It’s Gettin’, It’s Gettin’, It’s Gettin’ Kinda Heavy

Break out the kali sticks, because The Perfect Weapon is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Daryl Surat, Gerald Rathkolb, and Max Dunn.

Review in a Nutshell:  One of the best cinematic showcases of American Kenpo, The Perfect Weapon features a large cast of our favorite Asian character actors and lots of whacky violence.  Jeff Speakman stars as the lily-white protagonist who must show those villainous foreigners the true heart of martial arts.  HE’S GOT THE POWER!

If you’re interested in purchasing this movie on Bluray, please click on the Amazon links below:

The Perfect Weapon [Blu-ray]

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11 Responses

  1. I have waited for this day, for a long time.

  2. You guys forgot the incomparable classic Only the Strong in your list of specific-martial-art-advertising films.

  3. While we may not have mentioned it specifically, I can assure you we did not “forget” Only the Strong.

  4. Considering that it has been covered on this very podcast as part of the Big Month of Mark and I got passed over for it (since otherwise I’d have been on pretty much every episode), I can guarantee you that I did not “forget” about Only the Strong and its status as “the” Capoeira movie, nor did anybody else.

    As noted, there have been so many different martial arts action movies meant to showcase a specific martial art that such an endeavor would be mostly without point. True, sometimes the movie titles are just the style in question, like “Hapkido,” “Wing Chun,” or the OTHER Mark DiSalle-directed film, “Kickboxer”! But there are also other movies that serve to showcase a specific fighting style that don’t call attention to the fact that they’re doing so quite as explicitly, such as the Bourne movies (Escrima) or the Nolan Batman films (Keysi). Thus, it was never our intent to even try to list every single such film. Rather, this is a podcast about appreciating Jeff Speakman’s weaponized vogue dancing.

  5. There’s a Month of Mark? Does it include “The Middleman”?

  6. I think I’m just overeager to bring up that movie at any opportunity.

  7. This kenpō is a Japanese reading of characters read as quánfǎ in Mandarin Chinese (aka kung fu), however notably there is a homonym which uses the character for sword instead of fist. The sword schools that use this terminology (e.g. Taisha Ryū Kenpō) are classical Japanese martial arts that have nothing to do with Chinese sword styles. The former is far less straightforward; although Daryl rightly points out the Chinese connection (it is a loan word, after all), the gamut of things known as kenpō in English is all over the place. For instance, Nippon Kenpō is eclectic striking and grappling that uses bogu for protection and doesn’t really have all that much to do with Chinese arts, whereas Shorinji Kempo is a concerted effort postwar to recreate a Shaolin monastary in Japan. And just in case you think you have it figured out, there is a particular classical school that actually calls itself a fist kenpō.

  8. What, are we learning here?

  9. Someone on your podcast mistakenly stated that no MMA fighter used Kenpo. WRONG!!! The Iceman Chuck Liddell used that fighting system with quite a bit of success.

    Huge fan. Love the show.

  10. Given the style displayed in the film and the people involved, any time I said “Kempo” in the podcast it should be taken as given that I am speaking of “American Kempo” and its various offshoot branches.

    Although I am fully aware of who Chuck Liddell is, it has never once occurred to me to think of the style he used as Kempo. Chuck’s signature offense struck me as primarily kickboxing mixed with American wrestling. I do see his website lists that he uses “Kempo,” but that’s not the same as what is on display in this movie.

    The “Kempo” Chuck used was “Hawaiian Kempo” because his instructor is John Hackleman who created that. You can check Youtube for some videos with both of them in it. Despite the fact that Ed Parker was also from Hawaii, there doesn’t appear to be much common ground between the two styles since the Youtube videos suggest that Hawaiian Kempo is…hmm, a combination of kickboxing and wrestling.

    To know the mechanics of the differences at a deeper level than this would require actual practice/study of them which I don’t have, but I’m standing by my statement: I can’t think of anyone in MMA who fights using American Kempo. Which, as I’ve learned from this movie, means “throat and groin strikes ONLY,” both of which are illegal in modern MMA.

  11. You’ve heard it here, folks. Kenpo: too deadly for the UFC!

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