"fast martial arts action, weaponry and seductively dressed women"
- Les Reynolds


"a fun and very entertaining martial arts movie, full of exciting action, memorable characters, and even a bit of comedy"
- A.J. Vestal

julian lee as dragon

barbara gehring as the hawk

"kick-ass stunt fighting"
- Bryce Edmonds


"fun, you-have-to-see-it-at-least-twice, fast moving film"
- Marshall Barry


"when they get down and dirty, the kung fu is outstanding."
- Joe Bob Briggs

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Dragon and the Hawk
A.J. Vestal
A.J.'s Independent Film Spotlight

Dragon and the Hawk is an action/thriller starring Julian Lee as Dragon Pak, martial arts master with a mission. His sister Cindi had started a new life in America, and is now missing. He has travelled from Hong Kong to America, in the hopes of finding her and solving the mystery of her disappearance.

Out to stop Dragon is the ruthless Edgar Dante, played by Donald Richardson. During a brutal run-in with Dante and his gang of thugs, Dragon finds help from police Lieutenant Dana 'Hawk' Hawkins, played by Barbara Gehring. Hawk is investigating the disappearance and murders of other young women, including her own sister. Could there be a connection? I'd be willing to bet there is!

Dragon and the Hawk join forces, and soon run up against the enigmatically evil Therion, played by Trygve Lode. Working for a mysterious criminal organization bent on world domination, he and his thugs are kidnapping young women to subject them to mind-altering chemicals. Therion conducts his nefarious work with cool, calculated efficiency, and is one of the creepiest, most original villians I've seen in quite a while!

What follows is a journey into Therion's dangerous realm, as Dragon and the Hawk risk everything to unravel his wicked scheme and find Dragon Pak's missing sister. Dante's Inferno Club fronts this insidious underworld, a dark domain of hidden laboratories and dungeons full of captured young women. Yes, Dragon and the Hawk truly has something for everyone!

Also, unlike most action films not starring Jackie Chan, the stars of Dragon and the Hawk actually perform their own martial arts moves. I must say that Julian Lee and Barbara Gehring both excel at kicking ass! Highlights of the movie include many excellent fight sequences, each choreographed and executed with greater originality than most anything Hollywood has to offer.

Dragon and the Hawk is a fun and very entertaining martial arts movie, full of exciting action, memorable characters, and even a bit of comedy. Will Therion's evil plans be thwarted? Will Dragon Pak find his sister? See Dragon and the Hawk and find out for yourself!



Dragon and the Hawk Review
Bryce Edmonds
Go-Go Magazine
April 20-May 3, 2000

What you should look for is a bunch of stunt people doing some kick-ass stunt fighting. It is not often that you get to see a woman in a full-on blow-for-blow brawl--not with some other woman in a Hollywood catfight. We're talking mano a womano. In one scene, an evil Therion henchwoman [Michelle Grove] is standing in front of a guy and somehow manages to kick him in the back of the head. The implications are painful indeed. Don't miss it, it's definitely one for the highlight reel.

The movie itself follows Dragon as he comes to America to try to find his missing sister. ... He teams up with Hawk, a police detective who is trying to live with the legacy of her sister's apparent drug overdose. She, of course, knows such a thing could never have happened. If you think somehow the two are related, you get a gold star. Together the two penetrate into a crime syndicate much too powerful to be taken down --or is it? (If you figure that one out, you can write the sequel.) The evil Therion and his band of hench people do everything they can to stop the two from discovering the twisted truth.


Dragon and the Hawk

-- review by Marshall Barry





There are not many martial arts films that I will deliberately go to see; the late Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and now Julian Lee, the Korean Tae Kwan Do master who stars in the Inferno Film production of "Dragon and the Hawk."

Now don't get me wrong, I love the genre; still, I remember it mostly from the nights my eldest daughter and I sat up and watched the many, many, faceless badmen against the equally ubiquitous good guys on badly dubbed late night TV. In "Dragon and the Hawk" there are no magical flying scenes, no badly dubbed (and translated) sequences, no people on their knees begging for mercy from the evil emperors.

So, you say, what IS there?

"Dragon and the Hawk" is a fun, you-have-to-see-it-at-least-twice, fast moving film with characters you care about. The three main characters are classic, stereotypical, and in some ways predictable, but not plastic or flat. Without relying on special effects, hundreds of stunt people, and the infamous cast of thousands, they actually punch, kick, slam, and jump this independent production into something that kept me, and my children, hanging on to the arms of our seats and hoping that the end was still a long way away.

If you're looking for lots of blood and gore, forget it. If you're looking for characters you can care about, lots of action, a real plot - both in the movie sense of the word as well as for world domination, and the classic evil versus good battle - you've got it here.

Oh, there's also the much-needed comic relief and running gags, all with the kind of timing you'd expect from a major multi-million dollar studio production, delivered perfectly without neon signs saying "that's a joke, son."

Right from the beginning you're ready for what's to come. Pretty girls, hard, tough bad guys, drugs, and the ever-underplayed villian Therion (Trygve Lode), run (and, in Therion's case, ooze) right out of the screen at you.

Dragon (Julian Lee), a Korean martial arts master from Hong Kong, arrives looking for his recently missing sister, who we all know has to be in Therion's clutches. A quick sample of his fighting prowess and all too soon it's off to introduce the Hawk (Barbara Gehring), a cop with a heart and soul - not to mention a career cop's daughter - and to show that she's no slouch in that department either.

