Kiltro Is More Chilian Low Budget Fun
After seeing Mirageman earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to place the next movie from the creators of that movie before my eyeballs.
While as a whole I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as Mirageman, that ended
Kiltro has a very cheesy kung-fu movie vibe to it. Something you would have seen in the late 80s/early 90s. While yes, that is probably due to the small budget, but it is also on purpose. Only difference is that the star, Marko’s ass kicking looks a lot better and it has an amazing score, instead of a bunch of bad faked punches and some guy on a Yamaha. The movie isn’t as action packed as I hoped and got a little dull in the middle, as a whole however if you enjoy different things in kung fu check this out.
The basic story is that Zamir (Marko) is in love with Kim, but she doesn’t want him. He once protected her from getting raped and in return she gave him a kiss. He took this kiss very deeply and beats the crap out of anyone who even tries to look at Kim, even if she wants it. So turns out her Dad (Teran) was part of some love triangle gone wrong and Max Kalba has come seeking vengeance on Kim and her dad. Lo and behold Zamir is the son of Soto who is a kung fu master and we get the training montage of Zamir learning to be a better fighter rather then just a street brawler. This is where the movie looses a little steam with to many long shots of people staring. But that quickly ends as we get the showdown between Zamir and Kalba.
The movie is too goofy to take serious, but they realize it. The amazing thing is that they do the best with what they got. This is almost a showcase of Marko Zaror’s abilities much in the same vein as Ong Back was for Tony Jaa. While Marko isn’t all about no wire work, there is only minimal wire work done here. Also unlike Ong Bak the movie has some sort of plot that is not completely stupid and shows off director’s Espinoza’s ability.
This is a movie that shows a lot of promise that is delivered twice fold in Mirageman, and I can’t wait for their next film Mandrill. Another thing I got out of this movie is why I feel so cold toward all of Quentin Tarantino’s
movies outside of Pulp Fiction. While yes some stuff in his movies are technically awesome, everything has left me flat and I’ve figured out why. He is TOO concerned with trying to imitate, reproduce or expand on some unknown movie from the 70’s, rather then creating his own style. Which yes in turn has created his own style, but again it’s all style and no substance.
Where as a movie like Kiltro, which will never be seen as some great film you can see their love for old Kung Fu movies. Instead of just copying old films they’ve created their own mystique and style, which ultimately is more rewarding then just a bunch of vanity shots showing off your movie trivia knowledge.
Oh yeah, the movie has a wise old midget to boot!