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Kick'em in the Ghoulies Banner Star - June 2010

Cynthia Rothrock

When it comes to think of a iconic Female within Martial art cinema 'who do you think of?.

With the guys it's easy you can pick as many as you want From Jackie to Jet or Sammo and Bruce and that's just for the Asian stars . You can Not forget the likes of Chuck Norris , Joe Lewis , Don Wilson and many others.

With the ladies it's not so easy OK you have Angela Mao she was kicking arse in the east in the early seventies along side Bruce Lee. And of course Polly Shang Kwan was a force to reckon with.

After that you have to come right up to the eighties and early nineties with the likes of  Michele Yeoh , Cynthia Khan  , Moon Lee  or Karen Shepard and Sophie Crawford. 

But as a full champion martial artist who trained before the films and became a International star in Hong Kong and the States and Europe there is only one and that is Cynthia Rothrock.

Cynthia truly is the Queen of Kung Fu


Born in Wilmington Delaware USA in 1957 on March 8th .

Her Parents Edward and Ann (Exeter) Markowski  where of Lithuanian and Czechoslovakian heritage .

She Married in 1976 to Ernest Rothrock , her Kung Fu Instructor. They Divorced in 1979 but Cynthia kept his name . 

In the 80's Cynthia was supposedly romantically involved with Hong Kong Martial Artist and Stuntman Mang Hoi.

Cynthia has one daughter named Skylar Sophia Rothrock born in 1999 from a later relationship .

She is five-time  undefeated World Karate Champion in forms and weapons between 1981 and 1985. These categories are not combat-oriented, being displays of fluidity of movement as opposed to  fighting.

She holds  Black belts  in  six various Far Eastern martial Arts , including Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do , Eagle Claw Kung Fu  , Wu Shu , Northern Shaolin  Kung Fu which is of classical Chinese origins , and Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu which is a Contemporary Chinese art . She received her sixth degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan in 2006 and was tested by Grand Master Robert Kovaleski, 7th Dan and chair of the I.T.M.A. S.


Hong Kong Beckons 

It was 1983 and Cynthia was residing in North California ,at the time she was doing demonstrations with the West Coast Demonstration Team.Golden Harvest ,the film company that launched Bruce Lee and later signed Jackie Chan were in California scouting for there next big martial arts star.It was here that Cynthia was spotted ,a contract was signed .

Now with many Caucasian actors and actresses or fighters for that matter ,when they get signed to films in the East they are normally used as Villains or unimportant bit parts.This was not the case for Cynthia ,as in 1985 she was to star in a film called ''Yes Madam'' (see Police Assassins below).This was the first time a Caucasian had been used in a heroic role in a Hong Kong Movie. 


Cynthia Kicks Back in Police Assassins aka Yes Madam.


In the West  Cynthia Rothrock came to fame in a a couple of films Namely the Sequel to No Retreat 'No Surrender ,when Ng Se Yuen wanted to make a sequel to his box office film which starred Kurt Mc'kinney and the then unknown Jean Claude Van Damme he thought it's a sure fire thing but Kurt refused as he wanted to focus on training and the martial arts as opposed to film making , at least that's what i read and Jean Claude refused because Kurt Refused ?.

Any Ways enter new stars Loren Avedon and champion martial artist Cynthia Rothrock to star in the new film Raging Thunder, also a new bad guy for the role who was Matthias Hues.

Cynthia ends up helping Loren's character after his girl friend is kidnapped and Loren seeks help from a army buddy who happens to know Cynthia.



 Cynthia and Loren Avedon have words in Raging Thunder

What we have here is a show case of good martial arts were every one seems to be doing there own stunts and Cynthia rocks with the best of them.

The other film was Police Assassins whom she starred along side  the other major female star at that time Michele Khan ( now yeoh). 

Here's the confusing bit Police assassins was released  as police assassins 2 in the UK even though it was the first film it's also known as ''Yes Madam '' and '' IN THE LINE OF DUTY '' in it's local ,which spawned a few sequels and launched a few stars as well.

Police assassins as we will call it now paired Cynthia and Michele as two cops one from Hong Kong and Cynthia;'s character from Scotland Yard (well in the English version,along with a bad English dub to go with it) .

Their after a gang boss and get involved with two crooks to help find him and take him to justice ,but the kind we like were they fight there way in and out .with a great cast including Tsui Hark and Dick Wei this is pure martial bliss and you should track it down.

The other film she did around this time was Shanghai Express ,even though her role was small ,she got probably the best scene in the film ,when she confronts Sammo Hung in Bruce Lee mode in a duel at towards the end of the film.


 Cynthia Rothrock Above the Law

The other major break through in Hong Kong for Cynthia was Above The Law with Yuen Biao which she got to star in after the deal to fight Jackie in Armour of God fell through when Jackie fell out of a tree and nearly died and it was a while before filming resumed.

I wont go to much into this film but watch the videos below to find out how tough this film was to make for Cynthia .








