Black Belt Jones
- 1 hr 27 min
Black Belt Jones (1974) stars karate world champion Jim Kelly and is directed by Robert Clouse. The film is a modern day kung fu action film with humorous overtones. An organized crime syndicate learns that a new civic center will be built in a part of the city. In order to make a huge profit on a real estate deal, the mob tries to extort the local businesses into selling. One business is a karate school run by Pop Byrd who borrowed money from a local drug dealer to open the school. The mob tries to muscle the drug dealer, Pinky, who promises he can give them money he owes to them or acquire the karate school on their behalf. Pinky goes to the karate school and has a scuffle with Pop Byrd. In the melee, Pop Byrd dies but not before revealing it is really owned by a girl named Sydney. It turns out Sydney is the daughter of Pop Byrd and now she has a host of thugs looking to extort the karate school from here. The school did have one very famous student and his name is Black Belt Jones. Black Belt Jones is a government agent and martial arts master. He takes to protecting Sydney from the thugs and also to get revenge against the drug dealers and the mobsters that have caused the death of his friend and instructor. The film have many fight scenes including a precredit battle between Black Belt Jones where his government bosses watch him dispatch a group or thugs and a battle aboard a subway train where he deals with a number of the mob's henchmen. In addition to the action, the film has a lot of humor in it. So, it can rightfully be called an action-comedy and not a straight forward martial arts film as it is commonly called.