Blind Fury – re:View

August 26, 2017147 Comments

Rich Evans is joined by special guest Len Kabasinski to discuss the blind swordsman schlock classic Blind Fury starring Rutger Hauer!

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  • Ret Marut

    “Blinded in Vietnam.” Need I say more Rich?

  • Good choice.

  • Sir Baronish

    I’m glad you guys did this film. “Blind Fury” was one of my favorite films back in the mid 90s, and it would often play late at night on HBO.

    One can only hope you guys have either “The Hidden,” “Enemy Mine,” “The Neverending Story,” or “The Beastmaster” on the back-burner.

    The best part is, three of those films have TERRIBLE sequels that would be great for a Best of the Worst sequel-themed episode, should you so be inclined.

  • Guus van Voorst

    This movie is criminally underrated…
    What I especially loved about this movie is how much personality every person in this movie had without blatently insulting the audience…

  • frankelee

    Rich loves keeping things in the can.

  • DRP103

    Underrated gems around the same time as Blind Fury: Arachnophobia, Joe vs. the Volcano, Innerspace, Parenthood.

    Screw VHS movies. HBO and MTV were more influential in the ’80s. Super Fuzz. If you watched Super Fuzz on HBO, then you know what I’m talking about.

  • marko112kg

    The Hidden is awesome, not least becasue you get to see a lot of Ivanova from Babylon 5.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Innerspace rocks! Better watch out or The Cowboy will get ya!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    What about Hobo with a Shotgun?

  • DanceOfBirther

    It should also be noted that Meg Foster was on Deep Space Nine.

  • kapsi

    It’s a remake of a Zatoichi movie.

  • Jean-François Martel

    I love Rich’s “Sex” hat

  • THE HIDDEN is fucking awesome.

  • hey everyone! thanks for checking out the episode…i watched the shit
    out of this movie when i was a young teenager. still love it. 🙂 i
    started a patreon a few months ago, its very small but one of the shows i film every
    month for it is my “forgotten movie den” where i talk about some films
    maybe you havent heard about and maybe youd want to check out…like
    FIST FIGHTER (1989) or MARTIAL OUTLAW (1993). i only have $2 level but
    if you want to check it out its at http://www.patreon.com/killerwolffilms
    lots of new stuff on the way….SWAMP ZOMBIES is being re-released
    to dvd finally, and im working hard to get CURSE OF THE WOLF and FIST OF
    THE VAMPIRE back to dvd by Halloween time, and two new movies HELLCATS REVENGE and BLOOD PRISM (my first dark comedy/horror project) but again, thanks for
    watching the episode guys & girls <3

  • ima420r

    Beastmaster!!!

  • Nathan Vaccaro

    This movie looks great! So glad it was featured

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Wait, Roy Batty got his eyeballs repo-ed?

  • ObeyMyBrain

    I guess I was one of the few who saw this in theaters, barely remember any of it.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Her eyes are really, really blue.

  • Leo_Silva.

    I really loved this one as a kid
    I had no idea batty was in it

  • Derbrererd

    I loved this movie when I was a kid, I always wanted a sword like that.

  • Joe Syxpac

    I remember the local rental store having Blind Fury in the section labeled “Super Action”.

    I think I rented it three times before I just decided to buy the damn thing.

  • RLMkeepitup

    the film responsible for the phantom menace looks surprisingly fun

  • Back when the nearest video store was a wire-frame carousel of tapes in the corner of a newsagents, this was the film we rented frequently.

  • Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface

    Len always comes across as such a nice, kind dude. 🙂

  • + VW Clean Diesel VW /+

    I see the parallels but Zatoichi is more horror than action for me. He goes further in portraying the darkness. Behind the polite fassade is no human anymore. An empty husk with no place in our society left. He would even cut down women and children if he had to. Like Death impersonated he does not descriminate anymore, you cannot bargain with him and he can’t be stopped.

  • Spoiled Ants

    Have you seen Takeshi Kitano’s Zatoichi?
    It’s more of a comedy-musical- martial arts film.

  • Spoiled Ants

    What about it? It’s boring as hell.

  • Spoiled Ants

    What happened to the longer re:view podcasts?