Back in the West

After her stint in the East ,to the West Cynthia returned ,it was here she was to establish herself as a major player in martial art flicks for the next ten years.Producer Pierre David offered her a role in a film starring along side Chad Mc'Queen ''Martial Law''.The film also starred Mr ,Kung Fu himself ,the late David Carradine.  

In the West ,well in the UK Martial Law was a pretty huge on the video circuit and was very Prominent ( I still have my original poster of the film).

But it was a Collaboration between Golden Harvest and Fred Weintraub  and Director Robert Clouse ( he off ''Enter the Dragon''  and ''Big Brawl'' fame ) that would give Cynthia a showcase to show off her Moves .Yes it was China O'Brien who she starred alongside Richard Norton and super Kicker Keith Cooke .

 It was here that Cynthia really took of ,the story of China O'Brien is one ''in my opinion''  borrowed from a 1973 film called ''Walking Tall'' which in it self was based on a actual true story of a Sheriff in Tennessee.The story was once again used when in 2004 Dwayne ''The Rock '' Johnson starred in a remake of Walking Tall.The story is too familiar for the writers to have not thought about the film i mention.

But hey' it works and it works brilliantly,i can not say how many times i have  watched this film as it's far to many to count. 

Since then Cynthia has starred in some 45 films or so from the brilliant Rage and Honor films to slightly more budget films like Undefeatable  , Sworn to Justice and Guardian Angel .

Slowly here at K.I.T.G. we will review them all and the links will be below .Just gotta dig out those old Video tapes and hope they still play.

The Later Years

The last film Cynthia made was in 2004 before she started her hiatus and returning to film in 2012 a part from one role in a 2007 film . Cynthia  resides in the United States with her daughter and co'owns a Martial arts studio in California as part of a group.

Her time is spent teaching and doing seminars  across the World at special events .

To find out more on Cynthia Rothrock please visit her official web site,which also has a link to her facebook page.

Official web site address: https://www.cynthiarothrockofficial.com/#home-slider

Rage and Honour - 1992


Various Pictures From Films and Promo Shots

  • Above the Law - 1986
    Above the Law - 1986
  • No Retreat'No Surrender 2 with Loren Avedon
    No Retreat'No Surrender 2 with Loren Avedon
  • Yes Madam with Michele Yeoh
    Yes Madam with Michele Yeoh
  • Yes Madam  with Michele Yeoh
    Yes Madam with Michele Yeoh


A Old Flyer from one of Cynthia's Visits to the UK ,no year on this but I'm sure it was 1991.Anybody attend,leave a message on the guest book.

Our Thanks

Here at K.I.T.G. we would like to thank Cynthia for her friendship and being our Banner star of the month for June 2010.

It's always a pleasure to connect with Martial artists around the globe whether they be people from film or sport or average Joe who trains for himself once or twice a week.Because there 's always one thing in common with these people and that's Honour and Respect  and in this world it's nice to see that.The Snake.

I Get to Meet Cynthia in Berlin - 2010


Cynthia on Stage with Richard Norton in Berlin

In a event that all martial art fans have been waiting for ,Cynthia Rothrock  appeared with 10 other top martial arts stars at the Berlin Movie Convention ,where fans got to meet the stars.

K.I.T.G. was there and a marvelous event it was.

So the Snake got to thank Cynthia in person for being a K.I.T.G. Banner star.

Plus I was also able to take a class with Cynthia at the Andre Mewis Dojo in Berlin whilst there.

To see more on this event visit the dedicated page ,Here!

August 2010 update

At the Berlin Movie Convention Cynthia revealed she would be returning to films now that her daughter is older.So once again our screens will be alive with the action from Ms Rothrock.

She revealed that she will be doing a Horror film in the UK and that her and Richard Norton are looking to make 'Rage and Honor 3' ,there are other projects too ,but we will have to wait and see.


Cynthia at the 2011 TMAS Show at the Birmingham NEC UK

Cynthia Rothrock appeared  in the UK at TMAS 2011 ,this will be her first time back in the UK for eight years.Luckily my good self and a fellow member Cloudtoe attended the show on the Saturday the 7th of May and got to spend some time with Cynthia.


Cynthia appeared on stage in a Q&A session and signed autographs and posed for pictures ,giving time to the fans and being a fantastic ambassador for Martial arts .

And those lucky enough got to do a seminar with Cynthia for about a hour to.Of course Myself and Cloudtoe where on hand at this seminar to.

After the seminar Cynthia spent the last hour of the show (not even changing out of her Gi) signing photos and taking pictures for those that had missed her allotted meet and Greet Schedule.

It was great to meet Cynthia after last years Berlin Movie Con and when i walked in to have my picture done with her she remembered me and greeted me as if i had known her for years . Though we have met only 3 times and the first was some 18 years ago.

   Cynthia Rothrock on stage at TMAS 2011 (above)


Cynthia's Seminar at TMAS 2011 ( above and below)


Seminar pictures courtesy of  Koku-Ryu Karate

I would like to once again thank Cynthia for her friendship and hope she has a good stay in the UK .So from Cloudtoe and Myself i wish Cynthia a safe Journey Home and i am sure we'll meet again some time soon.

                                                               The Snake and Cynthia Ready for action.

