is a 1994 film loosely based
on the Double Dragon
video game series. And by "loosely based", we mean it has nothing in common with the original video games other than the names of a few characters and the title
Set in the then-futuristic
year of 2007, a huge natural disaster known as the "Big One" has left most of California flooded. In the city of New Angeles
, a powerful crime lord named Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick) owns one half of a mythical medallion known as the "Double Dragon". When Koga learns that two young brothers named Billy and Jimmy Lee (Scott Wolf and Mark Dacascos) have uncovered the other half, he orders the entire gang population of New Angeles to go after the Lee boys.
When their adopted mother Satori (Julia Nickson) is killed during an explosion, the Lees must team with a Guardian Angel-style group of vigilantes known as the Power Corps, led by the police chief's daughter Marian Delario (Alyssa Milano), in order to avenge the woman that raised them and save the city.
Aside from deviating from the original game's basic plot of two brothers beating up gang members in order to rescue a common love interest, the film also downplays the Lee brothers' martial art skills from the game by having their movie alter-egos spend most of their screen time screaming like girls and running away from the bad guys, Completely Missing the Point
of the original games, which was about beating people up.
For those looking for a more faithful adaptation
of the games, just watch the Jean Claude Van-Damme movie Double Impact
and pretend that Alex and Chad are really just Billy and Jimmy.