RED HAWK -Weapon of Death- (1995)
DISTRIB. COMPANY:  Manga Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action
DURATION: 90 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

HIS MOST POWERFUL ENEMY... HIS BROTHER.. A FIGHT TO THE DEATH!

Terror and chaos reign in the land of Chungwon. Camellia Blossoms, the most powerful of the warrior gangs, uses this time of unrest to wrestle control of the country form the ailing peoples government while producing counterfeit gold coins to cripple the struggling economy. Within the Camellia Blossoms gang, a group known as "Five Dragons" is being trained to kill in martial arts. Two brothers, Danlyong and Muklyong, belong to the group. But danlyong, with the aid of his elder brother, escapes. In retaliation, the group punishes Muklyong by taking control of his mind and b ody. He will be their "Weapon of Death".

Three years on, the innocent townspeople are too afraid to move against the evil Camellia Blossoms. The government has now been overthrown by the most powerful of the gang's martial arts experts, Lord Seobong, and there is no one left to oppose him. Smaller gangs in the countryside continue to flourish, causing death and mayhem in the villages. honglyung, seeking revenge for her father's murder, sets out with her friends to find the only person who can save the country - Red Hawk. But to be victorious, Red Hawk must face and kill Camellia Blossom's most powerful weapon...his own brother!

Featuring blistering martial arts sequences with extraordinary character designs, Red Hawk is an exciting, action packed animation thriller.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Animated, Color, Widescreen, Dolby
Theatrical trailer(s)
Character Bios
Photo Gallery
Manga Previews
Widescreen letterbox format

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DVD REVIEW:

"Red HAWK" is a movie based on the Korean comic book titled "Redhawk" published by Dai Won Publishing which is a pretty cool action movie. It has similarities to "Dragon Ball Z", "Fist of the Northstar" and "Ninja scroll".

If there is one thing that may confuse people, it looks like anime but it's from Korea and as more and more anime and manga-like productions are being created outside of Japan, can we call it anime?

That's a debate for another time. As for "Red Hawk", it features awesome fight scenes with a character with the hair and look of Super Saiyajin 3 of "Dragon Ball Z", the characters which remind me of "Fist of the Northstars" and the challenges of opponenents similar to "Ninja Scroll".

I really enjoy these type of animations but with "Red Hawk" coming out on DVD, I feel there are some misses. One thing I was hoping is that there would be the animation language track in Korean or Japanese but we only get a dubbed version. The dub is nowhere near the quality of Manga Entertainment's "Macross Plus" and the dub track is reminiscent of the old Streamline anime features. Personally, I wonder if the actual dialog has been changed. The other is not so bad but you can tell the movie's age with the scratches during the animation.

As for DVD special features, there is a photo gallery, character bio and the original trailer and typical Manga Entertainment trailers.

All in all, this anime is showing how other countries have adapted Japanese animation to their animations and "Red Hawk" is an enjoyable anime but I know I would of enjoyed this animation more if presented with it's original language and with English subtitles.

THE MOVIE: C+
THE DVD EXTRAS: C
THE DVD OVERALL: C+