Monday, January 13, 2014
ISLAND WARRIORS (1981)
I first saw this, back when I was a young fellow, on Rick Shaw's Takeout Theater which was a segment on USA's Night Flight program that was hosted by a comedian who looked like Super Mario and showed really crappy kung fu flicks. This one stood out from the garbage because it was one of the weirdest martial arts films I had seen up until that time. I didn't recall the name though until I recently found this cheap DVD in a supermarket. The reason it sticks out amongst other kung fu movies is that it's the story of an island of ass-kicking women who have a nasty habit of castrating men who stumble across their island. Now this castration involves using a large hook to rip out testicles and amazingly enough this thing played on basic cable back in the 80's. I'll assume they cut out some of the blood but it still was very traumatizing to a young me. Watching it now I can't help but feel it comes off as much goofier then I remember thanks to the strange choice of new-wavey tunes that sound like they belong in a teen-sex comedy playing while our island ladies do their constant wacky aerobics dancing/exercising. Also one guy gets castrated and immediately turns into a cross-dressing homosexual! The story is pretty basic, the women battle some pirates and there's also an opposing island of kung fu men. Without it's sentimental value though it might be a little dull for the average fu fan since there really isn't all that much interesting fighting going on. There are some boobs though and if you wanna see something strange check it out. AKA WARRIOR WOMEN, WOMEN WARRIORS and THE COUNTRY OF BEAUTIES.