path, Broken Fist, Attack of the Yakuza, or whatever this film is called needs a serious release because it's a crazy fighting film that ranks up there with some of the best actioners around. Broken Path is brutal, hard hitting and loads of fun. And out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the film a 4 and it's been Valkor viewed, TOV Approved!