A routine tale of a woman out to avenge her brother's death in the ring, KICK BOXER'S TEARS boasts a handful of good fight scenes featuring Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima (billed here as Cynthia Luster), two favorite fighting femmes of Hong Kong action cinema. The 1992 film received its first
official US release on home video in 1998.
Joan Lee (Moon Lee), a Chinese doctor, comes to Hong Kong to see her brother, Michael Lee (Ken Lo), a kickboxer who runs a gym with his partners Sammy (Gabriel Wong Yat-San) and Alan (Mark Cheng). When Michael is killed in the ring after a bout with Billy Chow (Billy Chow), Joan approaches Joey
Wong (Jimmy Lee), Chow's manager, and demands an underground grudge match. She fights Chow and, learning of his tactic of putting chili powder on his gloves to blind his opponents (as was done with Michael), she becomes enraged and beats Billy, breaking his spine.
Joey's wife, Mrs. Wong (Yukari Oshima), the cousin and secret lover of Billy, demands a fight to the death with Joan. Her thugs kidnap the drunken Alan to coerce Joan into participating. Fighting on a stone arena in an abandoned ruin outside of the city, Joan wins the bout when one of her kicks
sends Mrs. Wong into a wall, impaling her on a jutting spike. Joan, her friend Tommy (Wilson Lam), and Sammy get into a pitched battle with Joey Wong and his men in an abandoned house. They manage to kill Joey and most of his henchmen although Sammy and Tommy are seriously wounded in the effort.
Patterned roughly along the lines of the old Warner Bros. boxing melodramas of the 1930s, KICK BOXER'S TEARS offers a bare minimum of story line in order to keep viewers waiting for Moon Lee's handful of fight scenes, including two bouts with her frequent costar Yukari Oshima (ANGEL, ANGEL FORCE,
BEAUTY INVESTIGATOR). The film also includes one lengthy kickboxing match between Billy Chow, another genre favorite, and Ken Lo (billed here as Lu Wai Kwon), Jackie Chan's real-life bodyguard and occasional onscreen opponent (DRUNKEN MASTER 2). (Violence)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: A routine tale of a woman out to avenge her brother's death in the ring, KICK BOXER'S TEARS boasts a handful of good fight scenes featuring Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima (billed here as Cynthia Luster), two favorite fighting femmes of Hong Kong action cinema.… (more)