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After her brother is killed in Hong Kong, martial arts-wise,
tough-as-nails sisterTNT (Jeannie Bell) visits the city to do some
investigating, and almost immediately after her arrival she makes the
acquaintances of Elaine (Pat Anderson), a way too cute looking blonde to
not have an agenda of her own, Joe (Chiquito), the too good for his own
good owner of a martial arts school/nightclub/hotel who will eventually
become her ally, and Charlie (Stan Shaw) a black gangster who is quite
charming though, and whom TNT will eventually fall for - but Charlie is
also the man who killed her brother (which she doesn't know yet).
However, somehow TNT makes it into Charlie's gang despite the fact that
Charlie's boss Sid (Ken Metcalfe), his second-in-command Ming and his moll
Elaine strongly oppose her. Then though a few drug shipments go horribly
wrong, and everybody starts to suspect TNT, despite the fact that she knew
very little about the shipments. Eventually, TNT and Joe decide to get
their hands on Elaine because ... oh I don't know. And wouldn't you know
it, Elaine doesn't only prove to be a versatile martial artist, she also
proves to be a federal investigator - and she asks TNT for cooperation.
TNT hates the pigs, but she has to realize at the time being Elaine
is the best ally she could hope for - especially after Elaine supplies her
with an alibi after another shipment goes wrong.
Eventually, TNT and Charlie have hot passionate sex, but after their
night of love, TNT finds her brother's lighter with Charlie's things and
immediately figures out the whole story - so from now on she's bent on
Ultimately, Sid and his gang are to meet with their heroin suppliers to
deal with the problems of the botched up shipments, and since Elaine
figures TNT might mess the whole thing up, she has her arrested - but then
she herself is found out by her associates and neatly tied up and
everything. Just a good thing that TNT has Joe to break her out of jail.
In the meantime the meeting starts, and now Charlie reveals himself to
be behind all of the botched up deals, as he wants to take over the
organisation from Sid ... when TNT bursts in, the police (which is
actually after her) in tow, and while all the baddies are arrested, and
Elaine is freed to deal with Sid her own way, TNT takes on, defeats and
ultimately kills Charlie ...
Truth to be told, TNT Jackson is not the most intelligent,
not the most subtle, and certianly not the best-made blaxploitation flick.
In fact it's a silly and at times clumsy marriage of blaxploitation and
martial arts cinema - with at best so-so martial arts -, garnered with a
bit of nudity when you least expect it (like TNT's topless fighting
scene). That all said though, TNT Jackson is totally enjoyable,
be it for its many afros and unmistakable 70's fashion, for its very
simple minded story, or for its supposed to be hip dialogue, or maybe just
for its good pacing and agreeable running time (less than 75 minutes) that
somehow makes the silly story acceptable. Of course, if you are looking
for any sort of a serious film, don't even try this one, but if you love
somewhat trashy 70's style blaxploitation, this one might as well be your