The Snake 

For more on the 2011 Martial arts show in Birmingham click here for the K.I.T.G. Overview.  

Rothrock Plays the Baddie in New Action Film - PD-05/03/12

Cynthia is back in action ,after her 8 year break from films due to not wanting to leave  her  young daughter while she grew up  ,now her daughter is Old Enough, Cynthia is back in action on the big screen .

Starring as the villain in a new film called ''White Tiger'' and starring with old time friend and fellow martial artist Don''The Dragon''Wilson.

Also on the project is 5 times Champion Martial Artist Matt Mullins and another favorite of mine ,Patrick Tang aka Kazu who also is the choreographer .

Other films are on the horizons including one shot in London which is a horror ,but shooting relies on the financing Film Maker Dean Meadows can get. 

There's also word of another project where Cynthia will return to the screen with Richard Norton ,but more on that as we here about it.

 So for the meantime enjoy the set pics from ''White Tiger'' which Cynthia allowed me to use here.  What a Lady!

White Tiger arrives from Limbo as Death Fighter

It's taken five years or so ,but after a legal tassel the action film White Tiger has a got a release. Now re-named as Death Fighter , so some fans can actually get to see the film they heard so much about. 
(See Above) .

Update : October 2020
Fortunately for us  UK fans Amazon has released the film on Prime video in the UK as well as Youtube who has licensed Channels showing the film for free with adverts.  


Cynthia Fights against Bullies and re-lives the 80's

Cool Cat Kids Superhero is a anti bullying movie  where Cynthia Plays Momma Cat . The film teaches the wrongs of bullying and what you should do if your a victim , aimed at the younger generation it's a film that has got a lot of support. 

Other Stars attached in Clude Erik Estrada ( CHIPS) , Vivica A Fox ( Kill Bill) and Derek Savage. 

It's not the first time Cynthia has been attached to a film of this nature , the other is The Martial Arts Kid , a Karate Kid style of film .

Of course we all know Karate Kid is the film that highlighted the genre of the Bullied Kid that fights back in a Honorable way.

Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece is a 2018  film that harks back to the 80's and stars a plethora of 80's and 90's action stars in various roles. 

The film is a action comedy that centres round a porn star that's lost his mojo  , starring Sean Stone ( Oliver Stone's Son) , Michael Dudikoff ( American Ninja) Tommy Tiny Lister,  Danny Trejo ( Machete) Sam J Jones ( Flash Gordon) , as well as Cynthia Rothrock  and even Bianca Bree Van Damme . 

Available on Amazon Video in the US and UK .

Review soon.

Cynthia to Star with Chase Masterson in Vendetta Vette - 2020

Not to much info on this one yet, but Cynthia is joining Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9) and Laura Meadows in a forthcoming female hero movie about a female Justice Fighters group. The film was in pre-production in 2019 , but with the current Worldwide situation it is now scheduled to release in late 2021 . Directed by Nicole Bowers Wallace the film has a  budget of $3 Million . Also connected with the project is Art Camacho . More news as we get it. 

Cynthia stars in Master Ken's Youtube Video

Master Ken is a Youtuber who spoofs martial arts, he's actually a proper martial artist who has taken his love for the art and made a series of small videos lampooning the art. Some with very funny and at times controversial themes, not every body seems to take his brand of comedy lightly . 

 But here your see Cynthia Rothrock was happy to take part in one of Master Ken's videos and a blast it is to.. Enjoy.



Films Reviewed on site that feature Cynthia

Please be aware that the film review pages are being updated and not all film reviews are available to view at present, they will go live as each film  is updated , Thanks for your patience

Film Title and Infomation 
Yes Madam aka Police Assassins 2  - Cynthia in her Debut with Michele Yeoh
Millionaires Express aka Shanghai Express  - Cynthia Joins a huge cast in Sammo Hung's Chinese Western
No Retreat No Surrender 2 ' Raging Thunder- Cynthia plays Terry , a fighter and Pilot in this classic 
Prince of the Sun - Cynthia in a take on the Golden Child  , also stars Conan Lee
Rage and Honour - Cynthia stars with Richard Norton in one of their most popular films
Honor and Glory - Cynthia Plays a FBI agent looking for a warhead trigger 
Angel of Fury - Cynthia is Raped and her husband is murdered and she ani't happy
Undefeatable - Cynthia is a streetfighter out for revenge of her sisters killers
Sworn to Justice  -  Cynthia Gains Psycihic abilities after a tragic incident
Outside the Law  - Cynthia plays a FBI agent whose on the run
Redemption - Cynthia Gets Blown up in this Don ''The Dragon ''Wilson Film
Sci-Fighter - Cynthia stars as a White Goddess in this Don 'The Dragon ''Wilson film
Showdown in Manila - Cynthia co -stars as a member of a elite Military unit in this Mark Dacascos Film
 2016 / 2018
Death Fighter  aka White Tiger - Cynthia Joins Don 'The Dragon 'Wilson and Matt Mullins in this action Film
 2012 / 2019

Films out or  Coming Featuring Cynthia Rothrock