Yuri Boyka is a character of Undisputed 2 and Undisputed 3 movies. He turns out to be a legend! In his first appearance he is the bad guy, in his second he’s trying to turn good, well we end out liking him… But it’s AWESOME!
Undisputed III won the Best Director Award and Best Fight Choreographer in the 2010 edition of ActionFest.
Released in 2002 and directed by Walter Hill, the original Undisputed was, at the time, an odd combination of genres, specifically that of the “prison drama” and “underground fight club” niche genres.
2006 saw the straight-to-DVD release of Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing. Directed by prolific straight-to-video action film director Isaac Florentine this time around, the film retained it’s predecessor’s hokiness and melodramatic atmosphere, while placing a much greater emphasis on the execution and “wow” factor of the fight scenes. Undisputed 2 was simply a better film in every way. The most important element in the films’ success however, could be attributed to one man: Scott Adkins.
Possessing a chiseled musculature, and an uncommonly large frame, Adkins’ fighting movements were spell-bindingly exacting and swift, with many of his strikes coming from unique angles, often while airborne.
Together with J.J. Perry’s choreography, and Isaac Florentine’s elegantly framed and almost balletic use of steadicam work, and under and overcranking, Adkins and White put out some of the best fight scenes ever seen in an American film.
Undisputed 3: Redemption sees Scott Adkins in the leading role, once again reprising his role as Yuri Boyka. The plot of the film has Boyka, still hobbled from his shattered kneecap in previous film, retraining himself and earning the right to enter an international 8-man prison fighting tournament.
While Undisputed 2 felt a bit thin at times in terms of the amount of running time the fight scenes occupied in the film, Undisputed 3 feels much more balanced. The fights are plentiful and varied, with a number of different disciplines and styles being represented throughout.