Movies & TV / Columns

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column: Bloodfist II

December 7, 2016 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Issue #387: Bloodfist II

Don “The Dragon” Wilson December: Week 2

Hello, everyone, and welcome once again to the internets movie review column that is pretty sure that some sort of super illegal underground karate tournament isn’t happening in its basement at the moment, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column, and I am your host Bryan Kristopowitz. In this issue, issue number three hundred and eighty-seven, Don “The Dragon” Wilson December continues with the sequel Bloodfist II, which first appeared way back in 1990.

Bloodfist II

Bloodfist2

Bloodfist II, directed by Andy Blumenthal, stars Don “The Dragon” Wilson as Jake Raye, a badass former kickboxing world champion who, after killing a guy in the ring during a fight, decides to get out of the fight game and live a somewhat sad, pathetic life where he hangs around a dingy apartment and has sex with the one of the nastiest looking girlfriends in movie history (I actually thought the woman in question was a prostitute that Jake picked up and immediately became more depressed than Jake. I mean, he couldn’t find a better looking prostitute? Where the hell did he find her? And where the hell does he hang out that there aren’t better looking ones around? Is Jake just cheap and the woman in question met his price?). Out of the blue, Jake gets a call from his old friend/trainer Vinnie (Maurice Smith) that he’s in trouble and needs his help. Jake isn’t too keen on leaving his apartment, but then Vinnie is his old friend and the right thing to do is help him, so Jake agrees to help. Jake will have to go to Manila, though, a place that Jake Raye should know very, very well.

Or does Jake Raye know Manila very, very well? There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Jake Raye Don “The Dragon” Wilson plays in Bloodfist II is the same Jake Raye from the first movie. I guess, officially, that part 2 is a direct sequel to the first movie since Wilson is playing a character named Jake Raye. However, I don’t think the Bloodfist II Jake Raye is the same guy that we saw in the first Bloodfist. First off, I don’t think the Jake Raye from the first movie would become a professional fighter after the events of the first movie. I think he’d have had enough of fighting after the way the big hooha underground tournament worked out in the first movie. I also don’t think that the Jake Raye from the first movie would ever go back to Manila for any reason outside of needing to rescue his mega hot girlfriend Nancy. And if he did, he’d probably think about it for more than a few seconds, and he’d be way more cautious about going, knowing what it’s like there. That Jake wouldn’t just get on a plane and go. I also think that the Jake Raye from the first movie would wear sneakers or boots while in Manila and not those slip on dress shoes that rich assholes always seem to wear. You can’t fight or run very well in those, even if you’re Don “The Dragon” goddamn Wilson.

Okay, so, back to Bloodfist II. Raye arrives in Manila and grabs a cab as he knows that he has to go to a specific local gymnasium to help his buddy Vinnie. The cab ride is brutal and wild as the streets of Manila are chock full of pot holes and whatnot. When the cab “arrives at the gym,” Jake ends up having to fight off multiple street thugs. It’s an easy altercation for Jake since he’s a kickboxing machine, but Jake is pissed about the whole situation. Why did the cab driver take him to this alley? Why were these thugs waiting for him? Where the hell is the gym? What the hell is going on?

After a pretty awesome “guy hanging off the front of the car” stunt, Jake steals the cab and tries to find the gym. Amazingly, Jake finds the gym and goes inside and, after scoping out the local fighters training there, meets Dieter (Robert Marius), a skeevy looking weirdo who may know what the heck is going on. Dieter doesn’t have the answers Jake is looking for. After brawling with two thugs, Jake is rescued by Mariella (Rina Reyes), a local woman who seems to know what’s going on. She can bring Jake to Vinnie. Jake takes Mariella up on her help and is taken to a warehouse that appears to be deserted. The warehouse, of course, isn’t deserted and Jake is attacked by Dieter and more thugs. This time, Jake is beaten down and captured as the numbers against him are simply too great.

Some time passes, and Jake wakes up on a boat in the middle of the ocean. He’s shackled at the hands and feet and has no idea what the hell is going on. There are other men in the boat, too, shackled and groggy. Jake recognizes some of them, martial arts champions and whatnot. What the hell are they doing on this boat with him? The boat eventually stops at an island where men in red jackets remove Jake and the others. Because they’re all world champion fighters of this and that, Jake and the other fighters immediately start to raise a ruckus and try to escape. However, Jake is the only one who manages to get away. The others are quickly surrounded by heavily armed guards and put on a truck. Where are they going? What the hell is going on here?

