Prays for death

Pray for Death

(англ. Мольба о (к)

Смерти ) – одна из тех игр, что не добились коммерческого успеха и были забыты почти сразу после выхода. И это несмотря на то, что PC никогда не был избалован хорошими файтингами. На мой взгляд,

PfD – совершенно точно не шедевр, но остановить на себе внимание играющей публики очень даже может.

Мальчишки конца 80-ых – начала 90-х, мечтавшие побыть синоби и мастерившие сюрикены из различных металлических пластин, возможно, вспомнят одноименный фильм про ниндзя, устроившего в США кровавую баню местным бандитам. Нет, ничего общего. Ни мафии, ни ниндзя, ни США. Разве что баня… А началось всё с того, что Смерть, принявшая здесь самый, пожалуй, ожидаемый для себя облик (человекоподобная фигура в плаще с обилием костей и недостатком кожи), до смерти заскучала и решила устроить смертельный турнир для самых сильных существ, вверенных ей в попечение. А заманухой для добровольцев служит “билет в жизнь”, что торжественно будет вручен победителю турнира (финалистом которого в том числе будет и сама Смерть).

Да, завязка не слишком оригинальна, зато приятно удивляет подбор участников турнира. Тут вам и лавкрафтовский Ктулху, каким-то образом попавший в Царство Мертвых, мечтающий вернуться в наш и без него неидеальный мир, и древнеегипетский бог смерти Анубис, умерший, как это ни иронично, с переходом под его непосредственное начало последнего почитателя, и “простая” отягощенная манией убийства психопатка по кличке Пантера. Многие бойцы помимо объявленной цели имеют и другие, как, например, демон Мурган и падшая ангелица Уриэль (разве ангелы разнополы?), которые никак не могут разрешить старые споры. Большой и глупый викинг Вольфрих стремится отомстить чернокнижнику Зенобиусу, отравившему его и обокравшему самого Одина. Зенобиус, в свою очередь, хочет получить секрет бессмертия от средневекового валахского темного рыцаря Мальстрёма, овладевшего тайнами Некрономикона (Книги Мертвых), но убитого, по-видимому, другим мертвопоклонником. А уничтоженный своими же создателями сошедший с микросхем робот Пейнбрингер всего-навсего хочет доказать превосходство машины над человеком, победив Джан Фана, мастера боевых искусств. Кстати, очень странно видеть последнего в такой интересной компании – видимо, создатели PfD, насмотревшись фильмов с Брюсом Ли, решили, что эти мастера – те ещё “badasses”.

С точки зрения графического исполнения всё выглядит очень и очень неплохо. Интересные и довольно гладкие модели бойцов разрешают конфликты на высокодетализованных, красиво освещенных фонах (арена с водой для года выпуска игры чуть ли не шедевральна). Движения бойцов не слишком плавны, но и не напоминают метаморфозы Каа на концерте у бандерлогов из всем известного советского мультфильма. Звуковое оформление на достаточно высоком уровне (хотя эта сторона игр всегда была самой субъективной в оценке).

Игровой процесс и боевая система во многом повторяют большинство 2D-файтингов 90-ых. Те же кнопки, что и в Mortal Kombat (F-B-U-D, слабый удар рукой/ногой, сильный удар рукой/ногой), те же раунды, та же кровавость происходящего, те же стильные, особо жестокие добивания побежденного противника. Всё это разбавлено системой комбинаций ударов, пришедшей в PfD, кажется, прямиком из Killer Instinct. Всё как будто бы неплохо, но, с другой стороны, и ничего особенного.

Режим игры для одного человека не удивит и не разочарует. Выбрав один из пяти уровней сложности, вы должны будете победить поочередно всех оппонентов, включая двух недоступных для выбора (Боль, Смерть). Если выбранный вами уровень сложности не ниже “Zombie”, то по прохождении вам покажут завершающий мультик, уникальный для каждого из персонажей. Многопользовательская игра порадует большим количеством возможных режимов: один на один, два на два, стенка на стенку, различные турниры, в которых могут играть до восьми человек одновременно.. Приятная неожиданность: при прохождении игры Смерть может открыть вам один из секретных кодов, что вводятся на экране выбора персонажей. Среди них есть “полезные”, открывающие для игры персонажей Смерть и Боль или дающие неограниченное количество жизней, а есть и шутливые. Например, если ввести YEOLDEGAME, можно будет сыграть в легендарный Pong.

