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The Best Fights of Film Part 2: Undefeatable (1993) and Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki (1991)

September 29, 2012

I encountered the most delightful clip on YouTube recently.  It was titled “best fight scene of all time.”  Naturally, I assumed this would be a clip of an awful fight.  I was correct.  What I did not expect was that this fight actually seemed to be made back in 1993 with the foresight that one day, through the advent of the not-yet-widespread internet, the world would recognize it as one of the most—whatever “-est” word you want to use here—fight scene ever made.  Most ridiculous comes to mind.  But, for sheer laugh-out-loud quality, this must be considered among the best fight scenes ever made.


The movie is called Undefeatable (1993) and stars the lovely-butted kick queen of the 90s Cynthia Rothrock.  When I was a preteen I seriously wanted to marry this chick, by the way.  Here’s the plot:  A woman avenges her sister’s death at the hands of a crazed martial arts rapist.  That’s it.  That’s all you’ll get from IMDB!  You know right away that this is going to be awesome!  I mean…there’s a “crazed martial arts rapist!”  What does a fight with a crazed martial arts rapist look like?

Here it is…


Instead of slowing down the footage here, they slow down the actors’ actual movements for the slow motion action!  But let me tell you how else this fight scene is awesome…!

The bad guy initiates that he accepts the hero’s challenge by tastefully licking his knife.



They always–ALWAYS–appear to be posing. Here they’re posing while in some sort of “strength locked” stare down.

And here they somehow appear to be posing in the middle of the execution of a maneuver that his striking the villain in the throat.  Mind you, they’re still staring each other in the eye!  Not even a kick to the throat will back this villain out of a staring contest!

The bad guy gets hit in the head so hard he has the Jerry Curl knocked right off his head!

Just to let you know how serious this movie is, early on Cynthia Rothrock does one of her cleavage katas.

Now that we’ve had a taste of the ridiculous, I have another YouTube fight scene treasure for you.  It was called the “most realistic fight scene ever.”  It’s from a movie called Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991).  Keeping in good stride with how seriously this flick takes itself, on the DVD sleeve you can read “It’s Evil Dead 2, Braindead [i.e., Dead Alive] and The Matrix, times ten, turned up to eleven.”



To answer your question: YES!!!  He did take two flaps of his own skin to stitch his gaping wound, mid-combat, before being strangled by someone else’s intestines that they cut and pulled out of themselves!  I hope this made your day like it did mine.


Yup.  That happens!


Product of another gloriously subtle scene from this movie.


In case you missed The Best Fights of Film: Part 1, CLICK HERE.
The first installment actually includes fights that are well done, as opposed to this more comical take on the best fights.

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