Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins


(out of 5)

A dangerous cop is seriously injured on the job and taken in by a secret department of the U.S. government. Given extensive plastic surgery on his face (ending up as ) and pronounced dead to the public world, he is then taken into the care of a Korean martial arts master who trains him in extensive techniques of fighting for service to the President. At first reluctant, our hero eventually learns to master the work at hand and even develop a friendship with his teacher. Based on Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy’s series The Destroyer, the film was presumably the start of a franchise that never quite got off the ground. This isn’t too surprising, as the lead character is a bit dull and the story not nearly memorable enough, but as a way to pass the time it’s a fun distraction with some really cool fight scenes. Why they weren’t able to cast a real Asian as the martial arts instructor and instead had to give  slanty eyes and a pidgin-English accent I’ll never know; perhaps Pat Morita refused to do the same part again.

Dick Clark Productions, Orion Pictures

USA, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel The Destroyer by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1985

Golden Globe Awards 1985

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