We eventually find out that Su (Joe Mari Avellana, Kwong from the first Bloodfist), a millionaire scumbag of some sort, has invited scumbag rich people from all over the world to watch a demonstration of his new super steroid. The idea is Su’s fighters, jacked up on the steroid, will fight the best fighters in the world to demonstrate just how awesome his steroid is and what kind of edge it can give a fighter in the thick of battle. The rich scumbags will bet on the fights, and, maybe, some of them will decide to invest in Su’s big hooha steroid scheme.

Jake, running around the island and beating the shit out of anyone he can find wearing a red jacket, eventually decides that he has to rescue his fellow fighters and get them the hell off the island. Jake also intends on finding out what the hell is wrong with Vinnie, as Vinnie has apparently become Su’s right hand man. Why did Vinnie become a scumbag?

The great thing about Bloodfist II is that it has no problem being low budget sleaze. Whereas the first Bloodfist tried to be a somewhat respectable fighting tournament movie, the sequel is a down and dirty action movie that revels in being absolutely ridiculous. We have a sort of tournament, yes, but most of the movie is Jake Raye running around the island, taking out guards like a kung fu Rambo. And while we do eventually see Jake Raye participating in the tournament, the movie doesn’t end in a one-on-one brawl for supremacy. Instead, we get a full on action extravaganza where the good guys still alive team up and fight off hordes of guards using any and all weaponry at their disposal. Yes, most of the action is of the martial arts variety, but we do see some gun play, including a small yet sweet sawed off shotgun scene.

The other great thing about Bloodfist II is that it wastes absolutely no time getting to the meat of the story. At a lean and mean 80 minutes, Bloodfist II plunges us right into the action and never really stops. Is it hard to believe that Jake Raye would know how to run around the island like a former Black Ops operator? Yes. But then the movie doesn’t allow you to think about it too much because Raye is kicking ass and taking names and you want to keep watching.

The tournament is a sort of UFC type deal where we see boxers, brawlers, and Olympic-style wrestlers take on gigantic beefy martial artists. The steroid abusers don’t always win, which is shocking since that’s how it usually works in these kinds of movies where people have to fight potentially unstoppable killers. No one can stop the killers until the main hero shows up. That doesn’t happen here.

The action outside of the tournament is decent enough. The hand-to-hand fights are quick and brutal and then become more spectacular as the movies progresses. The fights at the end aren’t as crisp as the fights at the beginning, but then there’s way more going on at the end. Maybe all of that stuff was filmed last and the production needed to save money by being quick? It’s still fun to look at, though.

Don “The Dragon” Wilson is awesome as Jake Raye. He’s a no nonsense badass and fun to watch beat the crap out of bad guys. He even handles the clunky anti-drug message that shows up at the end of the movie like a pro. It’s cool to see him in straight-up kick ass mode. I do wish he had a better looking girlfriend/prostitute, though. Even if he is depressed and in a funk, the hero should never have an old woman looking hooker. It just sends the wrong message.

Joe Mari Avellana brings the sleaze big time as Su. Su is a typical piece of shit action movie bad guy but Avellana makes him seem more than that. The fact that Su is played by the same guy as Kwong is another reason I believe that the Jake Raye in this movie is not the same Jake Raye from the first movie. Wouldn’t that Jake Raye have wondered why this new bad guy looks exactly like the bad guy from his first trip to Manila? Is it possible Su and Kwong are brothers?

Rina Reyes is okay as Mariella. She’s an interesting screen presence and has some chemistry with “The Dragon,” but her big story throughout the movie isn’t as interesting as the movie would like us to believe it is. Maurice Smith should have had a bigger part as Vinny. His big fight at the end with Jake isn’t as big of a deal as it could have been.

And then there’s Robert Marius as Dieter. The guy is sleazy and weird, yes, but what the hell is his deal anyway? Why would Su allow him to be his anything? Would anyone allow him to be a henchman of any significance? I doubt it. I mean, is he an accountant or something?

Bloodfist II is a nifty piece of low budget action cinema. It isn’t as good or as high minded as the first Bloodfist, but that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with sleaze when it’s done well. And Bloodfist II is well done. So, if you’re in the mood for some low budget martial arts sleaze, give Bloodfist II a try. It’s worth it.

See Bloodfist II. See it, see it, see it.

So what do we have here?

Dead bodies: Lots.