Если заинтересовались – попробуйте. В конце концов, много вы знаете игр, в которых можно побыть Ктулху?

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Pray For Death is a 1985 American martial arts action – thriller starring Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Norman Burton, Michael Constantine, and the lead Kosugi’s son Kane Kosugi

Plot

At the insistence of his American-born wife, Aiko (Donna Kei Benz), Yokohama salaryman Akira Saito ( Sho Kosugi) decides to immigrate from Japan to the country of her birth to raise their two sons Takeshi ( Kane Kosugi) and Tomoya (Shane Kosugi) and start their own business. Unbeknownst to his family, Akira is in fact a highly skilled ninja, who had faithfully protected the secrets of the temple minded by his adoptive father and sensei, Kaga. Years before, Akira’s brother, Shoji – also raised and trained by Kaga – sought to steal from the temple in disguise, forcing Akira to engage him in battle and kill him. Akira’s meditation on this matter is disrupted by an attack from Kaga to encourage him to wipe the guilt from his mind before it kills him. Akira announces his intentions to move to America to start a new life, and to put the shadows of the ninja behind him. Kaga makes him swear never to reveal the secrets of their sect, and gives him a ninja helmet as a parting gift, but reminds him he can never leave his shadows behind.

The Saitos land in Los Angeles and meet with Sam Green, the widowed owner of a closed restaurant and apartment that Akira and Aiko planned to buy. After the sale is completed and the family visits the local mall, the cigar store area of the building is broken into by police Sgt. Trumble (Charles Greuber), a corrupt cop along with his partner Sgt. Joe Daly (Matthew Faison) working for local mobster Mr. Newman ( Michael Constantine). Daly removes loose floor boards and puts a large white box underneath, containing the Van Adda necklace. However, he reconsiders and double-crosses the mob by taking the necklace for himself. The next day Newman’s enforcer, Limehouse Willie ( James Booth), waits until the building is again deserted before entering himself only to discover the necklace is missing. Seeing Sam Green’s packed luggage in his car, Willie incorrectly dedeuces that he’s skipping town with the jewels and kills him even though he doesn’t find them. Suspicion now falls on the Saitos.

The next day, as Akira and Aiko enjoy the first day of business – “Aiko’s Japanese Restaurant” – Tomoya and Takeshi go out to the local store and are confronted by local bullies eyeing Takeshi’s bike. Tomoya – who has a red belt in karate – defends his younger brother and bests the bullies. But during the fight, Willie abducts Tomoya and leaves Takeshi with a broken nose when he tries to stop him. Willie then phones Akira demanding he delivers the necklace (of which he knows nothing about) to Pier 25 in exchange for his son’s life. Curious, he goes into the cigar store room and finds the broken lock on the door, the loose floor boards, as well as a grey thread from Daly’s suit jacket, which also shows he is left- handed.

Akira arrives at the pier and boards one of the ships empty-handed and is then restrained by Willie and his men for interrogation. Willie doesn’t believe Akira’s claims that it was a left-handed man in a grey suit that took the necklace and cuts him with his knife across his chest. But when he threatens his son with a blow torch, Akira smashes the light above his head and uses his ninja skills to escape with Tomoya. He listens to Aiko’s insistence and goes to the police the next day. Meanwhile, although Willie is convinced that the necklace isn’t with the Saitos, Newman still wants them eliminated for what they know.

Akira leaves the house with instructions to his family to stay indoors. At the precinct, he speaks with Lt. Anderson ( Norman Burton) with both Trumble and Daly present as he identifies Willie in the provided mug shots. Anderson can do nothing to keep him away from the Saitos without evidence, and Akira agrees to help him. Daly informs Newman, and is assured Willie will clean up his mess, but informs him they need to have “a little chat.”

Back at the apartment, Takeshi accidentally kicks his soccer ball out the window and Tomoya goes out to recover it despite his mother’s insistence. Aiko chases after him and both are run down by Newman’s thugs stationed outside. Akira arrives seconds afterwards and – because they had been ordered to switch vehicles to confirm they killed Aiko and Tomoya – recognizes the thugs from the night before and gives chase in his car, then on foot. The resulting struggle while their truck is moving results in both men being killed. At the hospital, Tomoya’s on life support, while Aiko is bruised and shaken but still being kept overnight for observation. Anderson arranges for police personnel to guard them.

