Where to start with the film Jiu Jitsu (2020)? It’s listed as a ‘science fiction martial arts film’. The plot revolves around the ancient order of expert Jiu Jistu fighters who, every six years, must defend earth from alien invaders.
For thousands of years the aliens have lost the battles, but when the tables earth itself is at peril. It somehow hits all the sci-fi and martial arts tropes, but not in a funny ironic way. In a ‘oh my god how did this get made’ kind of way.
While it’s possible that it may, in the future, become one of those classically bad films, it’s hard to even give that redeeming quality to the 102 minutes of our lives we won’t get back. We’d recommend steering well clear of this film, but if our opinion doesn’t sway you here are some facts to back it up. It had a $25,000,000 budget but didn’t break $100,000 in the box office (admittedly it was released during a pandemic). It’s officially Nicolas Cage’s lowest rated film. Another reviewer described it as ‘a combination of kung fu panda and predator’ (which admittedly sounds better than this film is).
All in all, we hated it, avoid at all costs.
Despite being named Jiu Jitsu, there is absolutely no jiu jitsu used in the trailer– An IMDB trivia entry about this Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu (2020)
0.5 stars out of 5
What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments!
If you’re looking for something different to watch check out our other film reviews.