Fist 2 Fist II: Weapon of Choice (2014)

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This in-name sequel to the 2011 martial arts action film brings back Hapkido master Jino Kang, but sadly if compared to the first one, it’s a disappointment.

Jack Lee is an ex-assassin who used to work for mob boss Michael Banducci . However, after an assignment of wiping out a Triad boss and his men, Jack has retired and raised his niece Jamie as his own child after the death of his sister and brother-in-law.

Six years has passed and Jack has settled down raising Jamie while working as a legitimate businessman. However, one night, Jack’s life changes forever when a group of masked men kidnaps Jamie, leaving Jack to take out who is left. When Jack discovers that the last remaining masked man is a former comrade of his, Jack comes to the realization that his former, Banducci, is responsible. With the aid of police detective Ash , Jack must rely on his old skills to retrieve Jamie, no matter the cost.

Hapkido master Jino Kang co-wrote and co-directed this film with his editor, Tony Urgo. As much as this reviewer wanted to like it, the film is not as good as its predecessor. Had they not used the Fist 2 Fist name to capitalize on Kang, it still wouldn’t make much of a difference. It is not that Kang is a bad actor, but it is obvious the film is truly flawed in its execution due to the fact that is it a routine action film about a former hitman forced into action when his niece is kidnapped.

Even the villains of the film were not too convincing throughout the film. Banducci comes off as a Bud Bundy lookalike that doesn’t really have a reason for Jack to go back to his way that is not convincing and his number one man, Orloff (played by stunt coordinator Armen Mishin) is pretty much robotic in his performance. The two lead females pull off more convincing performances with Katherine Cielo as a hard-boiled detective who eventually becomes Jack’s love interest while Kelly Lee Dennis (who has a bit of a resemblance to Hong Kong starlet Kelly Lin) does well as the ticked off kidnap victim, who even gets a bit of action herself.

Kang himself choreographed the film’s fight scenes and the opening scene could have been done well with the right amount of camera angles and editing. Sadly, quick cuts and close ups plagued the quality of that fight. The film’s only redeeming factor, and that is saying it mildly, is the final set action piece where Kang goes after Banducci once and for all and to do so, he must fight his way through various fighters of different styles. Kang takes on the like of wushu experts, a staff fighter, and fighters skilled in bushido. What has to be said, which is laughable, is that the credits mention some of the styles used in the film with one credit of a few stunt fighters reading “just fighting”. And that’s being literal.

If you are curious to see Jino Kang’s latest, that’s fine, but this reviewer says Fist 2 Fist II: Weapon of Choice, is a pretty big disappointment compared to its fight-heavy predecessor. Only see the film for perhaps the final action piece, but other than that, it’s pretty much safe to say, avoid this “film of choice”.

WFG RATING: D

A Black Belt Productions LLC Production. Directors: Jino Kang and Tony Urgo. Producer: Jino Kang. Writers: Jino Kang and Tony Urgo. Cinematography: Eric Gustafson. Editing: Tony Urgo.

Cast: Jino Kang, Douglas Olsson, Katherine Celio, Artem Mishin, Kelly Lou Dennis, Don Williams, John Carney, Steven Menasche, Robert D. Parham.

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