by guest contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man
LatinoReview.com posted a fairly detailed script review of Rambo 4: Pearl of the Cobra. That’s right, baby. Stallone ain’t satisfied with returning to just one of his iconic roles (what’s next—Cobra?)… he’s doing a new Rambo movie too, and it brings the character back to Asia:
The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid deliver to the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After some of the missionaries are taken prisoner by sadistic Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: to assemble a team of mercenaries to rescue the surviving relief workers.
Rambo must face off against the movie’s main guy Pa Tee Tint, the evil, sadistic Burmese major. Ah yes, another villainous Asian military figure. I’d raise a bigger stink about the stereotype, but unfortunately, the character is probably a close approximation of some of the real-life figures from the region. Also in the movie, according to the casting call, is a guy named “En Joo,” one of the mercenaries on Rambo’s team. Neither his description, nor his fate in the story (spoilers!), is very encouraging:
En-joo: The fifth member of the quintet of mercenaries. En-joo is a barrel-chested former South Korean trooper, an expert in explosives who barely speaks during the mission to rescue the missionaries. Expert at assassination by garotte, En-Joo flees the compound after Lewis and Reese wrongly declare the missionaries to be dead, and winds up dying in battle when the three mercenaries are cornered and shot to pieces. Lead;
No word yet on who will play either character. Keep an eye on this one… How many faceless, machine-gun toting Asians will Rambo The One-Man Army kill in this movie? Can’t wait to find out. You know, it just occurred to me that I was way too young to be watching Rambo II when I saw it with my friend, back circa 1985. Edward, what were your parents thinking?