Akira sneaks on board Willie’s ship during a party and, after subduing his security, cuts the power and sneaks up behind him. With a knife to his throat he warns him to stay away from the Saitos or he will pray for death. Akira is gone by the time the lights go on. Instead of heeding his warning, Willie sneaks into the hospital and manages to snuff out Aiko, but is stopped by Anderson and his men before he can kill Tomoya and escapes. Akira returns to the hospital and has a moment alone with his wife’s body. He swears he will make Willie and his men pay for destroying their dreams by returning to the shadows of the ninja (unaware that Takeshi hears this vow behind him). He takes Tomoya out of hospital care against Anderson’s warnings that they can’t guarantee police protection. Fed up with the incompetence of the police, Akira only warns him to stay out of his way.

Elsewhere, Daly and Trumble meet at a restaurant where Willie also shows up and murders them both for their treachery.

Akira relocates the boys to a warehouse. Behind closed doors, he performs rituals that signify his return to the ways of ninjitsu, and, with a makeshift forge, creates a new katana blade while Takeshi finds ninja weapons in Akira’s belongings. In full ninja garb, Akira prays to Aiko before donning the helmet his father bequeathed to him before leaving Japan, then attacks Newman’s mansion in order to dispatch him & his men.

Cast

  • Sho Kosugi as Akira Saito
  • James Booth as Limehouse Willie
  • Donna Kei Benz as Aiko Saito (as Donna K. Benz)
  • Norman Burton as Lt. Anderson
  • Kane Kosugi as Takeshi Saito
  • Shane Kosugi as Tomoya Saito
  • Matthew Faison as Sgt. Joe Daley
  • Parley Baer as Sam Green
  • Robert Ito as Kaga
  • Michael Constantine as Mr. Newm

Reception

The movie was not looked at favourably by some critics. However, both the USA Today and “drive-in” movie reviewer Joe Bob Briggs, both praised Sho Kosugi, with the USA Today review stating “Sho Kosugi…the hottest kick since Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee!” and Briggs praising Kosugi as “the best kung fu man since Bruce Lee ” and ranked the film high on his 10-best list for 1986.

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Theatrical Release Poster

Pray for Death is a 1985 martial arts action thriller directed by Gordon Hessler (Rage of Honor, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hawaii Five-O (1968), CHiPs and Shogun Mayeda) and starring Shô Kosugi as Akira Saito, former ninja who throws away his past, moves from Japan to US with his family and opens a restaurant in Los Angeles. But soon Akira finds himself in deadly conflict with local criminals, and when his wife is murdered, he has to become a ninja once again.

The following weapons were used in the film Pray for Death:

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Nearly all handguns in the movie are Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolvers. They are seen in hands of criminals and police, including Lt. Anderson (Norman Burton) and Sgt. Trumble (Charles Grueber).

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Limehouse Willie’s second in command Vinnie Seline (

Alan Amiel

) aims his revolver at Sam Green (Parley Baer).

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A thug fires at pursuing Akiro.

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A thug holds his revolver during the scene on the cargo ship.

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A pair of thugs aim their revolver at Akiro in the same scene.

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Lt. Anderson (

Norman Burton

) holds his revolver in the scene in hospital.

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Various thugs carry revolvers in the final scene.

M1911A1

In the final scene crime boss Mr. Newman (Michael Constantine) and his enforcer Limehouse Willie (James Booth) carry M1911A1 pistols.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol – Commercial Model known as the “Colt Government Model” – .45 ACP

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Limehouse Willie holds a 1911.

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Mr. Newman tries to fire at Akira.

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A close view of Willie’s pistol.

Uzi

Limehouse Willie (James Booth) uses an Uzi during the first encounter with Akira Saito.

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IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed – 9x19mm

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Willie fires his Uzi after escaping Akira.

Intratec TEC-9

Limehouse Willie (James Booth) also uses an Intratec TEC-9.

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Intratec TEC-9 – 9x19mm

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A close view of Willie’s TEC-9.

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Willie fires.

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He reloads.

Heckler & Koch HK94A3

Heckler & Koch HK94A3 with 16″ carbine barrel are seen in hands of Limehouse Willie’s thugs.

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Akira Saito attacks two of Willie’s thugs, one of which holds a HK94.

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A HK94-wielding thug is under attack of Akira in the final scene.

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