Steven Wang co-directed The Guyver before making this wild kung fu movie in America in which Toby Wong (Mark Dacascos) has an advanced bio-device installed in his chest that gives him superhuman speed and agility. He doesn’t want China to get it after Hong Kong goes back into their control, so he runs to America to sell the device for $5 million with the Chinese government and their killer Vic Madison (John Pyper-Ferguson) and his henchman Hedgehog (Tracey Walter, always Bob the Goon) in the lead. Yet because they need the device working, they can’t kill Toby.
Meeting up with songwriter Malik Brody (Kadeem Hardison) and gun crazy Deliverance Bodine (Brittany Murphy), Toby makes his way to Los Angeles, finally engaging all of the folks chasing him — and the new Advanced Model (Masaya Kato) who has an even better device — in a battle to the death.
So yeah — it sounds like every other action adventure movie that went direct to video. But Drive is special, infused with just enough weirdness and off-centered ideas to be something really amazing. I mean, what other movie has former Leatherface R. A. Mihailoff play a singing trucker?
I don’t know how this movie never found me until today, but I’m beyond happy that it did. If you’re ready for some great fight scenes, fast chases and lots of unexpected oddness, grab this now.
The 88 Films release of Drive has a limited Edition slipcase with artwork by Sam Gilbee, a 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), audio commentary with director Steve Wang, fight choreographer Koichi Sakamoto and stars Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Harrison, the original cut that didn’t appear in America, a behind-the-scenes documentary, six deleted scenes, an interview gallery with cast, director and crew and a trailer. You can get it from MVD.