Blind Fury is an action film with an amusing gimmick, toplining Rutger Hauer, as an apparently invincible blind Vietnam vet who wields a samurai sword with consummate skill.

Blind Fury is an action film with an amusing gimmick, toplining Rutger Hauer, as an apparently invincible blind Vietnam vet who wields a samurai sword with consummate skill.

Nick Parker (Hauer) is actually based on Zatoichi, the heroic blind samurai who starred in a couple of dozen popular actions films for Japanese company Daiei in the 1960s and early 1970s.

First problem for writer Charles Robert Carner [adapting a screen play by Ryozo Kasahara] is to find a way to Americanize such a character. This is solved by having Parker blinded and lost in action in Vietnam and then trained by friendly Vietnamese to use his other senses to survive.

Twenty years later, Parker is back in Miami to look up an old army buddy, Frank Deveraux (Terry O’Quinn) who’s in trouble with the mob in Reno. Parker’s in time to prevent the Kidnapping of Billy (Brandon Call), Frank’s son, but not to stop the murder of Frank’s ex-wife, Lynn (Meg Foster, in for only one scene) by the vicious Slag, played by Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb.

The rest of the film is simply a series of fights and chases as Parker heads for Reno to reunite Billy with his father.

Blind Fury

Production

Tri-Star/Interscope. Director Phillip Noyce; Producer Daniel Grodnik, Tim Matheson; Screenplay Charles Robert Carner; Camera Don Burgess; Editor David Simmons; Music J. Peter Robinson; Art Director Peter Murton

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Rutger Hauer Brandon Call Terry O'Quinn Lisa Blount Meg Foster Sho Kosugi
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