The Revenger (1980) Review: I Fight in the Name of the Kung Fu Cop

Going around beating people in the name of righteousness sounds rather noble. Doesn’t it? In this case, The Revenger is simply about REVENGE!!! Far from serious, the undertone of the film is light hearted and humorous. I found myself laughing right off the bat as there are plenty of humorous catchy lines that made me laugh hard.

If you are a fan of the Shenmue video game franchise, the tone of this film is all too familiar. The first part is played by the father who goes around setting things straight in the society with violence. Out of revenge, the villain sent his sister to destroy the hero for being humiliated. One day, the hero rescued his future wife from bandits which was all a setup by the main villain. As they say what goes around comes around. The villain used his own blood (sister) to get close to the hero’s heart. Romance blossomed between the hero and the villain’s sister and so they both experienced great happiness and conceived a child together. Until one day, the hero got trapped and killed by the villain and his gang. Fast forward, the hero’s son is fueled with revenge when he learned how his father died. By grace, his mother stopped him from revenge and warned him that “hatred will destroy [him].” Instead of seeking revenge, the son goes on a quest to collect his father’s bones. After all, the cycle of revenge must stop! Lets not make it into a Jerry Springer Show!

What’s interesting about this film is its statement: Your enemy is closer than you really think. He could be your uncle. Who said blood means loyalty? Family members fight among each other. Those you love is the one that hurt you most. In summary, such serious topics could have been extended and made this film epic. It’s all too short and a little wonky because the transition scene from the father and the son was played by the same actor–Tung Li. I was so confused because I did not see the child growing up! Nonetheless it’s a good film to watch if you want a good laugh.

I would leave you folks with my favorite line from this film: ” It’s all over between us like this bridge is broken!”

The Revenger

Okay, I take that back. I hope to see you next time for my next review and the following reviews after that!

Call Me (1988) Review: “I like your flaw”

I think Amazon Prime Video is having a blast with me, or I am just paranoid. They sure like to recommend me strange films that make my eyebrow raise. But I am glad they recommended it to me. I got hooked to this film because I found the real life Albert Wesker from Resident Evil series played by the actor Stephen McHattie. Just google him or watch the film and you can see the strong resemblance. He’s the classic alluring bad boy that woman like Anna, the protoganist just can’t resist: “Keep calling! I love your sexy voice, but you are kinda scary. So stop calling me!”

Taking a trip back to the 80s might not be so bad actually. It’s better than 2020–bombarded with options and there’s no real mystery to what people are thinking. Back then caller ID did not exist so you can’t tell who is on the other line. I remember very well when I first received my first sexual harassment call which was in the 90s. I was so angry! The memory is forever embedded in me. I still recall the conversation, it went like this:

Me: Hello?

Strange Man: Hello, are your parents there?

Me: No.

Strange Man: Can I talk to you?

Me: Okay.

Strange Man: How old are you?

Me: 10 years old.

Strange Man: Do you wear bra?

Me: No… Excuse me!?

I Slam the phone *click!*

For a kid, it’s really scary that a pedophile would talk to a child like that. But for this film, the context is appropriate since it involves full grown adults. So you can laugh at the situation. Desperate Anna just want some affection from her career-oriented boyfriend. So when she received a mysterious phone call from a sexy voice man, she mistook him for her boyfriend, and out of desperation for TLC, she followed his instruction to wait for him at the Polish Bar, wearing something nice but without panties! It’s a comical thriller with a twist. I laughed so hard.

This show will be removed from prime on Nov. 30th. If you want to hear cheesy pick up lines, I recommend this film. Nodaway, it’s more appropriate to say “Swipe me if you are feeling lonely.” As for me, I rather stick with my blog. I don’t want the virus nor do I want to spread it! No pun intended, haha! On a serious note though, I enjoy fishing for metaphors.

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Sending virtual kisses to all the lonely folks from my kitchen, love Halsdoll~