In my opinion, this guy here is a bit underrated. When you talk about martial arts actors, Mark Dacascos should be in your list. He has a great personal knowledge of self and is a descendant of a samurai warrior. Pretty much every role I’ve seen I’ve liked! (even the more wacky ones I’ll show a bit later). Without further ado, here are 8 scenes with Mark Dacascos.
Drive is one of my favorite films because it has the right amount of martial arts, stunts, and gun-slinging all in one movie. Dacascos plays an enhanced human named Toby Wong in this flick. You don’t see Dacascos in too many sci-fi movies so this was a great contrast from his usual roles. I could not pick one particular scene so I found a clip with a bunch of the major fight scenes! Enjoy!
Only the Strong was another great film with Dacascos. This film helped make Capoeira a bit more known in the United States. In fact, it is the only Hollywood film with a sole focus on Capoeira. Dacascos plays a teacher named Stevens who gets a job teaching Capoeira to at risk kids in his old high school. It’s a complicated situation because one of his students is a cousin of drug lord who is a Capoeira master in his own right. While Capoeira was not Dacascos forte, he did do some serious training before he auditioned for the role. You can clearly see how well he adapted to the style in the movie. Here are a few scenes:
3. Bruce Lee vs Muay Thai
This was a stellar scene from The Legend of Bruce Lee. Although Muay Thai is a national sport in Thailand, it is still a very raw, street style way of fighting. Dacascos shows this very well with his strong kicks, punches, knees, and menacing elbows. Jeet Kune Do is a bit refined and precise yet at the same time loose while Muay Thai is more or less hard hitting and a bit more sporadic. The differentiation in styles makes this a very dynamic scene. Great work!
4. Jet Li vs Mark Dacascos
Although this scene in Cradle 2 the Grave was a bit short, it was one of those scenes you wanted to happen for a while. I never really liked Dacascos playing the bad guy, but he does it well. Jet Li and Dacascos have a nice little fight scene with some great choreography. Jet Li uses a stone that eats through the human body like acid to defeat Dacascos.
5. Stairway to Heaven
This is a nice short scene in The Crow sequel called The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. While there is not too much fighting, it’s great to see Dacascos get into an entirely different character than normal. I think he definitely did the sequel justice. As we all know, Brandon Lee had a very unfortunate and fatal accident in the first film. No one could ever replace his role because he made the character what it is in today’s date. However, Dacascos definitely held his own and showed he had great promise to play this type of role.
6. Masked Assassin
Crying Freeman was a pretty great action film that was derived from a manga and anime. If you are into explosive content (literally), you’ll want to take a good look at this film especially this scene. Dacascos plays a character called Emu who is a masked avenger of sorts. Even though anime started getting a major buzz in the states around this time and it was promoted in Viz Media and Animerica, the movie was not released in the states. It’s no wonder why I never saw it until recently.
7. Cleaning Up the Mess
In Code Name: The Cleaner , Dacascos easily takes out some security guards. They were definitely no contest seeing as it was only a 30 second clip. This movie was a bit lighthearted. If you don’t take yourself and the movie too seriously, I’m sure you’ll get a few laughs out of this flick. The comedy and some of the fight scenes keep it a bit interesting.
8. Double Dragon
This was not the greatest movie, but it was definitely one of the first video game movies to come out and it’s a bit of a cult classic. Dacascos plays Jimmy Lee who is the brother to Billy Lee. They are each heir to a half dragon medallion to unlock the whole and form the double dragon. They are successful in their fight against Koga Shuko aka The Shadow Master. I like the fact this took place in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles (New Angeles in the movie). This could’ve been better but it was fun to watch.
Dacascos is still out there especially in big roles such as Hawaii Five-O and the chairman of Iron Chef: America. He’s also going to play Kung Lao in the second season of the web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy starting in Fall 2013. I can’t wait to see what he has in store in the future.