  • + VW Clean Diesel VW /+

    That’s the movie I mean specifically. (and the original one with Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo). I see no problem with it beeing funny in parts. Life can be funny. And death (Zatoichi) is part of life. The horror is to realise that he sits right next to you. Or that a human such as Zatoichi can exist.

  • RLMkeepitup

    can’t wait for Mike’s analsis of the female reboot of Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 8

  • I second The Hidden and Enemy Mine, I had those both on VHS when I was a kid. Good movies.

  • Eric

    I loved this movie. As for why it did so poorly…I had never heard of it until I saw it on a shelf at my local video store.

  • EJ

    They get kind of funny around the time the 6th or 7th group of bad guys confront him and taunt him. It’s like, “he’s just killed about 40 dudes who acted just like you! What makes you think you’ll succeed where they failed?!?”

  • EJ

    The first 2/3 of Joe vs. the Volcano are great:

    – “Have you thought much about luggage, Mr. Banks”
    – “Not really”
    – “It is the central preoccupation of my life.”

    But it goes downhill once they actually get to the island. You do have to love that involves someone conspiring to make a depressed guy kill himself – comedic premises don’t get much darker than that.

  • EJ

    Holy shit I forgot all about The Hidden. I used to love that movie.

  • EJ

    Same. I don’t remember any promotion for this movie – up until this review I had actually assumed it was direct to video.

  • EJ

    I don’t think it was the comedy shenanigans that turned people off – a lot of successful 1980s action movies were pretty comical. Beyond the obviously jokey stuff like Robocop, look at the Lethal Weapon series with the bomb in Murtaugh’s toilet or the bad guy getting decapitated by a surfboard. Even Riggs’ suicidal tendencies are usually played for laughs.

    I think they just couldn’t figure out how to promote it. Rutger Hauer wasn’t a big enough star to attract general audiences, and he wasn’t known as a martial arts guy so he couldn’t bring in the MA geeks. And Terry O’Quinn, while he’s an excellent actor who’s been in a lot of quality stuff, has never been the type of A-lister who puts butts in seats.

  • Mike Magnum

    I think Len is my favorite recurrent guest. Sorry Canadian dudes.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Colin was the piss tub that broke the camel’s back.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Tobe Hooper is dead and Joe Arpaio isn’t. God has the worst aim these days.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Don’t let Paul Feig near it.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    People have short attention spans and/or a meth addiction. Look how our democracy turned out.

  • RLMkeepitup

    craven, romero, hooper.. it’s getting scary, or a lot less so.

  • Bubs

    What a shameless plug from a relentless hackfraud! Just kidding, much love Len, wish you were around more.

  • Ignacio

    Somebody loves Blind Fury too. Thank god.

  • Ignacio

    I would like to see Max Landis again.

  • Ignacio

    Len is cool, but bring back Max Landis.

  • Ignacio

    Len is cool, but bring back Max Landis.

  • Sir Baronish

    I have to disagree. Max doesn’t fit. He’s too outlandishly obnoxious.

    And if you were being facetious, I still will say, “Max doesn’t fit. He’s too outlandishly obnoxious.”

  • Joe Syxpac

    Enemy Mine is one of those movies that I adore but would totally understand if someone said they didn’t care for it.

  • Moist

    The tone of this kind of reminds me of that Remo Williams movie and that Buckaroo Banzai movie. And the commercial failure reminds me of those movies as well. And the term “commercial failure” reminds me of the “not economically viable” guy in Falling Down. All of these movies deserve a re:View, I think.

  • Moist

    Play with it, pal. Don’t talk to it.

  • Brian Levine

    They made Blind Fury Too? I’ll bet Jason Bateman was awesome in it!

  • Brian Levine

    Jake Lloyd does look suspiciously like Brandon Call.

  • Moist

    I told you to empty the piss tub before strapping it on to the camel. Even if it hadn’t broken the camel’s back did you really expect there to be enough piss to fuck in after being transported by camel? Haven’t you ever heard of sloshing? You should maybe consider getting out of the piss tub transportation business.

  • Uncle Dan

    Max adds some variety, and I do like his insight into how Hollywood actually works, rather than how RLM generally makes informed guesses which are still guesses.

