Lone Tiger (1996)

While searching Las Vegas for the man who killed his famous father — a wrestler known for his trademark tiger mask who is totally not Naoto Date, the Tiger Mask of anime and pro wrestling fame, despite this being written by Hisao Maki (Joe vs. JoeBodyguard Kiba), the younger brother of Ikki Kajiwara, who actually did create Tiger Mask — Chuji Kurenai (Bruce Locke, Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat: Conquest series and Otomo in RoboCop 3) discovers a world of fighters that battle to the death, which gets in the way of his quest to defeat Dark Tiger (Matthias Hues, Oscar the Lion Tamer in Big Top Pee-wee, as well as Kickboxer 2, TC 2000 and Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), the pro wrestler who killed his father.

Meanwhile, Bruce Rossner (Richard Lynch) wants him as his main fighter, using money as motivation, as Hisao is taking care of some runaways — kind of like how Naoto Date would take care of the orphange (and to this day, Japanese fans of the manga and anime anonymously donate to childrens’ charities using Date’s name). He asks his main fighter, King (Robert Z’Dar) to train Hisao to be a killing machine, which takes all of one wacky montage.

Somehow, Tomothy Bottoms is in this. Yes, the same Timothy Bottoms from The Last Picture ShowJohnny Got His Gun and The Paper Chase. Then again, this is also the same Timothy Bottoms that was in Total ForceIn the Shadow of Kilimanjaro and The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, in which he played President George Bush. The George Walker Bush President Bush.

Warren A. Stevens also directed Dragonfight and Eagles Law, but spent most of his career doing stunts, like Cannon’s Lambada and Super Mario Bros.

As for the movie, well, instead of spending time showing us pro wrestling or fighting to the death, there’s an extended fried chicken eating scene. And the tiger mask of this Nise Tiger Mask is poofy and goofy and the fight scenes seem shot underwater, but then again, seeing Z’Dar spit out fake blood and a character scream, “I love to pee!” are the better parts of the film, so maybe it could have used more fried chicken eating.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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