This inert specimen of martial-artlessness stars a certain Bobby Kim, billed as the "Charles Bronson of Tae Kwondo," no doubt because his craggy, mustachioed visage vaguely resembles the veteran Occidental star. And possibly because Kim's appearance in this film consitutes a career Death
Wish. The very least one should get out of even the lowliest kung-fu flick is action, but KILL LINE is as exciting as watching bones mend.
Kim glumly plays Joe Lee, a hard-luck Asian-American who was stuck in prison while his rural family got massacred by bad guys convinced that Joe had stashed a fortune on their prairie homestead. Once paroled, Joe trudges to the remote gravesite to pay his respects. But the evildoers, led by a
corrupt yahoo sheriff and a razor-slashing priest (he kills people, then presides over the Mass at their funerals), are on the lookout. They beat Joe. They burn Joe. They throw Joe off a cliff. Joe gradually starts to realize that the bad guys have it in for him, and he wonders whether it has
anything to do with the money he was falsely convicted of stealing back when he was a courier for some shady missionaries.
After that deadly dull setup, Joe belatedly trounces his tormentors with a little tae kwondo and lots of explosives and ammunition. Finally, hero and villain alike agree that Joe wasn't the thief at all--the loot was embezzled by a well-known TV evangelist. Joe invades the holy man's "Center for
the Less Fortunate" in New York and rakes the set with gunfire during a live broadcast. Then he leaves, and the filmmakers try to tidy up the whole mess with a zany, rambling end title that explains and apologizes for the TV preacher's criminal activities and points out that he did perform a lot
of good deeds in his ministry as well. It really must be seen to be believed, but viewers are best advised to do neither.
Released inauspiciously to home video, KILL LINE was filmed in, as the end credits awkwardly phrase it, "Number One City in the Nation 1988 City and County of Pueblo, Colorado." (Violence, substance abuse, profanity, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: R
- Review: This inert specimen of martial-artlessness stars a certain Bobby Kim, billed as the "Charles Bronson of Tae Kwondo," no doubt because his craggy, mustachioed visage vaguely resembles the veteran Occidental star. And possibly because Kim's appearance in thi… (more)