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Shotokan Man

FilmWorks // 2009 // 87 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 1st, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson's Shotokan is rusty. Still, you don't want to mess with him. I promise you that.

The Charge

One small town. Too many badasses!

The Case

Mmmm. Taste that disappointment.

Actually, to be fair, it's not like I was swimming in high expectations anyway. I had never heard of "Shotokan Man" (or Dixie Dynamite as it was known in 2009 when it first released). But a cursory examination of the disc and details got me hoping for a nifty gem, an unforeseen delight that I am consistently on the lookout for amidst the wreckage of Syfy original disaster movies and Bratz holiday specials. Shotokan Man had the potential to surprise; or at the least, not be a snore.

The story is simple: Our Shotokan Man meanders into a strange town, catches the eye of the buxom waitress, gets on the bad side of the local tough guy and lots of fights break out. Eventually our hero goes on a two-fisted rampage, dealing out painful vengeance and whatnot. Then the movie ends.

It was indeed boring.

It's probably not accurate, then, to say I was "disappointed," seeing I had very little in the way of anticipations, but for something that could have been cool to be such an exercise in tedium is nonetheless, at the very least, a bummer.

The ingredients are all there; some simple, but fun animation, a genre ripe for parody, saps like myself eager to watch whatever is put out there. But this is absolutely an example of the whole totaling far less than the sum of its parts.

The pace is just glacial. It feels as if the energy has been vacuumed out of the whole affair, leaving interminable sequences where characters stand around an exchange dialogue, none of which is particularly clever or humorous. When the fights do occur, there's nothing happening worth getting your dander up.

The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital and a photo gallery.

A film like this, featuring low-budget animation and the kernel of an interesting storyline needs some sort of juice, whether from the writing or the visuals, and Shotokan Man brings neither. Pass on this.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 60

Perp Profile

Studio: FilmWorks
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• None
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Action
• Animation
• Comedy

Distinguishing Marks

• Gallery


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