    But I guess you meant to say he’s a little… outLandis…

    Here all week!

  • Grendelsan

    I’m glad Rutger got some love here, but his career has had lots of ups and downs that Rich glosses over in his treatment. Sure, Rutger as a leading-man draw in America dwindled during the 90s and beyond, but he was still a well-respected actor, having guest roles in large successful films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Batman Begins, Sin City, and The Rite, not to mention his starring role in Hobo with a Shotgun. Prior to his US career taking off after Nighthawks with Stallone, he made some amazing Dutch films with Paul Verhoeven like Turkish Delight and Soldier of Orange, which all cemented him as the most successful Dutch lead actor in history.

    Rutger was never the typical action A-lister, but could actually act and play dramatic and delicate roles like The Legend of the Holy Drinker, On a Moonlit night, and Il Futuro.

    And if you haven’t ever seen Blood of Heroes, you’re missing out!

  • Uncle Dan

    I loved Joe vs. the Volcano. The entire first act portraying Joe’s society was hammered into my soul as amazing worldbuilding. But you’re right about the island.

  • Uncle Dan

    As a Vietnamese person, I appreciated that all the Vietnamese language stuff was authentic.

    I also really liked how it got that opening sequence over with as fast as possible so they didn’t give themselves any chances to be culturally inaccurate beyond the “white guy learns an Asian martial art” trope.

    That said, I’m pretty sure the sword is Japanese in style, rather than Vietnamese, but I’d still be interested if there really is an actual martial art with the reverse grip on the sword.

  • Joe Syxpac

    It’s probably unlikely that a reverse grip sword style exists outside of Hollywood or anime. It makes sense for a knife where you need to get close and grapple, but holding a sword like that negates the major advantages a sword has, which would be thrusting reach and cutting power.

  • Neblogai

    RLM is certainly a treasure, and probably my favorite channel on the web, but.. They usually see only American popular junk. Which is fine on it’s own- no one does better reviews of it. However, here, when talking about career of Rutger Hauer they should have went out of their cultural bubble, and get ‘Il Futuro'(2013) mentioned.. This film is really interesting in context, as in Il Futuro Rutger is an aged action film star (like he really is now), but depressed, having lost career because of going blind. Still, in seclusion, he trained himself to be good with a sword.. (I guess you can see- this all looks like a lot of hints).
    RLM living in American cultural galapagos worked against them in this case. It was an enjoyable re-view otherwise.

  • EJ

    If you look at the action scenes, he usually flips it around forward before he uses it. I think somebody just thought it looked cool.

  • Cakefarts

    I too saw it in the theatre. Loved it. I bought a ticket. I sure as shit didn’t see George there. But I didn’t think to look.

    The Blood of Heroes is when I think I gave up on ol’ Rutger.

  • Moist

    I’ve never encountered the term “American cultural Galapagos” before. Maybe it’s because I’m too provincial.

  • Admiral Bone-to-Pick

    Adding Rich’s theory (“George Lucas ripped this film off, because a guy gets cut in half…”), I believe the character Ashoka Tano holds her sword in an underhand fashion too. What a rip off!!!!!

  • EJ

    To be fair this movie probably got the reverse grip idea from Zatoichi – that’s how he holds his sword.

  • Grendelsan

    I’m not sure why some are denying that this is a Zatoichi remake. It’s as clear as day. And an early version of the Blind Fury script was penned by Ryozo Kasahara, who wrote two different Zatoichi films in the Japanese series.

  • EJ

    It’s been ages since I’ve seen a Zatoichi movie, but is he ever given an origin story? (how he became blind, how he learned to fight while blind, etc.) I could be wrong but IIRC he kind of just shows up.

  • EJ

    All the scenes at the factory are brilliant. “I know he can GET the job, but can he DO the job,” the business with the Main Drain… And all the weird supporting characters – the limo driver, the luggage salesman, etc. It’s almost Cohen Brothers-esque.

  • Mike Magnum

    Im totally fine with them bring back Max Landis. Hey Maybe next time Max can bring his father along. Imagine Max and John Landis on Best of the Worst.

