Great Moments in Synth: Richard Yuen’s “King of the Kickboxers”

Graphic design brilliance!Today’s endearing, lesser-known music track is from the late ’80s-early ’90s cheeseball martial arts extravaganza, King of the Kickboxers (starring none other than ingenious Tae Bo creator, Billy Blanks, as the villain!). The choreography is tight and outrageous, and the expressions, script and acting are beyond terrible. Seriously, this last fight scene is so precious, an extreme blend of acrobatic and choreographic talent as well as utterly tacky film cliches.

The music is fun, reminiscent of classic ’80s fare, like John Woo’s The Killer. It was composed by Richard Yuen, a Taiwanese (?) composer, who scores soundtracks and writes for pop musicians in East Asia. Or something. I don’t know, really, as I didn’t find this song because I was listening to Richard Yuen’s back-catalog of nuanced synth-wind/reed instrument-laden work. No! I was searching for the ultimate in martial arts foolhardiness and exciting cornball bravado.

I think the film had a Asian production staff, not to mention the choreography was done by Tony Leung Siu Hung, whom did several other movies in kickboxing’s hey-day, including the boldly cheesy but impressive, No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers. That one also starred Loren Avedon (from King of the Kickboxers) and had supreme, in-house, synth music — since it seemed to be produced by the same film firm.

Why the rights to the lousy Double Dragon movie weren’t handed over to this production crew and staff is completely beyond me. This stuff is basically Double Dragon live-action, only more rad (and it’s also unnecessarily violent).

Anyway, enjoy the ending titles. Somehow, really soft, explicitly melancholy ending themes on studio keyboards set against obnoxiously violent stories with minimal character development always really tickle my heart-strings. I’m no stranger to good taste, it’s true!


~ by chaosrexmachinae on October 10, 2009.

One Response to “Great Moments in Synth: Richard Yuen’s “King of the Kickboxers””

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