James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
BLIND FURY (18)
D: Phillip Noyce
Columbia Tristar (Daniel Grodnick & Tim Matheson)
USA 🇺🇸 1989
W: Charles Robert Karner [based on the screenplay 'Zatoichi Challenged' by Ryoto Kasahara]
DP: Don Burgess
Ed: David Simmons
Mus: J. Peter Robinson
Rutger Hauer (Nick Parker), Terry O'Quinn (Frank Deveraux), Brandon Call (Billy Deveraux), Noble Willingham (Macready), Lisa Blount (Annie Winchester), Nick Cassavetes (Lyle Pike), Rick Overton (Tector Pike), Randall 'Tex' Cobb (Slag)
An American update on the samurai film, with the film opening with blinded soldier, Nick Parker, lost in the Vietnam jungles and later cared for by some incredibly charitable villagers who teach him some mesmerising (and rather unlikely) swordplay techniques. The reason for them doing this is inconsequential but for the plot.
Upon returning home to the Florida Everglades, he visits his best friends house at the precise time a hoodlum offs the best buddy's wife, leaving Parker as the guardian of the man's rather annoying son while he goes out for revenge- samurai style.
The plot is absolutely ridiculous but it's still an entertaining action movie, with a very solid performance from Rutger Hauer as the blind swordsman. Remove brain before watching for optimum enjoyment.