Tiger Street (1998)

Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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One man's efforts to teach martial arts to those who need to defend themselves leads him into grave danger in this urban action-drama. Tiger Sun (Julian Lee) was a North Korean martial arts expert who taught a class in Tae Kwon Do to anti-Communist freedom fighters. When authorities found out about Sun's actions, he was thrown into prison and most of his students were tortured or killed. In time, Tiger Sun was able to escape and emigrated to Denver, CO, where he was befriended by an old buddy, Ray Carver (Gary Sirchia). Carver is a teacher at a school which has fallen under the sway of gang violence and drug dealing. Believing his students need confidence, discipline, and the ability to defend themselves against violent delinquents, Carver persuades Sun to teach Tae Kwon Do at his school. Sun's past experiences make him hesitant, but he eventually agrees, and a number of students are moved by Sun's positive message -- including the leader of the school's biggest drug-dealing ring. However, the crime bosses who were supplying drugs to the school's dealers are angry that Sun has put a dent in their business, and they set out to stop him once and for all.