The high-flying documentary Lucha Mexico is a journey into the vibrant world of Lucha Libre, where masked warriors fight mythological battles in the squared circle. With access to all the major Lucha promotions, directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz take you deep inside the Mexican wrestling culture, documenting its rich traditions and passionate style. At the heart of the film is second-generation luchador Shocker, the self-proclaimed "1000% Guapo" superstar who suffers a serious injury and faces the reality of life without wrestling. Featuring a cast of fan favorites such as legendary Blue Demon, Jr. the tragic Hijo Del Perro Aguayo and lovable mascot Kemonito, Lucha Mexico is a hard-hitting spectacle of high spots and low blows, and goes behind the mask into the heart of Mexico.
"Lucha Mexico" is a new documentary from Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz and is so weird, so bizarre and so unbelievable that you just have to see it to believe it! And, regardless of what you think about pro wrestling, you really have to see this to believe it!
The film is about the Mexican pro wrestling industry and it's quite different from the American version. Of course there is the same pageantry, bikini-clad girls and acting but what makes the Luchadores so different is just how much they are willing to give. They are, in essence, like modern gladiators! For example, the wrestler, Shocker, who claims to be '1000% guapo' (1000% handsome), gives far, far more than the American wrestlers and he has the injuries to prove it! The back-flips off the ropes into the crowd, the blood, the various broken bones, torn ligaments and even deaths are what sets this film apart from the American wrestling organizations. And, yes, I said deaths as one of the famous wrestlers featured in this film actually died in the ring all to entertain the crowds! In addition to incredible athleticism, you see a lot of other weird things that set Mexican wrestlers apart. My favorite is Kemonito a very, very tiny man who sports a blue ape costume and who gets tossed about like a rag doll!! Again, you ain't seen nothing' until you see Kemonito taking more abuse than a human ought to be able to take! And, you certainly could never get away with that here in the States!!!
So why do I recommend you see this film? Of course, the wrestling action is intense and hard to believe .but I think you also should see it because Hammond and Markiewicz do something that I like in documentaries they say nothing. There is no narration and instead the wrestlers talk to the camera—sharing their stories, injuries and experiences in the ring and out. They are a lot of interesting folks like American wrestler Jon Strongman as well as Los Rudos, the Rude Guys who the anti-heroes of the ring. All have fascinating stories. But what you can't help but wonder is why??? Why abuse their bodies this badly? Especially since audiences aren't always that big and they can't possibly get rich doing this to themselves. And, what do their families think of all this? The film is thought- provoking and never, ever is dull! Well worth seeing and, at times, shocking!
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