The ride doesn't stop; it keeps right on running into the final credits. Did I mention that I went back to see it again? I might even go for a third time before the end of its initial run on March 19th at the Paramount. I also plan on getting a copy when it comes to video.

By the way, although my kids didn't have any trouble with the "violence" in the movie, it might be a bit intense for most under the age of ten or so. Still, the young ones can recognize the good and the bad, and that they're not quite real. As my seven year old said, "Therion is a really bad man, but I like Dragon and Hawk - they're good and they'll win."

It's not a block-buster, it will never be nominated for an Academy Award, but if you're looking for good, solid, fun entertainment, and especially if you're a martial arts fan, "Dragon and the Hawk" is what you NEED to see.

mbarry@IBECC.Org
http://www.xpert.net/mbarry
http://www.ibecc.org


trygve lode as therion

Reviews on IMDb.com

"Not just for martial arts enthusiasts!"

I'm not normally a very big fan of martial arts films - I need more than lots of good fight scenes to really enjoy a movie. This one has more. Most of the (admittedly very few) martial arts movies I've seen have fairly week plots that serve only to carry the action, and little in the way of a true story, character development, humor (Jackie Chan movies being a notable exception), etc.

Dragon and the Hawk is a pleasant exception. It has a tight plot that delivers a good story without any notable plot holes, very good dialogue and reasonable character development, a bit of humor sprinkled in, believable characters that are well-acted, and a high-energy soundtrack to go with the high-energy action. The evil scientist Therion (Trygve Lode) is downright creepy...

All in all, I think Dragon and the Hawk is an excellent film, even for people like me that aren't all that into martial arts films. And for those of you who are, you won't be disappointed - if it's fight scenes you want, Dragon and the Hawk really delivers!

- Kevin Murcray
Littleton, Colorado, USA


dragon and the hawk cd cover soundtrack album available through
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and other fine music stores


Reviews of the Dragon and the Hawk soundtrack album:

  • Movie-Zone review

    The soundtrack cd - all 24 tracks and 46 minutes - is as impressive as a game soundtrack. Far more active, dark and mystifying than Myst and that genre, yet not so techno that you expect every moment to be involved in militant rhythm and headache-pounding drum 'n' bass work. This score does what all successful film scores attempt - underlines the movement and adds an extra, if sound, effect to what's going down.

    Plus the synth work is tops. No cheese. No trying to get a violin sound from a white key. Also, it reads like a mystery. Just when you think things are going on too long, boring or the genre is strung out, Bang goes the next rhythm. From ballad to ballistic, or head-pounding to emotional, it's a fine variation on the current formula of Hollywood's action movie underscore. It's about time.

    - Ben Ohmart
  • Indie-Music.Com review
    "Dragon & the Hawk is an independent action/adventure film (shot in the Denver, Colorado area) with a dark side and a soundtrack (scored by Guy Bianchini) to match. The short music video shows a rather darkly-filmed action thriller with fast martial arts action, weaponry and seductively dressed women.... [The CD] is full of spooky, eerie "goth/industrial" sounds, mixed with technical/electronic styles. Classical music influence can be heard with synthesized stringed instruments in the mix. Mark Derryberry and Randy Hansen did a superb engineering job and the tracks seem to fit perfectly with the overall atmosphere....So, if gothic/industrial/techno music is your thing, then this will enthrall you, no doubt. And the film might just do the same. They are an excellent fit."
    - Les Reynolds


  • Film Music on the Web review
    "The rhythms of 'Search' grip, and 'Lair of Evil' is eerily sinister and mysterious; quite flesh-creeping. 'Saying goodbye' has some much-needed warmth and romantic yearning and sorrow. 'Dungeons' starts dank and dark, one senses evil and danger lurking in the shadows but there is also an element of hope and freedom."
    3 stars - Zara

  • Go-Go Magazine review
    "Dragon and the Hawk's music cues evoke a genuinely creepy atmosphere befitting this local movies's tale....Composer Guy Bianchini does a marvelous job....Overall this is an impressive effort and well worth buying...."
    - Chris Magyar


  • Reviews on Amazon.com
    "An original and intriguing soundtrack with a more varied selection of themes and styles than one might expect. This one is definitely worth checking out. Plus, with such track titles as "Had Enough?", "Lair of Evil", "No Escape" and "Now You Have to Die", you _know_ this album has got to be the perfect gift for somebody."
    5 Stars
    - red_turks from Madison, IN, USA


    "One of the most creative & entertaining soundtracks I've ever listened to. The musical approach and thematic elements quickly evoke strong emotions and dramatic imagery. Sorry, but the samples on Amazon's order page are great, but they just can't do the fidelity and quality of the full CD justice. Definitely a "Hollywood" class soundtrack. It sounds like: "Jerry Goldsmith meets Ennio Morricone". BUY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!"
    5 Stars
    - A music fan from L.A.


  • Reviews from MP3.com:
    "Vocals that drip with sweat and lust coil with a danceable beat that's as sinuous as an anaconda! Trygve Lode has an excellent dominant masculine voice, and with lyrics like: "No one else could ever own you It's my chain that makes you free.", this song is delightful...[T]he production value is excellent and all parts are extremely well played. Superb sense of drama and mood. A "must listen"!"
    - Ankou Technica,
    Underworld Internet Radio Station on mp3.com

Dragon and the Hawk

Dragon and the Hawk