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.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Double Dragon Medallion.
- Big Bad: Koga Shuko, also known as "Geistman" by Satori, the brothers' guardian.
- Curse Cut Short / Oh Crap
Billy and Jimmy: Oh, sh-
Koga Shuko: You said it.
- Demonic Possession: The second half of the Dragon Medallion, which gives the user power over the soul, and which is used to evil effect by Koga Shuko, as well as to hilarious effect when Jimmy possesses Shuko at the end.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: In addition to the dragons in promotional imagery from the game, the film added various dragon-themed props.
- Elite Mooks: The Ninja Wraiths that the brothers have to fight when Shuko unites both halves of the medallion.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Shuko, after possessing Jimmy, as Billy fights just before the final battle.
- In Name Only
- MacGuffin: The Double Dragon Medallion. One half, belonging to Billy, grants power over the body, while the other half, used by both Shuko and Jimmy, grants power over the soul.
- Recursive Canon: A Double Dragon arcade cabinet appears in the background. A Shuko-possessed Jimmy breaks it while fighting Billy.
- Wonder Twin Powers: The only way the Dragon medallion could be used in the movie without corrupting the user with its power, with Billy using one half of the medallion and Jimmy using the other.
- Xenafication: Marian, the Power Corps leader, is supposed to be the same character who gets gut-punched and carried off by the bad guys in the original game.
- Zeerust: The film takes place in a future after a huge natural disaster has left most of Los Angeles (now dubbed New Angeles) flooded... in the year 2007.