The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Corey Yuen’s Hong Kong mar­tial arts movie based on the Dead or Alive com­puter game in­cred­i­bly cred­its three writ­ers for its comic-book plot. Pro-wrestler Tina (Jaime Pressly), master thief Christie (Aus­tralian Holly Valance), and ninja princess Ka­sumi (Devon Aoki) are com­peti­tors in a mar­tial arts tour­na­ment with a $10 mil­lion prize. Their com­peti­tors at the tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the evil mas­ter­mind Dr Dono­van (Eric Roberts) in­clude a street fighter (Brian White), Aus­tralia’s strong­est man (Derek Boyer) and tough Leon (Sil­vio Si­mac). It’s all about the girls and their bikini out­fits, and per­haps the mak­ers didn’t bother try­ing to make any sense of the sto­ry­line so the teenage boys likely to be drawn to this pop trash won’t have to think at all. Yuen of­fers many fight se­quences, but they’re as cheesy as other el­e­ments of the movie, and that in­cludes Valance’s per­for­mance, as painful to watch as some­one drag­ging a fin­ger­nail across a black­board. ★

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