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The Last Kumite Unboxing

Kickstarter-funded martial arts love letter The Last Kumite is a wonderful homage to the glory days of action cinema. This passionate film may be imperfect, but there’s such a genuine love here for the films it is a tribute to, that it is hard to be too critical. Especially considering the minimal budget the film was working with. The Last Kumite is a lovely reminder of the power of independent filmmaking and the passion that goes into it, and for that reason alone, earns a recommendation. Capelight’s 4K UHD Steelbook release is beautiful, and will surely be an essential purchase for martial arts enthusiasts.

Synopsis

When Karate champion Michael Rivers wins the last tournament of his career, shady businessman Ron Hall offers him the opportunity to fight in an illegal Kumite in Bulgaria against the world’s best martial artists.

When Michael declines, Hall has his daughter kidnapped and, in order to rescue her, Rivers is left with no choice but to compete in the deadly tournament. Arriving in Bulgaria, he finds out that he is not the only fighter whose loved one was taken. Rivers enlists the help of trainers Master Loren (Billy Blanks), and Julie Jackson (Cynthia Rothrock) but will it be enough for him to win the tournament and save his daughter’s life?

Bonus Features

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Stan Bush: “No Surrender” (music video)
  • Interviews with Kurt McKinney, Mohammed Qissi, Mathis Landwehr, Matthias Hues and Paul Hertzog
  • Sean and Mathis comment on previs
  • Trailer
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