Day of the Panther

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

Strike of the Panther Jason Blade (Edward John Stazak), one of only three westerners to have graduated from the Chinese panther kung fu temple, is the central protagonist of Day of the Panther (1987) & Strike of the Panther (1988, but seemingly much older films). The latter is also known as Fists of Blood.

The hunky star appeared from out of nowhere with these two films, then melted back into obscurity, thanks be to the gods of kung fu action.

In the first film he has to avenge his girlfriend against a crime boss. In the second he has to rescue his girlfriend.

Being a Panther graduate has responsibilities, so Jason Blade must seek out bad guys &, having no authority to arrest them, simply beat them to death. It's the cowboy way.

Babes that are not particularly attractive; cool cars that aren't that great; villains who don't seem to be accomplishing anything especially evil; & too few badly choreographed fight scenes are what provide the highlights of these stinkeroo Australian actioners.

Day is pokerfaced whereas Strike has a bit more comedy, as if between films it dawned on everybody what a bad job they were doing so they might as well add a guy in a chicken suit. These are a little bit like James Bond flicks, but made for hydrocephalic idiots.

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