Film Of The Week: BATTLE B-BOY (2012)
“Da-Fi all odds!”
Da-Fi (pronounced “defy”)[noun]
1. Short for Dance Fighting
2. Hand-to-hand combat using dance moves
When MIKE discovers his father needs money for heart surgery, he and his B-Boy friends solicit the help of JIMMY, a professional gambler, and enter the world of “Da-Fi,” an underground fight-club where B-Boys and B-Girls physically battle for money and reputation.
Rules are simple: fight to the beat of the music and the last team standing at the end of three song changes wins. If you can’t take the heat, you better tap-out before you get knocked-out!
As the fights get more dangerous, Mike must learn to work with his team and hold everyone together, or he will lose his father forever.
I initially learned about Battle B-Boy earlier this year upon the film's entry at the Vietnamese International Film Festival back in April. The film has since garnered some pretty outstanding reviews, leaving me curious about the film ever since. The trailer was very energetic, vibrant, colorful and youthful in its delivery of just the kind of film any action fan could and should look forward to.
The violence is very mild with a few bruises and bloody noses, but nothing cringeworthy. And each of the battles share something memorable, especially from child b-boy Bailey Munoz who cameos at the start of the film, and Ricky Cole who brilliantly pays his homage to the now-late great actor and martial artist Jim Kelly in his own outstanding way during his scenes.
Battle B-Boy is a fantastic, explosive, heartwarming, colorful, classy and vibrant film, all as it comes together to revitalize a classic movie genre...with a B-twist! I highly recommend renting or purchasing this movie as it is, deservedly, one of the most memorable films in recent martial arts cinema history, and with all hopes of a sequel bearing around how this film does, I sincerely hope it happens. So support it! Check it out now at Google Play, Redbox and Netflix, or wherever movies are sold.
|From L to R: Ritchie Greenfield, Alison Dahlstrom, Jonathan Phan, Megan Nguyen, Ingel Catindig, Ricky Jay and John Kreng|