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I watch most all of the Corman fare, and this film stands out. It's plot driven with great twists and turns. The last twenty minutes are top notch. This could easily have been a big studio picture. The characters have edge and attitude, and the female lead is strong from writing to performance. I definitely recommend buying this one.
The fifth "Bloodfist" entry, and the second one I've watched so far (after part "IV"). Playing an amnesiac is something of an "acting stretch" for Don "The Dragon" Wilson, but he admittedly does a pretty solid job in the role. He also receives good support from Steve James, Denice Duff and Michael Yama. The plot is interesting, it never stops moving and has lots of twists and turns, and the fight scenes are good, filmed in the same close-quarters, hard-hitting style of the previous "Bloodfist" entry, a style that is refreshing to see every once in a while. Of course, you shouldn't get your hopes up too high: this is only a very low-budget martial arts film, after all. But within its field, it's certainly better than you'd expect. (**)
Out of the first four Bloodfist movies, Part V is my favorite of them all. This one has plenty of twists and turns and the storyline gets very intense all the time. Don "The Dragon" Wilson plays an amnesiac fighter who seems to have a hard time trusting people. Someone he can trust, or someone to avoid. It hard to decide when your brain is like dice. He meets a young woman(Denice Duff) who helps him find out who not to trust and who he can trust. She has dual names, Candy and Michelle. And her character does get her into trouble when she was caught and tortured with some acupuncture needles. One to the cheek is minor, but the one under the left eye was too far! Jim(Wilson) rushes her to the hospital very frantic, and I liked the part where the doctor applied the pain-killer drops, and I know she'll be all right. Also this was one of the last films to actor Steve James(American Ninja 1,2,& 3). It was a shame that he played a heavy. Oh well, he did his part well. This movie has lots of action, twists and turns, and nothing was lost in the movie. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Given the nature of the Bloodfist series, it's easy to write them off
before even reading the blurb on the back of the box, however, doing so
with the fifth entry into this 'series' would be a big mistake for fans
of action flicks.
Now, apart from the first two, all of the Bloodfist movies have nothing to do with one another, asides the presence of C-Grade action star Don 'The Dragon' Wilson. While this makes you wonder why they even bother calling the movies Bloodfist, it also means, on the plus side, that this has nothing to do with the 4, rather lame, movies that preceded it.
Here Wilson stars as a man who wakes up from a near fatal shooting, suffering from amnesia, when a hooker named Candy pretends to be his wife and checks him out of hospital. It then becomes clear that whoever he is, he is a wanted man, as Chinese black market goons and NSA agents are all pursuing him, in a plot involving some 'lost' plutonium missile cores.
Giving away much of the plot would be a damn shame, because this is easily one of the best written Direct-to-video action movies I've ever seen, and it's finally a flick Wilson can be proud of. He gets several chances to display his kick-boxing prowess, and the late Steve James shows up in a different, but well performed role.
If you like low budget action movies, I would greatly recommend giving this a chance, it may well be Wilson's best movie, and it's got a more exciting plot than most recent Hollywood attempts at an action flick.
I just watched the new DVD version of "Bloodfist V" and was completely surprised. I usually cringe at the thought of kickboxing flicks but this one has such a cool story that I was riveted to the screen. The acting, writing, directing, and production value were top notch. This one did not disappoint. Check it out on DVD if you can.
I took a peculiar interested in Don "The Dragon" Wilson a few years ago and
sat down and rented all of his movies (although I still haven't seen
Bloodfist VIII), and this is IMHO the best. OK, let's admit what we
know about the Bloodfist series: Don is not the greatest actor, the
is more conventional (I suppose some might say real) than in Hong Kong
and the plot's are pretty thin -- especially since none of the Bloodfist
movies are related except that Don Wilson stars in all of them. It's just
that there's something so easygoing and likeable about "the Dragon" that
keep coming back for more!
