Death Dimension (1978)

Article 3784 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-12-2011
Posting Date: 12-24-2011
Directed by Al Adamson
Featuring Jim Kelly, Harald Sakata, George Lazenby
Country: USA
What it is: Martial arts action flick

A criminal known as the Pig is in possession of a bomb that kills people by freezing them. However, he loses the plans when the inventor kills himself after having hidden the secret in a microdot hidden in his daughter’s forehead. A martial arts expert is sent out to investigate.

Here director Al Adamson shows he’s just as adept with the martial arts genre as he is with the other genres he’s worked in over the years. The science fiction aspect of the story is pure Gizmo Maguffin, and isn’t used after the unimpressive test in the opening scenes. From then on it’s an assortment of abysmal chase and fight scenes. Of the name actors, George Lazenby comes off best, whereas Aldo Ray is stuck in a bunch of bad scenes where he argues with Harold ‘Odd Job’ Sakata, as he’s billed here, and who has the villainous lead. Still, there’s a reason that Sakata is best known for a role in which he barely speaks a word; here he jabbers on constantly and exudes no menace when he opens his mouth. In fact, the final scenes where Jim Kelly has to pretend to be outclassed by the tired Sakata in a fight scene is just plain embarrassing. The movie also features an actor who has both the names Bruce and Lee in his moniker without it being Bruce Lee. At least Adamson’s horror movies had a little bit of fun to them.

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