Fighting the Last Mad Warrior
January 10, 2011
Wrapping up a week of posts about Japanese WW2 soldiers with quick notes about two movies. Fighting Mad (the 1978 movie directed by Cirio Santiago, not the 1976 movie of the same name starring Peter Fonda) and The Last Warrior (the 1989 movie starring Gary Graham, not the 2000 movie of the same name starring Dolph Lundren.) I lump these together because they both contain a Japanese soldier training an American to use a samurai sword.
The Last Warrior has some excellent jungle footage. It’s one of those movies that presents itself as a “normal” movie and it does have some polish, but then you are disappointed to learn it’s just a trashy flick. But then you realize “This is a trash. Awesome!” I especially like the ending.
Fighting Mad (also known as Death Force) is enjoyable in a cheesy 70s movie kind of way. It only has a small amount of kinda maybe jungle footage but, more importantly, it is directed by Cirio Santiago, who made many “jungle movies” in the Philippines that I will post about in the future. Long live Cirio!