ASIAN FILM - Review
09:30 - 8th August 2013, by Calum Waddell

Dragonwolf

Set in a fictional south east Asian city dubbed 'The Devil's Cauldron' (but actually Bangkok - and they are not fooling anyone), Dragonwolf focuses on two hit men who are led astray by the beauty of a mysterious, but shag-happy, young woman.

Eventually the pair will be pitted against each other in the fight to the doom. Game on. Made on scant funds, Dragonwolf is - first and foremost - very slickly made. The various shoot-outs, and sequences of martial arts mayhem, are decently choreographed and everything you would expect from a B-movie 'beer and pizza' late night opus is here: plentiful nudity and sex, dancing girls, male muscles and gore galore. Indeed, the cavalcade of carnage eventually becomes so exhausting it is difficult to remember who is even battling who - and why. Visually, we would have liked to see Thailand's capital city used to better effect. Director Raimund Huber is so desperate to create a 'new' metropolis that he holds back from ever using one of the world's great sky-scapes to its best effect. Moreover, the acting here is awful. Everyone in this south east Asian realm speaks English (without explanation) and the entire cast really should have paused at the idea of tackling actual lines of dialogue on-camera. That said, this trashy daftness actually adds to Dragonwolf's charm. This is pure rubbish - but it is enjoyable rubbish. It is the sort of mind-boggling silliness that at least offers-up some brainless and painless entertainment. This is not high art, but it is high farce.

Broken bones galore and lots of sex and violence - Dragonwolf knows what it has to offer, and offers it well.
SCORE: 2.5/5
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