  • EJ

    Looking forward to the forgotten movie den. Always fun listening to you talk about the old action schlock that you love.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Blind Furry? Sounds a bit niche.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Come! Join me! Approach the Rich Evans Shrine in my RLM Cargo Cult!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    That’s some quality free association, Newman.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Bring him back where? Behind the convenience store?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    May God strike me dead for my blasphemy.
    **God kills some beloved national treasure from the cinema or music industries**

  • Pop Culture Reference

    How else am I going to transport these Ivanka Trump-branded Trump Tower Russian-style solid gold piss tubs?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    He’ll never make it in Hollywood. He lacks the sycophantic smugness of a Paul Feig.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Does that mean links work now?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Putter [screaming]: I’M POSSESSED!!!

  • Bubs

    Only for important people. And maybe impotent people.

  • + VW Clean Diesel VW /+

    My theory is he is in fact a war veteran. In the time when the original Zatoichi movies were released the (japanese) audience knew exactly what he represents after WWII when such persons happens to be found everywhere so they didn’t need to tell it to them. No home, no family. Damaged body. Good fighter. One and one is two.

  • That’s kind of how I feel about Waterworld.

  • Sideboob

    It is specifically a remake of Zatoichi Challenged. The 17th film in the series.
    Anyone who thinks otherwise is full of shit.

  • Sideboob

    I am not sure if the reverse grip style is authentic, but that is how Shintaro Katsu held his sword in the old Zatoichi movies.

  • Sideboob

    Allowing John to cameo could potentially result in multiple deaths.
    Just sayin’…

  • Sideboob

    I thought the M in RLM stood for Meth.
    Am I wrong?

  • Sideboob

    He also doesn’t have any of those swanky suits!

  • Sideboob

    Which RLM guys are furries?
    My guess is Mike and Jack.

  • Joe Syxpac

    If you’re blind and a furry than all porn works for you.

  • Alex Doucet

    Ken Labasinski

  • Moist

    Solid gold? No, it’s just spray paint. You get a crew of junkies, have them steal the tubs, pay them nickels on the dollar, and spray paint that shit behind the store. Just like they did with those steaks and that “university.”

  • Moist

    Why be greedy? A lot of it works without being blind or into fur.

  • EJ

    Would kind of have been more interesting if his buddy was forced to make weird porn, like in Zatoichi Challenged, instead of designer drugs.

  • MonkeyKing1969

    Back in the good ol’ days when all there was were mom & pop video stores this was a fun rental.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Maybe for you.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    And that damn Pornhub did away with all those honest, God-fearing, patriotic mom and pop porn stores.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Josh does a great Fozzy Bear cosplay, especially since his jokes aren’t funny.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    It’s like that old saying, “A diploma from Trump University is not worth a bucket of warm piss.” Or maybe that was Jack Nance Gardner talking about the Vice Presidency?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    What do Rich’s teeth look like?

  • Sideboob

    Wakka Wakka Wakka!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    His suits are from the Mark Gatiss “Oh, I’m Ever So Clever” Collection from Savile Row.

  • Sideboob

    Tums?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    The man responsible for the phantom menace looks surprisingly ovoid.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    There’s a Donald Trump joke there, but I’m not seeing it.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    That’s how I feel about The Apple.

  • EJ

    Next time you’ll get more than a dildo in your head!

  • Moist

    See, the joke is that the OP used a very peculiar term (that maybe nobody else (anywhere in the history of everything) has ever used) to accuse RLM of being provincial ignoramuses. Like, it’s doubly ironic?

    Ah, fuck it. I’m playing four dimensional chess against people who barely understand tic-tac-toe.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Jeff Lebowski?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “The use of excessive force in the apprehension of John Landis has been approved.”

  • Pop Culture Reference

    **tips the waitress, tries the veal**

  • Pop Culture Reference

    He was pretty convincing in The Stepfather.

  • EJ

    Sorry, Mr. President.

  • Moist

    That hurts my feelings and I downvoted it.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Speaking of career ups and downs, Sean Young.

  • It’s worth noting that while not a great film – Rutger Hauer’s performance in Split Second has always been awesome to me. He plays a perfect campy badass in that movie. A lot of great little bits here and there.

