Forgotten Warrior (1986)
Forgotten Warrior (1986)-* * *
AKA: U.S. Warrior and Commander Rainbow
Directed by: Nick Cacas and Charlie Ordoñez
Starring: Ron Marchini
"The rainbow is good luck."
Steve Parrish (Marchini) is fighting in Vietnam in 1974. He is injured and after a six-month recovery in a small village, he decides to stay behind and marry a local woman. He teaches the whole village martial arts including a small boy who resembles Scott Baio and has the fan favorite bowl haircut.
Everything is going swimmingly, and Steve is enjoying his only piece of clothing, a bright yellow sleeveless shirt, when peace is disrupted. His old 'Nam buddy Thompson, who now works for the Pentagon, and is now evil, tries to find Parrish and along the way works with the local army of baddies run by Col. Minh. Parrish gets really teed off when Thompson rapes and kills his wife. Now, Steve is a one-man-force to be reckoned with.
Marchini yells, many huts explode, and there is a very high kill count. In fact the baddies keep coming and coming, and they are more endless than Olive Garden breadsticks. Didn't we learn anything from the Orange Grove Chase from that same year's Cobra (1986)?
'Warrior is just as good a Rambo knock-off as Final Mission (1984). Marchini even ties a scrap of his yellow shirt around his head very tightly a la John Rambo, later parodied in one of the Hot Shots! movies.
Marchini's Ron-Fu is at its absolute peak here. His skills are never bettered in his later films. Once again, like Death Machines, there is a freeze frame at the end of the movie. This time there are actual credits over it. Marchini is improving.
For 80's fun-action-Vietnam-VHS-silliness, it is hard to do better than Forgotten Warrior.
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