Double Dragon Movie Adaptation 🐉 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

Double Dragon Film

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, the beat-’em-up genre was the coolest thing in gaming. While most of you have heard of Street Fighter and Tekken, Double Dragon was the game series that started it all.

Even though it wasn’t the first beat-’em-up, Double Dragon was the first one to be successful. It led to the advent of the genre, making it mainstream.

So, it was only normal for the creators to try and get Double Dragon on the big screen. How did that work out? Well, let’s analyze the Double Dragon movie.


Everything About Double Dragon (1994) Movie

Double Dragon (1994) Movie poster
Source: Imperial Entertainment Group and Gramercy Pictures


Production, Release Date, and Reception

Double Dragon was released back in 1994. The film is based on the game series and was directed by James Yukich. The movie is set in a futuristic Los Angeles in 2007. The city has been destroyed by an earthquake.

Double Dragon was Yukich’s movie debut. As Yukich stated, the movie was aimed at children. So, it wasn’t supposed to be as action-packed as the games, and it was to feature a funnier tone.

Double Dragon (1994) Movie Trailer


One of the best scenes of the movie was a boat chase, which took place in Northeast Ohio. The scene ends with a huge explosion. According to the production team, this explosion used “200 gallons of alcohol and 700 gallons of gasoline”. 

The explosion caused some controversy in the area, with many citizens calling emergency services, despite being notified about the movie’s stunt via news channels. Over ten minutes, a total of 210 phone calls were made.

Still, Double Dragon didn’t live up to its expectations. The movie received negative reviews and was a financial failure.

Critics from the Washington Post and Nostalgia Critic gave a negative review of the film. Many fans of the Double Dragon video game series have stated that the movie Double Impact is a much better adaptation than Double Dragon.


Cast & Characters

  • Scott Wolf as (Billy Lee)
  • Mark Dacascos as (Jimmy Lee)
  • Alyssa Milano as (Marian Delario)
  • Robert Patrick as (Koga Shuko/Victor Guisman)
  • Julia Nickson as (Satori Imada, the caretaker of Billy and Jimmy)
  • Kristina Wagner as (Linda Lash)
  • Nils Allen Stewart as (Bo Abobo)
  • Henry Kingi (mutated Bo Abobo)
  • Jeff Imada as (Huey)
  • Al Leong as (Lewis)
  • Dwid Hellion as (Skateboard Hoodlum)
  • George Hamilton appears as (himself)
  • Vanna White appears as (herself)
  • Andy Dick appeared as (himself)


A few years after a devastating earthquake that destroyed Los Angeles, Billy Lee and Jimmy Lee are martial artists, who were raised and trained by Satori. Satori has one half of a Chinese talisman in his possession.

When the evil millionaire Koga Shuko finds the other half of the amulet, he’s determined to find the two brothers and get their half. With it, he’ll be able to get all the power that the talisman has. The two brothers are the only ones that can stop him.


Review and Opinions

While everyone knew that the movie was going to be for kids, as it was stated by the director, nobody expected the movie to be that bad. The Street Fighter movie, a direct competitor to this one, was a much better one. While they both appealed to a younger audience, the Street Fighter movie had some scenes which didn’t feel as cheesy.

Speaking of that, Koga Shuko has to be the cheesiest villain in any movie out there. He never even put up a fight against the two brothers.

And while many still believe that these are all normal for a kid’s movie, that’s far from the truth. An uncharismatic protagonist duo, a cheesy main villain, and bad camera work make this movie one to avoid. The only exciting, yet unnecessary, scene of the film is the boat chase scene.

Mike Massie: “Since nothing about the film is taken seriously, there’s a bit of fun to be had with the exaggerated makeup effects, pervasive sarcasm, and kung fu combat”

David Hogan: “Well shot and set-dressed, but otherwise full of bad dialogue, poor acting, and so very little plot or even fighting scenes. To be avoided!”