(US - 1984)
BLIND RAGE (pushed as a Fred Williamson movie even though The Hammer only had a cameo) and 1980's THE LAST REUNION. All three films got drive-in and grindhouse play, but Fong was 56 by the time he tried to carve out a niche for himself in the US action market with 1984's KILLPOINT, the first of two failed attempts by longtime B-movie stalwarts Crown International to make Fongsploitation (© Marty McKee) happen with mainstream moviegoers. KILLPOINT didn't get a very wide release, but it managed to play in first-run multiplexes in major cities before hitting video stores (of course, courtesy of Vestron Video) and eventually reaching its intended audience on cable, where undemanding, channel-surfing insomniacs stumbled upon it at 2:30 am. Around since 1959, Crown knew how to play the game, and Fong was likely intended to be their version of two stoical Cannon stars in Charles Bronson and Sho Kosugi, However, Fong's inanimate, stonefaced screen presence was so wooden that he made Bronson look like talk-show Robin Williams by comparison.
|KILLPOINT newspaper ad making it look like a Richard Roundtree movie|
(US - 1986)
trailer that was posted to YouTube in 2010 and appears to have the production values of a homemade porno. (R, 85 mins)