Blind Fury (1990) It's probably no great mystery why Rutger Hauer seems intent on transforming himself from a gifted, world-class movie star into a grade-Z action hero: He's… R Action/Adventure Rutger Hauer Phillip Noyce Terrance O'Quinn
Movie Review

Blind Fury (1990)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
D

Details Rated: R; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Rutger Hauer, Phillip Noyce and Terrance O'Quinn

It's probably no great mystery why Rutger Hauer seems intent on transforming himself from a gifted, world-class movie star into a grade-Z action hero: He's going to make a lot more money that way. (By the same reasoning, Paul Prudhomme would do well to open a fast-food chain-McGumbo's.) Blind Fury is an Americanized version of the Japanese action series about a blind swordsman named Zatoichi. The hero of the series can't see, but he's so mystically centered he wields a samurai blade with lethal precision. The Zatoichi films are amusing comic-strip spectaculars — the blood spurts like something out of a Hawaiian Punch commercial. The action in Blind Fury, on the other hand, is resolutely earthbound and heavy-duty. The fact that Hauer kicks, slashes, and punches without the benefit of sight just makes you acutely aware of how ludicrous this stuff always is.

Originally posted Apr 13, 1990 Published in issue #9 Apr 13, 1990 Order article reprints