This one at least has a decent plot with some nice twists as Don must recover his memory before getting snuffed by the cops, the mob...or both! The final twist is far-fetched but fun. Overall, a solid effort.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In this fifth instalment of the unconnected long running series, real
life martial artist Don "The Dragon" Wilson stars as a man who awakens
in a hospital from a coma, but whom is suffering from amnesia with no
memory as to whom or what he was before his amnesia (oddly though he
doesn't forget he's a martial artists & wastes no time putting the
fists & the feet to those who get in his way). After a few weeks
getting rehabilitated, he is checked out of the hospital by a woman
named Candy, who claims to be his wife. However once back out in the
streets, he becomes an immediate target for various suits, some of whom
are terrorists, some of whom may also be NSA agents but who is who? he
soon discovers that he actually has in his possession, some stolen
plutonium & learns he is actually a terrorist named JAMES STANTON
working for a Chinese terrorist group, however upon capture by the NSA,
he soon learns he really works for the NSA, whose head agent claims
he's an undercover agent working for them under the assumed name of
James Stanton, to take down the Chinese terrorists, whose ranks he's
infiltrated & that his real name is JIM WILKS, before he can learn
more, the terrorists enter the undercover office & blow away all the
agents, with James & Candy barely escaping the carnage. Upon further
investigations he soon learns that a few things don't add up & that his
name really is James Stanton working under the undercover name Michael
Wilks to fool the NSA or is that a lie? So is he Michael Wilks or James
Stanton, agent or terrorist? confused? I guess you know how this guy
feels as he tries to figure out this confusing & very dangerous puzzle.
He also soon discovers that Candy may or may not be who she says she is
& may know a lot more than she's letting on.
BLOODFIST 5: HUMAN TARGET is a highly enjoyable entry in what has so far been a really entertaining (unconnected) series of films & BLOODFIST 5, has to be one of the best if not the best instalment the series has to offer so far! The plot is very engaging & really fun, adding a mystery angle to the usual B movie action plot & let me tell you the action does not disappoint & there's plenty of it here to fuel several action movies! The film bares a similar plot (in some ways) to Part IV, with the main hero on the run & trying to prove his innocence, while not knowing who to trust, since the people who may be undercover agents might be bad guys & those whom he's running from, that he thinks is bad guys, could really be undercover agents seeking to help him & the fact that he has nuclear weapons in his possession, that both sides want & his attempt to save his life from those who seek to kill him, while trying to clear his name & save the female heroine whom he meets & assists him on his journey. The film is well directed by JEFF YONIS who keeps the film moving at a pretty quick pace & always manages to keep the viewer engaged in it's plot, as they try to solve the mystery surround Wilson's character, is he good or is he evil? are the people who are saying they're his friends really his friends? or do they have other agendas? Are the enemies pursuing him really trying to save him or kill him? What is his real name? is he a terrorist? an undercover agent? is he married or not married? the action sequences are well staged & choreographed & captured at all the right angles & there's plenty of shootouts & other action set pieces on hand here, so action fans will no doubt be satisfied. The acting is pretty decent as well & the film has arguably the best plot out of any of the films in the series & is really interesting & features a nice plot twist on the usual direct to video B movie. Like the first four films, the film also contains a couple of real life martial artists, such as DANNY LOPEZ (I.A.B.A. Middle Weight World Kickboxing Champion). Produced by B movie king ROGER CORMAN.
All in all, I highly recommend this to any & all action movie fans! Followed by another unrelated sequel: BLOODFIST VI: GROUND ZERO
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Chinese arms dealer James Stanton is shot in the head whilst trying to
escape an NSA interrogation room & sent to the hospital. He wakes up a
few days later with no memory. When the NSA Division Chief discovers
this, he decides to use Stanton as bait for his former employer by
making him think that he works for the NSA, even roping in one of his
fellow agents as a guide. But when the NSA outpost they are based in is
attacked by terrorists, Stanton & the female agent go on the run.
The Bloodfist series was one of the 1990s' most prolific & enduring B-grade action franchises. Which is somewhat surprising since the series started with a cheap knock-off of Van Damme's early works, only with real martial artists cast in the film, then changed to prison flick (the underrated BLOODFIST III: FORCED TO FIGHT, which was the best entry in the series) to generic action. Bloodfist V: Human Target is the second film in the series to be made under the 'generic action' genre banner.
