Richard Norton (born January 6, 1950, in Australia) is a martial artist, action film star, and stuntman. Norton worked as a bodyguard in the entertainment business before pursuing an acting career. His first screen appearance was in the 1980 Chuck Norris film The Octagon, and to date he has worked on over 70 feature films and television programs.
He is particularly known for his appearances in Hong Kong action films, being one of few Western stars that can handle the fast pace of HK-style action. Norton's Hong Kong credits include The Magic Crystal, Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, City Hunter,(a live action remake of the comic book), Millionaire's Express, and Mr. Nice Guy. A signature catchphrase of Norton's characters is "Painful?", usually asked after striking a decisive blow. The most comical example is in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars, where he faces Sammo Hung.
Over his career, Norton has faced off with many top Martial arts action stars, including Jackie Chan (in three films),...
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Mr Nice Guy (一個好人, Yat gor ho yan) is a 1997 film directed by Sammo Hung and starring Jackie Chan. It also stars Richard Norton as the villain, with whom Chan and Hung had worked on Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars. Hung makes a cameo as an unfortunate cyclist.
Mr. Nice Guy was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. It was released internationally in 1998. In some releases it was given alternative titles such as Mister Cool (France), No More Mr. Nice Guy (USA) and Super Chef (Spain).
Television journalist Diana (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) manages to record footage of an illegal drug trade gone wrong. TV chef Jackie (Jackie Chan) helps her escape from the gangsters. Diana later accidentally switches the videotape of the drug trade with one of Jackie's cooking videos from a box of tapes. Jackie unwittingly takes the box to the house of a friend Richard (Peter Houghton), a police detective who is also the son of his tv co-star and Richard's kids take hold of the tape.
The gangsters search for Jackie...,
China O'Brien was the first in a series of low-budget atypical 1980s martial arts films ("China O'Brien 2," etc...) starring actress and martial artist Cynthia Rothrock.In the first film, China is a city police officer who goes back to her home town, where her father, the town sheriff, is trying to put a stop to local organized crime. Her father is killed by a car bomb; their maid goes to call another sheriff to tell him about the murder; he runs outside to his car and is killed by a car bomb also. The punches in the fights sound like slaps recorded in an empty echoey room; nearly every jump or swing snaps the air like a whip.The plot hinges on China's election to her father's position as sheriff; about two-thirds of the way through, the film's antagonist, a corrupt businessman, arranges to have a ballot box stolen. The attempt fails and is followed by a martial arts fight in a high school gym; the antagonist retaliates for the thwarted attempt by arriving at China's celebration party...,
Equalizer 2000, also known as Defender 2000, is a 1986 action movie, filmed in the Philippines, featuring an early appearance by Terminator 2: Judgment Day star Robert Patrick. The film is best described as one of the many Mad Max ripoffs which were prevalent in the mid-1980s.In post-nuclear Alaska, a fascist group ("The Ownership") battles rebels in hopes of possessing a massive weapon -- the "Equalizer 2000" of the title....,
Gymkata is a 1985 film starring Kurt Thomas as Jonathan Cabot, an Olympic gymnast who combines his gymnastic ability with karate to enter a deadly competition in a fictional Middle Eastern country. It is based on the novel The Terrible Game (1957) by Dan Tyler Moore. The film has developed a minor cult following as an unintentional comedy for its dubious premise, poor production quality and low budget. Maxim lists the film as the 17th "Worst Movie of All Time". After winning an Internet poll conducted by Warner Bros. and Amazon.com during the month of June 2006, the film was released to DVD on January 30 2007....
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