BRUCE LEE, JOHN SAXON, AND WASN'T THAT SHOW CALLED GREEN HORNET?
HEY...THE SHOW WAS TITLED THE GREEN HORNET!
by Dave Goode
Anyone who saw DRAGON(1993)the Bruce Lee bio-pic starring Jason Scott Lee might have walked away thinking that the title character
from THE GREEN HORNET television series from the mid-60s did little more than wait around to be saved by his sidekick Kato.But if
you actually watched the show you know that the Hornet played by actor Van Williams was a more than capable hero on his own.
Sure it was Bruce Lee as Kato,The Hornet's man-servant,who carried most of the show's fight scenes,but this was in keeping with the show's
central conceit.The Green Hornet was a crimefighter who masqueraded as a criminal mastermind to get the goods on real criminals.So it
only made sense that the Hornet had somebody around to take care of his "light work". The Green Hornet usually took out the bad guys with
two techno-weapons,the electronic "Hornet's sting" and a gas gun.But when push came to shove the Green Hornet could get down and dirty in
the trenches.Usually with a left hook or right cross.But sometimes he used judo techniques like the ippon seo nage,osoto gari and tomoe nage.
Hopefully the show will get a DVD release so that a new generation can see how cool The Green Hornet is.That Seth Rogen flick certainly was
not the way to go in that regard.
JOHN SAXON...JUDO MASTER
by Dave Goode
Before he teamed up with Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly as one third of "The Deadly 3" in ENTER THE DRAGON(1973),John Saxon showed
off his martial arts skills in the movie CRY TOUGH(1959). In one of his first roles after his stint as a teen idol,Saxon portrays a Puerto Rican
ex-con just released from the big house who trys to go straight.Circumstances and a seductress in the form of beautiful Linda Cristal however
draw him back into a life of crime.His rise in the underworld is helped by his knowledge of judo,which he learned in prison.There are only
two scenes in which he's seen using his judo techniques.Both times he uses his skills to defend himself from opponents using bladed weapons.
And quit frankly he looks more convincing doing judo in this film than he did doing karate,kung fu,tai chi or whatever that was he was supposed
to be doing 14 years later in what many people consider to be the ultimate martial arts movie.