on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
Although little known in the U.S., actor and martial artist Mark Zaror is fast becoming an international star. Zaror takes on the role of Zamir, the leader of a clan known as the Kiltros, which is the name of the action-packed martial arts film. Zaror, a Chilean native, with extensive training in Tae Kwon Do, coordinated all the fight scenes and has doubled for ‘The Rock’; he is that good!
Zamir defends his love interest, Kim, and her Korean father (a martial arts master) against Mark Kalba, an evil man consumed with revenge for a past love betrayal. Kim and her father are kidnapped by Kalba, who plans to keep them alive long enough to kill their entire family.
Zamir tries to rescue them, but finds his street inspired martial arts are no match for Kalba. Zamir is saved by the Yoda-like grandmaster of Kim’s father. The miniature grandmaster sends Zamir to learn authentic martial arts from one of the grandmaster’s disciples.
The DVD version of the film is presented in a widescreen format. Early in the film, there is about a minute of a nightclub scene, where the film quality appears quite poor when viewed on a 65-inch HDTV screen. The pre-release widescreen DVD version was produced in Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 with English subtitles. Though I almost always prefer an English dub (so that I don’t miss any action), I found this film easily captured and held my attention to the end of the movie. The consumer release version will have superior Dolby Digital 5.1 English-dubbed sound along with the original Spanish language sound tracts.
This production is both an engaging love story and a martial arts action film, with a surprise ending, good enough for a sequel. The martial arts fight scenes are realistic and well done. This is a martial arts sleeper! I rate the film content four out of five stars.