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Lee Golden

Native New Yorker. Lover of all things pizza, chocolate, pets, and good friends. Karaoke hero. Left of center. Survivor. Fond supporter of cult, obscure and independent cinema - especially fond of Asian movies and global action cinema. Author of the bi-weekly Hit List. Founder and editor of Film Combat Syndicate. Still, very much, only human.

5 Comments

  1. Danny DeMent
    September 11, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Well to be honest, I think Boyka's character has one more film left in him. Whether they title it as Undisputed 4 makes no real difference to me honestly; though I have to say they finally have a marketable protagonist. Undisputed II had that unique flaw of having a "villain" who was actually more likable and dynamic than the protagonist, something I kinda have to blame on both writing and Michael Jai White himself, to be frank.

    I've long been an advocate of Scott's other films however, and whenever I see his "fans" trash the work he puts into his movies JUST because it's not the character of Boyka on-screen, it kinda pisses me off. Ninja was great, Scott did a pretty good job in Universal Soldier, even when he got a role in a movie as big as Expendables 2 they whined because it wasn't Undisputed 4. Hell, back when a friend and I started the "Adkins for Batman" thing we'd see people say they don't want him for that part because "he's better than that! He's BOYKA!" and it would just GRATE on me. I love Boyka as much as the next guy, but to refuse to support the man's chance to have a big break into leads in blockbuster films, something that they should be supporting if ONLY because it'll bring that much more attention TO Boyka and Undisputed and possibly help get a fourth made just to capitalize off his massive new popularity.

    Well at any rate, here's hoping Ninja 2 does well and I really do with Scott all the best with his career. He's nothing short of amazing and inspirational to me, and I'd love to see him go toe-to-toe with the other great warriors out there.

  2. Rick Mitchell
    September 11, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    I like most am a huge Boyka fan. Undisputed 2 was an iconic film for me. First off it introduced me to the capabilities of scott adkins in movie fighting and secondly It opened my mind to start enjoying films that may not have been intended for large theatre premiers. Since watching these I have caught up on most of Adkins films and I find his versatility as an actor and martial artist to be quite enjoyable. With this being said, I am not sure how an undisputed "4" would work and if it would be successful. I agree that the Boyka character has come full circle. He was a strong antagonist in Undisputed 2 and then an underdog who triumphs in "3". Where would he go from here that we haven't already seen? My only guess would be a quest for vengeance for some past injustice or something. But that seems a little cliché. I am however looking forward to Adkins reprising his roll as Casey in Ninja2 and I will be purchassing it.
    I was a fan of Adkins possibility of taking over the roll as Batman. I think in the suit he would have made an amazing Batman. As a huge Batman fan I have personally not been impressed by any of the actors who have taken up the roll. Their fights were too linear and unimpressive however I don't know if I could see Scott adkins as Bruce Wayne. But it could have always gone the route of xmen origins where Ryan Reynolds played a version of dead pool and Scott played the other. It may work.
    In any case as a fan of Scott I would like to see him in more roles and not that I wouldn't watch Boyka again, I am certainly not looking as forward to it as the possibility of other things. Also Scott if you read this, as a martial artist as well it would be awesome to be able to work with you someday.

  3. Gustavo
    November 11, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I always wanted this: Donnie Yen vs Scott Adkins. I think the two best fighters and they should go as equals. If Donnie Yen launch Special ID 2, hope he gets Scott Adkins to be the film's villain. or PDEM do Boyka 4 and call Donnie to do together, or Special ID 2, the Boyka be the villain and the cop Donnie. Type Boyka already infiltrating the thieves and go as equals against Donnie because Donnie against Mike Tyson, could be good, because Mike is a good boxer as hell, but Scott would be better, both using Taekwondo, Kickboxing, MMA. I hope someday to meet Donnie and Scott make a film with him as equals.

  4. Marlon Arroyo
    February 12, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    I LIKE NINJA. PLEASE MAKE NINJA 3 AND 4. WITH TONY JAA AND VAN DAMME

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    March 19, 2019 @ 3:23 am

    […] I opined on some thoughts back in Fall of 2013 over whether or not we deserved more Undisputed films shepherded by action star Scott Adkins at a time when fans were pining for a fourth stint at Boyka fanfare. My diatribe included a nod to the prospects of seeing the British cult film star join forces with the likes of Asian action film favorite, Donnie Yen, and in the time since then, they’ve teased a little here and there… […]

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