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Directed by: Richard Martin
Starring: Gary Daniels, Cary-Hiroyugi Tagawa, Matt Craven, Julia Nickson,and George Cheung
“Change is the only constant in life."
DEA agent Mike Ryan (Daniels) would rather be rock climbing with his
buddy and fellow Special Op John Grogan (Craven)...but instead he’s
chasing after a gang of Asian drug lords led by the sinister Victor Chow
(Tagawa). Like Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Tagawa and his boys are going
to unleash a powerful new drug on the black market. When Chow murders
his buddy, despite being told to just “let it go”, Mike Ryan goes out
for revenge - but who can he trust? The beautiful Jade (Nickson)? The
beautiful Detective Fong (Cheung)? Mike Ryan is going to have to go
rogue and trust his own instincts and martial arts skill on his quest to
find Victor Chow.
Gary Daniels plays another likable dude and
Tagawa another baddie in White Tiger, a film with not much going on in
the plot department, but which contains great fights and
is very fast paced. The story is credited to Bey Logan, the mastermind
of the excellent Dragon Dynasty label of releases. So you know there’s
going to be quality fights and stunts. Funnily enough, the music that
underpins it all is either this modern techno or 90’s “grunge”. While
the movie does take place primarily in Seattle (although it was filmed
in Vancouver, Canada), the band “Pull” should be ashamed. Graeme Coleman
who did the electronic soundtrack was trying to bring the martial arts
film into the 90’s, but we feel he over-reached a bit.
overall feel is that the filmmakers were trying to modernize the
direct-to-video action film, with the aforementioned music, slick
cinematography and a professionally-made vibe. Luckily, they didn’t use
these things as substitutes for the action goods, as is so common today.
Gary Daniels always rocks and here is no exception. In his non-action
scenes, he is his usual
personable, charming self, and in the action department, he seems to be
constantly pushing himself and trying new things. Check out some of his
awesome takedowns for proof. While Tagawa and some of the others are
good, White Tiger is a clear case of No Daniels = No Movie. He carries
the film and makes it seem effortless.
For an intellectually unchallenging but classier-than-usual DTV beat ‘em up, White Tiger will fit the bill perfectly.
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