I want to see this again


it has been over 10 yrs. since I've seen it on HBO or Cinemax,

I always loved the knife master Hermes,
I thought his character was quite awesome,

the knife training scene is outstanding,
I wish I would encounter this gem again.

DVD please :)

www.geocities.com/knifebat

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I have been looking for a way to buy or rent this movie also. I still remember being enthralled by the knife fighting scenes even though I saw the movie many years ago. I only just today did a search to see if I could find it, and found out the name of the movied, depending on where it was released.

Donald
Sacramento, CA

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The term is PerSev-perforate and sever. I don't know if this is a recognized knife fighting technique but the training scenes look authentic. The motivation for revenge is uniquely Latin, perhaps offensive to North Americans, that Mandrake's girlfriend has been raped and therefore Mandrake's honor is at stake. What a film! Of all the people Mandrake enlists for help all are playing him. The only character portrayed as honorable is one of his assailants, the giant Indian. THERE IS AN AVAILABLE DVD. The seller has it listed on ebay under the title A Grande Arte, not Exposure. The DVD comes from Asia and is probably copied from a VHS tape but it is very well done with professional looking artwork and chapters. I paid $20 US plus shipping and am more than satisfied. No idea how many he has.

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Those in the know: Alt.binaries.dvd.midnightmovies

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Thanks but I couldn't find it. A friend has this on VHS and I have always wanted it but on DVD.

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I think his motivation is peculiarly Latin, insofar as what disgusts him is the fact that the hooker was not only killed but had her face marked.. 'Why did you mark her face?' he demands, before telling the villain that he's 'filth'.

What makes this Latin? I think it's a cultural thing.. There was a study showing that in Greece, knife fighting is done not to kill but to mark the face, humiliating the opponent. It was typically initiated with insults made towards members of someone's family, e.g. calling someone's relations prostitutes 'magdalenes'. The origins of this are clearly Roman Catholic, as Magdalene, used as a sarcastic term of abuse and insult towards women, originally referred to the Virgin Mother. So, by sarcastically calling someone by that name, it's an insult meaning they're really a slut.. So it's to do with marking the face, showing the rest of the villagers that someone has been adequately warned off after having insulted your family. It's used because it means you could have cut the neck instead, and killed him if you wanted to. However in Greece such knife fights rarely were to the death or serious injury. They were just to cut the face.

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The culture of Rio is Latin. The knife fighting ethos he adopts is not American, but Latin. Hermes suggests he buys a gun, but the American refuses and wants to do it with a knife. That is cultural and aesthetic. He wants to play the Latin game - not just kill off the culprits but do it in a specific way. American white anglo saxon protestant culture doesn't have a knife-duelling culture. Latin culture once did (and the idea of the film is to say, perhaps it still does).

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Yes, I agree Latin cultures are properly identified by language and religion, not skin colour. You're right insofar as the knife combat aspect as part of a macho culture might be seen to extend into prehistory.. The movie 'The Hunted' deals with this through a guy who seems to be completely at one with nature, and carries a neolithic 'knapped' stone knife, while his opponent (and student) is more of an iron age prototype. The iron age man, with his armies, his warrior codes and his iron weapons, is portrayed in that movie as inferior to the stone age man, because he is simply less at one with nature and too specialised. Some interesting ideas in that movie..

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Netflix FTW

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MOx1ibjYwg


(;,;)

I dont need to fight,
to prove Im right,
I dont need to be forgiven.

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