  • EJ

    Waterworld just gets a lot of shit because it went so far over-budget and at the time nobody spent that kind of money on sci-fi action schlock. Nowadays, when it’s normal to spend like $250 million on superhero movies, it would barely raise eyebrows.

    If you ignore all the industry gossip and just take it for what it is, it’s a fun movie. Starts off a little slow but really picks up once Dennis Hopper shows up.

  • EJ

    It’s also an archetype that audiences were already familiar with from other Samurai films and Westerns. We never really know what Yojimbo’s backstory is either, he just kind of rolls into town one day.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    What about the porn makes it “weird”? Would Colin from Canada like it?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “American cultural gigolos”?

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Now that’s what I call pod racing! Woo hoo!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    I’m more of a Red Sex fan myself.

  • EJ

    Well it’s Japanese porn, and they’re into some weird stuff. So I guess Colin would like it.

  • EJ

    Also Beastmaster was from the era when you could have nudity in your movie and still get a PG rating. Good times.

  • ikdks

    Hey Len, if you haven’t seen it, check out The One Armed Boxer vs the Master of the Flying Guillotine.

    I’m pretty sure it was the inspiration for Street Fighter 2.

  • ikdks

    People don’t dress up as clowns for children.

    Not really.

  • Uncle Dan

    I know Rich says he reads the comments so maybe one of them will see this, but…

    Hey a Re:View about Innerspace would be great! I vaguely remembered a little bit from when I was a kid, rewatched it after the guys here mentioned it somewhere… and it’s fantastic! Definitely worth putting on the Re:View watchlist.

  • Uncle Dan

    Home of the Rectal Probe!

  • Frank Acree

    Didn’t Zatoichi have a conversation with one of the characters in the films where he said he lost his sight as a child? It just faded away and he adjusted accordingly?

  • EJ

    You’re probably right, there’s so many of those movies and it’s been a while since I’ve seen any of them.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Not “Ethan Frome”?

  • Sean Tenhoff

    Fun episode. Host more Rich!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    The Last Vampire on Earth needed more blind sword fights.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    “I’m an old cow hand … from the Rio Grande.”

  • Pop Culture Reference

    It shows. The script for The Phantom Menace reads like a badly translated user’s manual for a Sony VCR.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    If I wanted to watch someone blatantly insult the audience, I’d watch the President address the nation. But I could endure that after imbibing a Vicodin and absinthe martini … with extra Vicodin.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Who doesn’t love Alien Lou Gossett, Jr. giving birth?

  • Foreman 371

    they care mostly about youtube. Don’t get why they like the hatezone this much when here a complete subculture of RLM fans is blooming but that’s not my problem. Rich? One of his last comments was under a pre rec video 2012…

  • Casey D. Mann

    I grew up watching Blind Fury, but I learned Vietnamese years later. Watching Blind Fury after learning the language was pretty cool, knowing that real Vietnamese was spoken.
    Almost all movies I watched up to that point had fake Vietnamese, so when he was in the village learning how to use a sword – and I understood what they were saying – I got excited. lol
    It was cool! Verrrry cool!

  • Casey D. Mann

    When I think of Remo Williams, I usually have just as fond memories flashing by of Blind Fury.

  • Papa Figo

    Rutger Hauer is awesome, a schlock veteran. But Hobo with a Shotgun is bad ass to the max!

  • Papa Figo

    The wet post-apocalypse movie. Great flick, but like most Kevin Costner’s movies it could use some editing.

  • Papa Figo

    Blood of heroes is mostly a sports movie, but it features a fake sport and takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. I love it.

    When they eventually make a movie out of that fake sport with flying brooms from Harry Potter they would be wise to watch this movie first.

  • Papa Figo

    I felt Hobo did for the vigilante movies what Turbo Kid did for the post-apocalyptic ones. It is a pastiche, both a parody and a celebration of the genre.

  • EJ

    Buckaroo Banzai and Repo Man as well. Hollywood made the weirdest shit in the early 80s.

  • Hey all, since this is latest video I did…ill post here 🙂 heres my new teaser for SWAMP ZOMBIES 2!!! Hope ya check it out along w my patreon. Thx everyone
    https://youtu.be/PvFsBLnwdlM

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