Explosions: A few.

Nudity?: Yes, and it’s not all that appealing.

Doobage: A massive punch to the face, potential cocaine, serious ass kicking, a pretty sweet championship belt, face washing, a gross looking prostitute, insane cab driving, driving on the sidewalk, mega pot holes, soccer ball to the face, a pretty awesome car stunt, cab stealing, exercise ball kicking, multiple attacks, a vicious side kick, a weird boat, chain bondage, forehead cutting, attempted escape via group brawl, multiple stick beatings, one of the least impressive gun shots in movie history, a secret compound, handcuff breaking, guard beating, willing steroid abuse, more ass kicking, more stick fighting, ball kicking, giant wooden board to the face, gambling, multiple instances of body throwing, a fucking suplex!, spear throwing, headbutt to the armpit, more testicle punching, barbells to the balls, a kick to the side of the head, sawed off shotgun hooey, a massive brawl, more spear stuff, cattle prod to the heart, attempted sword fight, stick throwing, vase throwing, slow motion fall through a door, attempted knife attack, a balcony fall, and our heroes walking away.

Kim Richards?: None.

Gratuitous: Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Don “The Dragon” Wilson wearing boxing gloves, an annoying play-by-play announcer, Jake “The Dragon” Raye, a very gross prostitute, Don “The Dragon” Wilson going to Manila, Manila, gross talk about local prostitutes, a potential concussion, people training in the gym, an awkward smile, thumb looking, Joe Mari Avellana, a beating via riding crop, weight lifting, a gong, a cattle prod, a “thumbs up/thumbs down” gladiator death match moment, a improvised weapon, a fucking suplex!, “Sonofabitch! Motherfucker!,” an anti-drug message, a slow motion fall off of a balcony, and our heroes walking away.

Best lines: “Kick his ass, Jake!,” “Come on, Jake, get on him, man! What are you waiting for?,” “Who hired you?,” “Jeeze! I almost took your head off!,” “Just tell me this, why are you helping me?,” “Now, this looks much prettier,” “Fuck you, geek!,” “So, welcome to the party!,” “Be careful. You know what they say about drinking the punch at strange parties,” “Su! Why are we here?,” “Welcome to Paradise,” “With the proper incentive anything is possible,” “I’m a peaceful man. But when the peace is threatened I must take matters into my own hands,” “I can’t believe it. Vinnie’s always lived fast but he would never go over the edge,” “Steroids! You were right!,” “You bastard!,” “Better look for Mariella,” “Sonofabitch! Motherfucker!,” “Come on you chickenshit motherfucker! Let’s throw down!,” “Shup up, Jake,” “Let go of the case! That’s an order, shithead,” and “Over and out.”

Rating: 7.0/10.0

**

BloodfistDVD

**

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column: The Facebook Page!

Please check out and “like” The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Facebook page, which is here. There’s stuff there now! Midnight trailers! 3 AM Joe Bob! And more!

Bloodfist2ThumbsDown

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Facebook page! Yeah!

**

Things to Watch Out For This Week

PhantasmRavager

Phantasm: Ravager: I still haven’t seen this fifth, and presumably final, Phantasm movie, mostly because I’ve been waiting for it to hit home video (it didn’t play in a movie theatre anywhere near me during its brief theatrical run alongside the remastered original Phantasm). I want to be able to watch all five together in one sitting. Reviews for the movie have been hit and miss, but then that’s pretty much par for the course with the Phantasm franchise. Some people really like it, some people despise it, and plenty of people have no idea what the hell is going on. I like it, and I still have no idea what the hell is going on. Can’t wait to see this, and be on the lookout for my Phantasm review marathon in the near future.

Eliminators

Eliminators: This is the big hooha Scott Adkins action flick from WWE Studios where the former Wade Barrett co-stars alongside the modern martial arts superstar. If Adkins is involved it’s always a definite must see, and this looks pretty good, so that’s a boost. Why the hell hasn’t the WWE had Adkins sitting ringside on Raw yet? That seems like a no brainer to promote this thing.

ThePerfectWeapon

The Perfect Weapon: This is not the Jeff Speakman movie from the 1990’s, but is instead some sort of low budget sci-fi action flick from this year featuring Steven Seagal as a bad guy. Johnny Messner appears to be the hero of the story. The special effects in the trailer aren’t the greatest, but it still looks kind of cool in a way. I mean, how often do you see a low budget sci-fi action flick with Steven Seagal in it? Exactly. Very rentable.

TrashFire

Trash Fire: This is apparently some sort of low horror comedy deal starring Adrien Grenier of Entourage fame and Mathew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds. Sally Kirkland is also apparently in it (she’s in the trailer, at least). It looks okay, although I’ve never been a big fan of either Grenier or Entourage. Rentable.

Decommissioned

Decommissioned: Holy hooey Johnny Messner is in this, too, alongside Vinnie Jones, James “Gans, Albert Gans” Remar, and Michael Pare. This appears to be a low budget action thriller where Messner’s character is some sort of badass CIA operative forced to assassinate a high ranking government official for some reason. The car explosion in the trailer looks pretty good, so that’s a plus. And with that cast, this is a definite must see at some point. Why the heck don’t we get more movies like this every week? Makes no sense to me.

**

NASCAR and Indycar thoughts

JimmieJohnson2016SprintCupChampion

Well, the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is over and, for the seventh time in his career, Jimmie Johnson is the champion. I had a feeling that he would end up winning his seventh title when he made it into the final round of the Chase after winning at Martinsville. Having to start last Homestead wasn’t going to stop him. The only way Johnson was losing was via spectacular parts failure or massive accident. And with both Carl Edwards and Joey “I love Jesus” Logano looking for a reason to choke, how the hell was Johnson going to lose?

I really thought that the Gibbs cars, which kicked ass all year long, would be more of a factor at the end of the season and be serious title contenders. But when Gibbs satellite team Furniture Row and its driver Martin Truex flamed out I suspected that the whole team was done. Yes, Edwards and 2015 champion Kyle Busch were in the final four, but, again, Edwards was just looking for a reason to choke and Busch was going to need massive luck in order to win. What the hell happened with that team?

The 2016 season as a whole was okay. The on track racing was decent, but I still think that, outside of the big events on the schedule, that the Cup series needs to limit most of its events to 400 miles or less (300 miles would be ideal). And qualifying needs to change, too, to make getting into the race a big deal. Group qualifying sucks.

MonsterEnergyNASCAR

The big news coming out of the season ending banquet was the announcement that Monster Energy drink would take over as the title sponsor of the Cup series starting in 2017. It also sounds like that the Cup series might become the Premier Series starting in 2017, as the Monster Cup Series is apparently just too ridiculous to contemplate. I think that potentially winning the Monster Cup sounds awesome, but then I’m just one nerd in a sea of them. But is the Monster Energy Premier Series really any better than the Monster Cup? Not really.

Greg Biffle has apparently left the Roush Fenway team, leaving RFR with only two entries for 2017 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Trevor Bayne). Casey Mears has also apparently been replaced by Ty Dillon for 2017, which makes me think that the Geico team is about to become a Richard Childress Racing satellite team. What the heck is Biffle going to do now? I’m unaware of any major open seats in the Cup series at the moment. Would Biffle hook up with one of the smaller teams just to keep racing? Will Biffle go back to the Xfinity Series or the Camping World Truck Series, where the competition is a little less cut throat? Or has Biffle made enough money to just retire and disappear, maybe do some broadcasting stuff?

The banquet show from Las Vegas last Friday night was a goddamn disaster. The Sting performance was cool at the beginning, but then Jay Mohr absolutely bombed as the host. Mohr’s monologue was terrible, the show seemed to drag on forever, and very little of it seemed to gel. The only segments that worked were the “tribute” to Tony Stewart and the thing where Mohr parodied the Dale Earnhardt, Jr Nationwide commercials. Everything else sucked. I think it’s high time that the banquet have one of the NBC NASCAR analysts “host” the show and move on from the “somewhat major star hosting the show” thing.

NASCAR announced a few weeks back that Cup driver participation in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series would be limited in 2017. Cup drivers with five years of experience in Cup will be limited to 10 Xfinity and 7 Truck races. Cup drivers will also be banned from racing in Dash 4 Cash races and in the Homestead finale. I sort of like this rule, but I would have limited Cup driver participation even further to no more than five races in either Xfinity or the Truck series, with Homestead as the only race Cup drivers would be completely banned from. That seems like an easier scheme to follow. And we’ll see how long this rule lasts as I’m sure sponsorship will become harder to find for no-name drivers looking for a spot. Potential drivers will likely have to start bringing even more money than usual to each team.

TakumaSato

Over in Indycar, Takuma Sato has joined the Andretti Autosport team, with former AA driver Carlos Munoz taking over the car that Sato vacated at A.J. Foyt’s team. Foyt’s team is also set to become a Chevy team in 2017. Connor Daly is set for the second Foyt car, the one that Jack Hawksworth flamed out in in 2016.

It seems like the KV Racing team is either going to go out of business or merge with the Carlin Indy Lights team, with Kevin Kalkhoven (the “K” in the team) taking a much smaller interest in the team. I don’t think anyone has been named as a potential driver for the KV Carlin team, as Carlin’s Indy Lights driver Ed Jones is set to race for Dale Coyne’s team in 2017 alongside Sebastien Bourdais. Ii did read somewhere that Max Chilton, who ran Ganassi’s fourth car in 2016, might be in the running for the KV Carlin seat.

Ed Carpenter’s outfit will have JR Hildebrand as its main driver, replacing Josef Newgarden who will be driving for Roger Penske in 2017. No word, though, on who, if anyone, will drive Ed Carpenter’s car in the road and street course events (Carpenter is set to, once again, compete in all of the oval events in 2017).

ScottDixon

Chip Ganassi, who still hasn’t announced Scott Dixon’s main sponsor for 2017, apparently has a fourth car available to anyone with the money (or “budget”) to run it. I sort of figured that Max Chilton would be back in Ganassi’s fourth car since Chilton has major money at his disposal, but, as I said above, there’s a chance that Chilton might race for the KV Carlin team. Will Ganassi simply hold off on fielding the 8 car until Indy, or does someone out there have money that we haven’t heard of yet?

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, who will have Dancing with the Stars runner-up James Hinchcliffe and, I assume, Mikhail Aleshin in its two-car Indycar team, will apparently no longer compete in the Indy Lights Series in 2017. That has to be considered a major blow to that series as SPM fielded multiple entries for years. Who will pick up the slack for the Lights in 2017? Damned if I know. Will any of the Indycar teams not already competing in Lights decide to run a car or two? Andretti Autosport is still involved in Lights.

And what the heck is Juan Pablo Montoya doing? He’ll be running Indy for Penske, and that’s about it. He’ll probably do some sports car stuff, and I’d imagine, when he isn’t helping his son with his kart career in Europe, maybe Penske will allow Montoya do a few more races (like Belle Isle? Maybe Gateway since that’s a new race on the schedule?).

Man, this is going to be a brutal off season, but then the off season is always brutal. Daytona is in February (well, the 24 Hours of Daytona is sooner than that, but I’m not going to count that at the moment) and the first Indycar race isn’t until, shit, March. What the hell am I going to do until then?

Well, the Chili Bowl is in January. That always rocks.

**

Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 is here! Check out my reviews of the season so far below!

AshVsEvilDeadAsh

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

**

Who is this week’s Douchebag of the Week? Go here and find out!

**

Next Issue: Don “The Dragon” Wilson December continues with Inferno (aka Operation Cobra)!

**

Check out my review of david j. moore’s The Good, the Tough, and the Deadly here!

Check out my interview with the man hisself david j. moore here!

Check out the interview I did with the great Jino Kang here!

Check out my interview with character actor Vladimir Kulich here!

Check out my interview with martial artist and actor Paul Mormando here!

Check out my interview with director Michael Matteo Rossi here!

Check out my interview with actor Tyrone Magnus here!

Check out my interview with Hector Barron here!

Check out my interview with Jeffrey Orgill here!

**

Follow me on Twitter!

**

Well, I think that’ll be about it for now. Don’t forget to sign up with disqus if you want to comment on this article and any other 411 article. You know you want to, so just go do it.

B-movies rule. Always remember that.

Bloodfist II

Don “The Dragon” Wilson– Jake Raye
Rina Reyes– Mariella
Joe Mari Avellana– Su
Robert Marius– Dieter
Maurice Smith– Vinnie
Tim Baker– Sal Taylor
James Warring– John Jones
Richard Hill– Bobby Rose
Steve Rogers– Ernest Santana
Monsour Del Rosario– Tobo Castenerra
Manny Samson– Manny Rivera

Directed by Andy Blumenthal
Screenplay by Catherine Cyran and Henry Dominic

Distributed by Concorde Pictures, MGM/UA Home Entertainment, New Horizons Home Video, and New Concorde Home Entertainment

Rated R for violence, language, nudity, and some drug use
Runtime– 80 minutes

Buy it here or here