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Bloodsport 2 (1996)

After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there. Especially one of the guards, Demien, ... See full summary »

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Alan Mehrez

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Jeff Schechter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Bernhardt ... Alex Cardo
Pat Morita ... David Leung
Donald Gibb ... Ray 'Tiny' Jackson
James Hong ... Sun
Lori Lynn Dickerson Lori Lynn Dickerson ... Janine Elson
Philip Tan ... John
Ong Soo Han Ong Soo Han ... Demon
Nicholas Hill Nicholas Hill ... Sergio DaSilva (as Nick Hill)
Ron Hall Ron Hall ... Cliff
Master Hee Il Cho Master Hee Il Cho ... Head Judge
Lisa McCullough Lisa McCullough ... Kim Campbell
Chuay Chuay ... Chien
Steve Martinez Steve Martinez ... Referee
Jeff Wolfe ... Flash
Cliff Bernhardt Cliff Bernhardt ... Len
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Storyline

After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there. Especially one of the guards, Demien, feels upset by Alex appearance and tortures him as often as he gets the opportunity. Alex finds one friend and mentor in the jailhouse, Master Sun, who teaches him a superior fighting style called Iron Hand. When a 'best of the best kumite' is to take place, Demien gets an invitation. Now Master Sun and Alex need to find a way to let Alex take part in the kumite too. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Caught between honor and revenge, how far will one man go... See more »

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Action | Sport

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Rated R for non-stop martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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Gross USA:

$684,351
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Trivia

Though already a martial artist and owner of a dojo, Nicholas Hill hadn't been active in competition prior to his role in the movie. As a promotional gimmick, Hill gained entry to the second World Vale Tudo Championships, where he faced Pedro Rizzo in a no-holds-bared match. Whereas the promoters expected this to be a one-time event, Hill was eager to compete and thus initiated a six-year career as a professional cage fighter. See more »

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The sword that Alex steals at the beginning of the movie is curved with a tassel on the end. The sword that John sells back to him is a straight sword with a tassel on the end. See more »

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Alex Cardo: Police, John.
John: You set me up?
Alex Cardo: Ha ha, payback's a bitch, yah.
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Follows Bloodsport (1988) See more »

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Not as awesome as Bloodsport....but still good
25 November 2006 | by Happy_Evil_DudeSee all my reviews

Obviously, you will not like this movie if you did not like 1988's Bloodsport (though there ARE some cases where the sequel is better than the original). This review is thus addressed to those who liked Bloodsport and are wondering whether they should bother to watch Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite. My answer would be yes.

Sure, Jean-Claude Van Damme isn't here (Donald Gibb serves as the link between the two movies), but Daniel Bernhardt, as petty thief Alex Cardo who discovers the meaning of honor, makes for a likable, charismatic lead, who also bears somewhat of a resemblance with Jean-Claude.

Also interesting is the narration, told in flash-back by Alex Cardo's trainer, Master Sun (played by James Hong) to a throng of young disciples. In these moments in particular, Bloodsport II shows that it is completely aware of what kind of movie it is, that it does not aspire to be anything more, and even pokes fun at itself (see the excellent ending, for example).

In short, Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite is not as awesome as it's predecessor, but it does what it aspires to do: it gets the job done. The cinematography isn't as good here as the first time, making the fights less impressive, but they're good enough. The story and the fact that the movie changes location (from Hong Kong to Thailand), contribute to not make it a rehash of the original. The actors, from Daniel Bernhardt to Donald Gibb, passing by James Hong and Pat Morita, are just right. And just like in the first one, you may know exactly how it's going to end, but it's still a joy to watch.


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