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Best of the Best

Posted by: Lila Garrott
Date Submitted: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 11:45:56
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 12:42:03

Rating: 5 turkeys with a crowd, 2 alone.

My martial arts club watched this one and had an extremely good laugh. It's about a bunch of American martial artists who are registered for an important invitational meet against the Korean national team. I think the Americans were supposed to be the U.S. national team, but in that case, why were they training in an old concrete warehouse? Why does their coach give them track suits with "USA" on the back when no martial artist I have ever run into would be caught dead in a track suit at a meet? The film basically centers around James Earl Jones (utterly wasted) as the Tough Coach Who Relents, an eighties fashion model (whose name I have blanked on) as the Single Father Who Is Bravely Facing Life, and also my personal favorite, The Guy Who Has To Face The Man Who Killed His Brother All Those Years Ago. There are also assorted shots of the Korean team doing wonderful moves in unison -- these are great to "translate" the unsubtitled dialogue ("Now the American scum must die!") -- and shots of the American team doing absolutely NOTHING in unison, to emphasize how individualistic and anti-communist they are. There's even a horrendously overacted, short-skirted female trainer who helps them get in touch with their souls or something. She may be the love interest, but they forget to tie that end of the plot up at the end. I am told this spawned sequels. I hope not.

What to watch for: The character named Virgil.

Worst line of dialogue: "My brother's now my brother!"

Things that make you go "Huh?": The two sets of ice cream cones.

Response From RinkWorks:

According to the Internet Movie Database, your worst fears are confirmed: the series extends all the way to "Best of the Best 4: Without Warning," which was made in 1998.

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