To put it in simple terms, this sequel is better than the previous entry Bloodfist IV: Die Trying despite still having to contend with a weak plot. Although this time, the film's director Jeff Yonis manages to adapt the script to a reasonable degree of success. As with Die Trying, the focus is on terrorists wanting nuclear weapons, this time trying to obtain a container of plutonium that a rogue government employee is selling on the black market & only the amnesiac arms buyer hero can stop them. What makes this one different from the previous entry is that the plot twists, when they do come, are reasonably effective, although anyone with a sharp eye will notice the inconsistencies in the cover stories the agents use on Wilson's hero. Also of particular note is that Wilson is actually playing a bad guy for once in the series, although a bad guy that turns good soon enough.
The action scenes are filled with martial arts & gunplay but are not as brutal as previous films had it. The terrorist attack on the NSA junkyard outpost is probably the closest the film comes to approximating the violent cheese of the previous films but it is not too effective in the long run. As the hero, Don "The Dragon" Wilson does his usual thing but is still hamstrung by his annoyed demeanor. The late Steve James adds some class as the NSA agent in charge of the covert operation & Denice Duff does more than being simply eye-candy.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jim Stanton (The Dragon) is a thug working for a crime syndicate...or
is he? After a gunshot wound to the head, Stanton loses his memory.
While trying to put back the pieces of his life, he runs into Candy
(Duff), a streetwise young woman who seems to share Stanton's concerns
about what his past life may have been. Soon they go on the run, trying
to figure out why people like Marcus (James) and Agent Blake (Stark)
are inserting themselves in, and disrupting, their lives. After many
twists and turns, Stanton gets to the truth...but will it be too late?
We love Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Steve James, so naturally we were
excited to see this movie. Unfortunately, in our opinion, it's one of
the weakest in the Bloodfist series. The plot is so disjointed, it's
impossible to have any investment in the characters and their plight.
It just adds layer upon layer of dumb, unwarranted plot twists, like
some nonsense about plutonium once we're already deep into the movie.
It falls into the same traps many movies fall into, with an annoying
kid/woman, this time the Denice Duff character. From a visual
perspective, it's way too dark and pseudo-stylish. We're glad you were
trying to dazzle us with your style, but we can't SEE anything, so
what's the point? The low budget is plainly obvious in threadbare set
design of just blank walls with no decoration.
We're truly sorry to be so harsh, that's not normally "us", but we're disappointed. There are some positives, however: Joe Son yelling and shooting a machine gun, the Steve James/Don The Dragon fight which was nice to see, the musical theme which sounds exactly like the MASH theme song "Suicide is Painless", and the fact that this is an ideal role for Don - because of his amnesiac status, he can look as confused, stunned and out-of-it as he wants, and it actually works towards the plot. But sadly, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is a waste of Steve James' talent (and heartbreakingly, his last movie role before his untimely death) - and even Don's awesome long hair doesn't last and he gets a haircut.
Although Don forgets everything, thankfully he doesn't forget how to do Martial Arts. That part of his brain remained intact. And while Joe Son is credited as "Beefy", no one ever calls him that on screen. So many wasted opportunities. Well, except for the time-honored opportunity Don takes to get unnecessarily shirtless, an opportunity he seems to take as often as he can. But either because this movie has a conscience, or because it was Corman policy, the movie doesn't go on too long, it's around 80 minutes. So there's some mercy there.
Bloodfist V: Human Target sadly goes in the "disappointment" column. We recommend spending your time elsewhere.
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Don Wilson and Steve James join forces to deliver one of the stupider
entries of the series, this time Don has amnesia and so he has to find
out who is trying to kill him and who is on his side, however being
that he has mobsters and agents dogging him, he just beats them all up
in the process. Bloodfist V is so amazingly awful it defies mere words.
Literly this movie is so utterly brainless that you can actually feel
your brain evaporate into a cloud of smoke. Well let's address the
plot. Don Wilson is amnesiac in the first place due to being shot in
the head, now i'm no expert on being shot in the head (Because i've
never been shot in the head) but i'm guessing that memory loss from a
gunshot would also include losing your coordination, ability to speak
or walk and so on. Wilson is basically inhuman and for me it was dull
to watch. Also for some reason the movie tries to provide twists that
any viewer will see miles away, it is almost as if we too are one of
the henchmen who know everything that Wilson doesn't but yet the movie
goes on, as if we are clueless to the ridiculous approach. Worst of all
is that it is never made clear whether Wilson was an undercover agent
or if he was a bad guy. I for one didn't care after the 15 minute mark.
* out of 4-(Bad)
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