When I was a kid growing up, I was a huge fan of Jean Claude Van Damme and all of his films. I have been becoming a huge fan of Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) as of late so when I saw that he was starring in Hard Target 2 which is the sequel to Van Damme’s film, I decided to watch it for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Wes Baylor (Adkins) is one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts, but when he kills his best friend in the ring during a match, he can’t handle the guilt so he quits. After disappearing and taking underground fights in Thailand, he is contacted by a business man offering him a big payday. There’s only one catch, he is to be hunted by a group of rich hunters. If he can make it to the border he lives, but if he doesn’t he dies. The film also stars Robert Knepper (Hitman) as Aldrich, Rhona Mitra (The Number 23) as Sofia, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith) as Madden, Ann Truong (Hunters) as Tha, Adam Saunders (Blue Water High) as Esparto, Peter Hardy (Chopper) as Jacob Zimling, Sean Keenan (Strangerland) as Tobias Zimling, and the film was directed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2). To the see the rest of the review and all of the states, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
One of my favorite Martial Arts films from 2012 was The Man With The Iron Fists which starred Wu-Tang Clan member and now actor RZA (Brick Mansions) as Thaddeus, the man with the iron fists. The film was an ode to the old martial arts films about Shaolin monks and he is back for the sequel The Man With The Iron Fists 2. Thaddeus is now sort of a man on the run, but from his past. He is trying to make it to a temple so that he can ask for forgiveness and cleanse his soul of the violence. He takes a detour when he is attacked and found by some mining villagers who have a problem of their own. The villagers are being controlled by an evil man and villagers are dying left and right. So, with Thaddeus’s help, the villagers leader Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) will revolt against the evil faction to gain their freedom. The film also stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat) as Mayor Zhang, Kowit Wattanakul (Only God Forgives) as Jia Hang, Grace Huang (The Man With The Iron Fists) as Gemini Female, Pim Bubear (Ninja II) as Innocence, Carl Ng (New Police Story) as Master Ho, Charlie Ruedpokanon (Only God Forgives) as Li Guang, and the film was directed by Roel Reine (The Marine 2). To see the stats and the review of the film, please visit the site here.