Blind Fury (1989)

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  •  (3.5 out of 5 stars)

Blind Fury is well done considering how absurd the premise is. Rutger Hauer is basically Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman, but it's set in the action world of 80s America. Rutger plays a blinded Vietnam Vet who takes a kid cross country to Reno, Nevada to reunite with his missing dad. The dad is an old Vietnam buddy played by "The Stepfather" himself, Terry O'Quinn. Director Phillip Noyce has major hurdles to jump over to make a blind samurai swordsman fight off a gang of bad guys armed with machine guns. It's not ever believable, but it's often hilarious, and a wise, blind Rutger Hauer is a joy to watch. Kudos to Noyce for trying, but a blind blademaster works much better in 19th century Japan.

Blind Fury is a 1989 American action film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Rutger Hauer, Brandon Call, Terry O'Quinn, Lisa Blount, Randall "Tex" Cobb, and Noble Willingham. The screenplay by Charles Robert Carner is a loosely based, modernized remake of Zatoichi Challenged, the 17th film in the Japanese Zatoichi film series.

The film follows Nick Parker (Hauer), a blind, sword-wielding Vietnam War veteran, who returns to the United States and befriends the son of an old friend. Parker decides to help the boy find his father, who has been kidnapped by a major crime syndicate.

On their syndicated television program Siskel and Ebert and the Movies, film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave the film "Two thumbs up".

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