One of the US Air Force’s most modern tactical aircrafts, a F-100 with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta – a region where the Soviet forces are highly present. The CIA immediately sends out their best secret agent Ken Tani (Shô Kosugi), codenamed the “Black Eagle” to salvage the system before it falls into enemy hands. To ensure his loyalty, they bring his two young sons to a nearby hotel on the island. Together with his female CIA aide Patricia Parker (Doran Clark) Tani must find the tracking device, however Tani comes inevitably face to face in the process with an unknown skilled enemy in the form of a KGB team leader Andrei (Jean-Claude Van Damme)…

“Black Eagle” is a classic martial arts B-Movie from the 80s with a wobbly script, wobbly acting and wobbly action sequences (and the action is not a plenty). Shô Kosugi nor Jean-Claude Van Damme is hardly the best of actors and the action from both is almost in the comic region. I reacted as well on the poor sound effects and poor effects in general. However, some things were ok. Like the cinematography at times, the beautiful setting of Malta and Doran Clark´s participation in the movie. But, all in all this is a footnote in the martial arts genre. (2 out of 5)

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