Dragonwolf (2013) – By Duane L. Martin

The city is referred to as The Devil’s Cauldron because of all the crime and corruption that goes on there. When Mozart (Kazu Patrick Tang) was a child, he had a weak heart and was close to death. His mother, desperate to save his life went to the local shaman and made a deal with him. He would save her son in exchange for her soul. Well, he did save her son, and sadly, she died afterward, leaving him an orphan.

One day, Mozart is out walking around, he finds some kids picking on this white kid named Julius. When he steps in to help, he and Julius run the bullies off together, and from that point on they were best friends and brothers. Julius’ mom took Mozart in and treated him like another son, and as they grew up in The Devil’s Cauldron, the pair became rising stars in the criminal world. Their friendship fell apart however when Julius (Johan Kirsten) became interested in a girl named Mary. They supposedly fell in love, but Mary had her eyes on Mozart, and when Julius found out, that’s when everything came crashing down between them. Was it just the story of a fickle girl, or was there something deeper at play? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

You know, I had six films to review for this month’s issue, and of all of them, this one is by far the shining star. To be honest, I looked at IMDB before I watched it just to see what it was rated and what people were saying about it. When I saw that it had a 3.3 rating and that people were slamming it in the reviews, I was actually dreading having to sit through it. All I can say now, after sitting through all 122 minutes of it is this…

Those people on IMBD just don’t get it. This movie has cult film written all over it, and I haven’t had this much fun watching a movie in quite a long time.

There, I said it. Now, why don’t they get it? Because they’re trying to watch it as a serious film, and it’s not. It was never meant to be, and yet people just don’t seem to understand that fact. How do I know it wasn’t meant to be? Because it’s so over the top ridiculous, cheesy and hilarious that there’s no way it could have been. It had to be intentional, which is what makes it so awesome.

So what am I talking about? Well, let’s start with the unbelievably cheesy and over the top dialogue that’s dubbed by people who sound like they…well, to be honest, I don’t know what they sound like. It almost sounds like they dubbed it as a goof, just for the fun of it, and made it as cheesy as they possibly could. If you watch the mouths, everyone’s speaking English and saying what’s actually being said, but some of the voices are just ridiculous.

Then we’ve got Julius’ right hand man (Stephen Thomas). First off, that’s his actual character name in the credits, and second, this guy is a straight up tweaker and so over the top with the character that he’s just hilarious to watch.

The head of the criminal organization is named Brutus, there’s a girl named Umiko that Mozart saved from being sacrificed as a child that grew up and is now trying to kill him, and Julius’ mom is in the hospital dying of something or other. The way she talks is so unnatural that it only adds to the humor of the whole thing.

Then there’s the Trio. It’s two normal looking Asian gangster types along with a black guy who’s like a caricature straight out of the 80s, and my god he’s funny. The three of them take turns trying to kill Mozart, but they want to do it one at a time, so first they play rock paper scissors, and then after the first guy gets beat up, they flip a coin to see who goes next. The whole thing is completely comical, but that’s not to say that everything in this movie is cheesy, because the fight scenes aren’t. They’re actually extremely well done and choreographed, and while they’re unrealistic to a degree, there’s also a sense of realism to them that makes them exciting to watch. Now when I say unrealistic, I’m talking about Mozart getting sliced about ten or twelve times, complete with CGI blood spray, and he just keeps on going like the Energizer bunny.

So you take cheesy characters, even cheesier dialogue, throw in some awesome action and a story that for the most part actually makes sense, and you have all the makings of a really great cult film. As far as I’m concerned, this is the must see film of the year just for its pure entertainment value. Don’t go into it looking for a serious film. Take it for what it is, and you’re going to have one hell of a good time.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Well Go USA website right here: http://www.wellgousa.com/dragonwolf