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Directed by: Andy Blumenthal
Starring: Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Rina Reyes, Joe Mari Avellana, Maurice Smith, Richard Hill, Ned Hourani and Cris Aguilar
Jake Raye is back, and in kickboxing-related trouble once again! Since
the last Bloodfist film, Jake became a legit kickboxer, in
state-sanctioned bouts with boxing gloves, etc., and put his
punchfighting past behind him. When he accidentally kills his opponent
in the ring, he vows never to fight again. After about two years have
passed, Jake has hit the skids. His apartment is in disarray and he’s
not in shape. One day, he gets a call from his friend, a Black man
inexplicably named Vinny Petrello (Smith), who lures him back to Manila
once again. Once back on his old stomping grounds, Jake and a bunch of
other fighters are kidnapped and spirited away by boat to the private
island home of sinister kickboxing fan Su (Avellana). He forces the men
to take part in an “illegal high stakes tournament” - death fights, or
as Su calls them, “gladiator
fights”. But Su’s men have an unfair advantage. He pumps them full of a
special steroid that makes them impervious to pain. So the good
fighters don’t know what they’re up against. Luckily, the plucky Jake
Raye and love interest Mariella (Reyes) get to the bottom of it. Will
Jake live to see another sequel?
For those that don’t know, only
the first two Bloodfist films are truly sequels. The Dragon plays Jake
Raye in the first two films only. The other 897 Bloodfist movies are
basically separate entities but renamed under the Bloodfist banner
because presumably Roger Corman
felt fans would rather see an eighth sequel to something, whether it’s
truly a sequel or not, than a new movie with an original title.
Nevertheless, the first half of Bloodfist 2
is very similar to the original film - the same locales are used and
some of the situations seem oddly familiar. But once the fighters are on
the boat to Su’s
house, things change. The movie somehow becomes dumber, yet more fast
paced, even though a huge block of time is spent in one room as the
fighters fight. Yet it never becomes a slog. That was pretty
impressive. It was here that the film developed its own, more original
personality. And of course, the film ends with a big, final brawl.
is back as the bad guy, but not the same one from the first movie. And
the rankings of the fighters/actors are back in the credits, but the
movie outdoes itself in introducing these men to the audience, as Su
names them all, and their titles/rankings in the movie as well. In the
order Su introduces them, they are: John Jones (Warring), Manny Rivera
(Samson), Bobby Rose (Hill), Ernest Santana (Rogers), Tobo Castanerra
(Del Rosario), and Sal Taylor (Baker), the last of which sports a spiffy
shirt throughout the entirety of his screen time. Additionally, Ned
Hourani and Cris Aguilar return from
the first movie, but in different roles. Don The Dragon gives his
delightfully wooden delivery we all know and love.
is more of a typical punchfighter, but the action and humor elements are
ramped up more, and the plot is tamped down to a minimum. Since all
Bloodfist movies apparently had to be 85 minutes, the filmmakers decided
to try a new structure, at least for the second half of the film.
you watched the first Bloodfist movie and wished it had MORE
punchfighting, as well as more silliness, this, the only true sequel, is
the movie for you.
NOTE: in the end credits, Wes Craven and Stephen Tobolowsky are listed as “advisors”. If anyone knows how Craven or Tobolowsky advised this movie, please write in today.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett