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Bloodfist (1989)

Don Wilson plays retired kickboxer Jake Raye, who travels to Manila, where his brother is favored to win a kickboxing competition. His brother is killed, and Jake realizes he must enter the... See full summary »

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Jake Raye (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
Joe Mari Avellana ...
Kwong
Rob Kaman ...
Raton
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Black Rose
Cris Aguilar ...
Chin Woo (as kris Aguilar and Chris Aguilar)
Michael Shaner ...
Baby Davies
Riley Bowman ...
Nancy
Marilyn Bautista ...
Angela
Kenneth Peerless ...
Hal
Vic Diaz ...
Detective
Ned Hourani ...
Michael Raye
Félix Pascual ...
Beggar Lee
Edgardo Castañeda ...
Tung Pin
Archie Ramos ...
Scavenger
Ronald Asinas ...
Kwong's Brother
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Don Wilson plays retired kickboxer Jake Raye, who travels to Manila, where his brother is favored to win a kickboxing competition. His brother is killed, and Jake realizes he must enter the competition himself to flush out his brother's killer. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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22 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,770,082 (USA)
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Trivia

Out of all 9 Bloodfist films, Bloodfist II (1990) is the only sequel that has any connection to this first film as Don Wilson plays the same character Jake Raye. All the other sequels (except for the Wilson-less Bloodfist 2050) have Don 'The Dragon' Wilson playing different characters. See more »

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Jake Raye: So baby's your-a nickname?
Baby Davies: No. Baby's my real name. My parents argue all the time. Couldn't agree on what to call me!
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The first four credits that appear on the screen are world championship kickboxers, and under their names are the honors/awards they received. See more »

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Followed by Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992) See more »

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Fast, Cheap and Fun
3 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bloodfist (1989)

** (out of 4)

THE KARATE KID meets KICKBOXER Roger Corman style in this 80's cult favorite. Don 'The Dragon' Wilson plays Jake Raye, a retired fighter who travels to the Philipeans to get his brothers ashes and seek vengeance against his killer. He ends up getting involved in a kickboxer tournament and ends up falling for a big-breasted blonde. If you're looking for an uplifting story or a heart felt drama then it's best you go somewhere else. BLOODFIST, the first of (so far) nine films, is 100% exploitation and you get pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this. It's fast, cheap, questionably made but the most important thing is that it's at least fun. I thought Wilson was pretty good in the lead role and while he really wasn't required to give a "performance," I thought his skill as an athlete was on full display. He really makes for a good hero and he managed to be very entertaining during the fight scenes. The supporting players really aren't all that memorable but you Billy Blanks fans should be happy. The fighting scenes are entertaining but at the same time there's no denying that they were all cheaply done and quite often you have to wonder what the editor was doing. Some of the editing is quite sloppy but I'm going to guess this was due to how much footage was shot and him having to try and piece it together the best he could. For the exploitation factor there's some nudity as well but really not as much as you'd expect to find in a Corman-produced film. There's no question that the film was cheaply produced and it's not going to be mistaken for a classic but fans of cheap action films should at least get some mild entertainment from it.


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