Actor and martial artist Phillip Rhee is finally returning to the screen this summer for the release of his long-awaited martial arts family drama, Underdog Kids. It will be seventeen years since Rhee‘s previous movie career left off with the popular Best Of The Best franchise in the 1990’s, and for many fans it will be a celebration to see him back in his cinematic element with a young and vibrant cast amomg several of whom are talented martial artists, a crew accompanied by brother, Master Simon Rhee, and James Lew and Marc Canonizado designing the action, and a handful of legendary faces to appear as well, no less.
An inspiring, action-packed comedy for the whole family, Underdog Kids, written and directed by and starring Phillip Rhee, creator of the popular Best of the Best film franchise, arrives July 7 on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and on Digital HD June 26 and On Demand July 7 from Starz Digital. The fun and uplifting film also stars Adam Irigoyen (Disney’s “Shake It Up!” and “Wizards of Waverly Place”), Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6, Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas”), Cade Sutton (Disney’s “Kirby Buckets”), Mirelly Taylor (“Lost”), Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul”), Tom Arnold (Shelby, “Sons of Anarchy”) and Beau Bridges (“The Millers,” “White Collar,” The Descendants).
When the struggling Mid-City Community Center’s karate team loses their instructor a week before the big tournament, former MMA champ Jimmy “The Lightning Bolt” (Rhee) returns to his old neighborhood and reluctantly agrees to train the misfit bunch. Despite the struggles they face, the washed-up fighter and group of urban underdogs bravely take on the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team in the ultimate karate showdown at Nationals, and learn confidence, courage and honor along the way.