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Rated PG-13
Copyright 1993 Scanbox International, Greenleaf Productions, and Imperial Entertainment
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Billy Lee - Scott Wolf! Brash and younger of the two brothers, he has to wear the gay blue outfit.
  • Jimmy Lee - Older and slightly bitter of the pair who hates lunch boxes. Scott Wolf's love pulls him from the brink... (Soft music here.)
  • Marian - Alyssa Milano! Spunky female leader of "The Power Corps." I think she was caught in a paint factory explosion.
  • Satori - Woman who adopted Billy and Jimmy after they were orphaned, she also tried to keep the Double Dragon Amulets out of evil hands. Fried by an explosion and dies.
  • Chief Delario - Marian's father and head of the New Angeles Police Department.
  • Huey and Lewis - Two goons.
  • Bo Abobo - Steroid popping gang member who looks like a giant turnip after Shuko experiments on him.
  • Lash - Sexy blonde woman who works for Shuko. You have to love any girl that good with a whip.
  • Koga Shuko - Robert Patrick! (The T-1000 from Terminator 2.) A corrupt martial arts master turned tycoon who will stop at nothing to obtain the Double Dragon Amulets. Ends up in jail.

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The Plot: 

I still can't believe this cast, go figure huh? Lovingly inspired by the hot new arcade game (sounds like I'm selling something, doesn't it?) this is an hour and a half of HORRID ACTING.

Here's the plot which casts Scott Wolf as a martial arts fighter: Los Angeles was destroyed by the big quake and is now New Angeles, large sections of which are controlled by gangs. The two Lee brothers have been raised by Satori, who is also protecting one half of the mystical Double Dragon Amulet. Koga Shuko has obtained the amulet's other half and will stop at nothing to complete the talisman. So Satori dies, but delays the bad guys long enough for Jimmy and Billy to escape. These two goof balls then hook up with Marian to avenge Satori's death. Huge collage of kicking and punching, the good guys win, the bad guys go to jail, the end.

What did you expect? All of Shuko's evil warriors are hopelessly inept of course and he can't defeat the adolescent brothers even after joining the amulets together (he briefly has both). Keep in mind that these two spend half the movie looking at each other and screaming. (Abobo shows up - scream, two dozen gang members attack - scream, somebody puts mayonnaise on french fries - scream.) Michael Berryman (Pluto from "The Hills have Eyes") was kind enough to appear, though I still can't figure out why he used "snarf" as a noun.

It's best summed up by commenting that the two brothers were nicknamed "Ugh-Lee" and "Home-Lee" in this movie which was rather "Sill-Lee."

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Old monks can't run very fast.
  • Karate does not involve nuggies.
  • In the future cars are powered by burning newspaper.
  • Madonna is secretly in love with Tom Arnold.
  • Basketballs are better weapons than nunchucks.
  • Shadows can strangle people.
  • Canned cheese is bad for internal combustion engines.
  • Two adolescent males (one of which is Scott Wolf) can defeat the entire gang population of a major city.
  • Never peek in on a ninja who has a metal pole.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 10 mins - A midget, cool!
  • 14 mins - Is this a movie or Spyhunter?
  • 32 mins - I'll never eat turnips again, I swear.
  • 46 mins - A Postal Service gang?
  • 55 mins - Marian is torturing Abobo by feeding him spinach...
  • 64 mins - Serious rope burn.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note doubledragon1.wav Billy: "My whole life just flashed before my eyes. Dude, I sleep a lot."
Green Music Note doubledragon2.wav Satori: "The medallion acts as a spiritual amplifier, it magnifies the power inside you."
Green Music Note doubledragon3.wav Shuko: "I just want domination of one major American City! Is that too much to ask for? Is it, is it?"
Green Music Note doubledragon4.wav Demon Ninja: "You're weak, like your father."
Billy: "You're ugly, like your mother!"

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Double Dragon
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by F.C.
This is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Even if it's far from the Double Dragon arcade games atmosphere, it's still far better than "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" movies.
Double Dragon
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Bruce Darren Acosta

There are many reasons that Hollywood are making bad movies based on video games like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros.Double Dragon is a bad movie,It failed the box office
hit across the globe with a budget of $2.3 million in the US
and $3.6 million around the world nationwide.
This film has awful fight scenes and bad plot.There is no way that the Double Dragon 2 will not be a movie sequel right now.
Screw Double Dragon and Street Fighter.Those games to movie suck.


Double Dragon
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by T
Best comment I ever saw for this film was

"It proves that identical twin brothers can come from different races"

Mark Dascascos is still hot though
Double Dragon
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Corey
Along with Super Mario Brothers, this is another one of my guilty pleasures.(I'm a big Marc Dascascos fan. Don't hurt me.)
Double Dragon
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Felicity
I rented this movie in the mid-1990s on a day when I was in a really good mood.  I had just recovered from something very depressing and was feeling great.  So I probably enjoyed this movie more than it deserved to be enjoyed.

The only character I really liked was Robert Patricks character.  Who would have thought hed look so good with that ridiculous early-1990s fashion sense?  The bottle-blond pompadour, the Fu Manchu goatee, the hipster/yuppie business suit.

(While Im at it, whats the deal with Hollywood casting white guys as Asian villains?  It bothers my friend Ryan a lot more than it bothers me, but then he has a whole thing about Asians.  Is it true colour-blind casting, or is someone really not paying attention to the character names and descriptions?)

However, I also loved the lines:

It will make you as strong as ten men.
Im *already* as strong as ten men!

I still quote that bit occasionally.  :-)

I dont know if I would enjoy this movie as much now that Im no longer in that great mood.  It has bad writing, bad acting, bad costumes, bad sets, bad effects, and it breaks one of my rules by being set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

Why were there two guys who looked like Al Leong, and neither of them was Al Leong?
Double Dragon
Reply #22. Posted on December 09, 2004, 08:37:35 AM by Cal Smith
The video game was great, Alyssa Milano was hot and the T-1000 from Terminator 2 looked horribly gay.
Double Dragon
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by jmsynth
Thank God that this movie clearly doesn't take itself very seriously. How else can you explain a Double Dragon arcade machine not only being in the film, but being FOCUSED ON by the friggin' camera. The film had decent special effects considering how cheap it was. Connection to the games is minimal at best, but the film did spawn a spin-off cartoon series! Not a classic, not even among VG movies, but fun.
Double Dragon
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Cambot99
Why do one of the brothers look like they're from China(Or Japan, I can't tell the difference)?
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