It's like the bridge from Robocop
to Escape From LA
(with a hello from Predator 2
), but for the 90's kid. The dystopian elements are really excellent, a quake destroyed Hollyweird so it has to be rechristened NEW ANGELES? Umm, yes please. George Hamilton & Vanna White host the news. Surrealist satire found here is literally very good. How? Why? You know what, YAY. That's all I have to say. That's when watching this not as a kid is really paying off.
Koga Shuko is the best part of all of this. Compiling his information for a character wiki is a hell of a thing. He runs everything yet nobody apparently sees him, although he's tyrannical enough to manufacture his own brand of Rice Krispies away from Kellogg - dubs them SHUKO KRISPIES, at that. Half of this is a Horror film, with soul spirits that force choke old gang leaders in a very tiny ring, with a stellar aesthetic. There's a dungeon basement full of reanimated corpses that are getting genetically manufactured to be a super gang(?). Shuko basically longs for these powerful medallions simply to control New Angeles even more than he already does. And it seems like he can create his own monsters in the process all because it's just another thing to do. Comes off as if he was a failed martial artist too, and Satori bested him at some point, hence his deep desire for revenge & knowing he needs an other-worldly power to get anything else done. He's like Elle Driver, but with two eyes, a dominatrix henchwoman, is pretty much Bill already & has too much Capitalism working for him. Even if all forms of economy seem evaporated in this dystopia. They both rock some sweet black & white business-ware, which rules. He doesn't like cops, so that actually makes him cool. I've trailed off onto Shuko Dragon topics only. Imagine if that was the name of the movie. Hollyweird is destroyed in this & looks radical; climate change exists in this world too, but nobody denies it. Cars are also rocking better technology in station-wagons & massive tin can trucks than they are in the over-priced luxury vehicle of today. I want a dragon wagon that runs on compost. Oh, and I MUST live in an abandoned movie theater. I simply must. I want a lot of things from this world, even if black acid rain exists. I live with enough quakes & aftershocks, to be used to that. Just need a jack and I'll be good. You don't know Jack...City.
Yes, it's great & yes, I've lost track of how many times I've actually watched this. I miss my VHS copy. I'm talking about DOUBLE DRAGON
, positively, at a rapid rate. Well, I have for 25 years now, so why stop. I love it.
Andy Dick is a deranged weather man in this film.