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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 »


Robert King (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Wilson ... Jake Raye (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
Joe Mari Avellana ... Kwong
Rob Kaman Rob Kaman ... Raton
Billy Blanks ... Black Rose
Cris Aguilar Cris Aguilar ... Chin Woo (as kris Aguilar and Chris Aguilar)
Michael Shaner Michael Shaner ... Baby Davies
Riley Bowman Riley Bowman ... Nancy
Marilyn Bautista Marilyn Bautista ... Angela
Kenneth Peerless Kenneth Peerless ... Hal
Vic Diaz ... Detective
Ned Hourani Ned Hourani ... Michael Raye
Félix Pascual Félix Pascual ... Beggar Lee
Edgardo Castañeda Edgardo Castañeda ... Tung Pin
Archie Ramos Archie Ramos ... Scavenger
Ronald Asinas Ronald Asinas ... Kwong's Brother


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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Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Fist See more »

Filming Locations:

Metro Manila, Philippines


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,132, 24 September 1989

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Did You Know?


The mountain that Don Wilson runs up is actually an active volcano, and the shot of Wilson standing at the summit was actually filmed at the volcano's vent. Wilson describes the filming as genuinely dangerous and claims he would not repeat the scene today. See more »


Jake Raye: My brother was in a motorcycle accident. He needed a kidney. Actually he was my half brother but I gave him a whole kidney. And you can't fight with one kidney, it's like suicide. So I had to give it up.
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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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Roger Corman's Thrilla in Manila
7 September 2004 | by RetroRogerSee all my reviews

First starring role for Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson, 'Bloodfist' is worth every penny of the $4.95 I spent on the bargain DVD.

Forget the critics. This is one of Roger Corman's earliest ventures into the martial arts genre, and, like much of the Corman library, there's lots of respectable bang for the few bucks spent on the production.

First, let's get past the name thing. Wilson has taken some smirks in the media for adding "The Dragon" to his name. But the man was just being pragmatic. I mean, do you remember the other Don Wilson? The paunchy, bulldog-jowled, middle-aged announcer on the old Jack Benny Show? Prior to 'Bloodfist', he was the only Don Wilson anyone had ever heard of in showbiz.

Would you have lined up at the box office for a martial arts movie starring that guy?

The Set-up: Wilson's half-brother is a prizefighter in a shady Manila fight club who ends up dead after winning a fixed fight.

Cut to Wilson back in sunny Southern Cal, who promptly explains to a bunch of grade school field trippers that he runs a gym, but does not box professionally because HE ONLY HAS ONE KIDNEY. He donated the other to his (late) half-brother. This begs the question: Why was the brother fighting? One assumes that he also had one kidney (the donated one), unless Wilson generously gave one of his away because he felt his brother should have two ...?

As in the best Corman films, the action takes over fast, and the field trip isn't even out of the building before Don gets the call that his brother's dead.

The Dragon hops the next thing smokin' to the Philippines, officially to claim the body, but I can't help thinking that in the back of his mind, Don didn't wonder just a little about getting that kidney back. Imagine his disappointment when the Manila officials open a green file cabinet and hand him an urn. Full of his brother's ashes. Including at least one powdered kidney. Nothing left but revenge, since we're already here.

Wilson promptly picks up a painter-slash-kickboxing trainer, a party animal-slash-kickboxer roommate, and a translator-slash-exotic dancer love interest. Which brings us to actress Riley Bowman, who plays the love interest. Where did this woman go? 'Bloodfist' was not only her first, but also her last movie. And Riley exhibited ... ample ... uh ... skills. Exactly the type of open-minded, halfway-talented actress that Corman employed again and again and again in his New Horizon and Concorde flicks. What a loss.

Oh, well. Back to the action. You get a great selection of tournament adversaries for Wilson, who also double as suspects in his brother's murder.

There's a little twist to the ending, tantamount to Burgess Meredith whupping the daylights out of Rocky Balboa.

Better than 'Swamp Women'. Close to the pleasures of 'Attack of the Giant Leeches' or the first remake of 'Not of This Earth' (the Traci Lords one). No self-respecting Corman fanatic should be without a copy of this. 'Bloodfist' is worth a B-movie 5 out of 10.

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