Especially the direct-to-video action productions from the 80’s and 90’s contain a high density of cast members in leading and supporting roles that did not have any acting training beforehand. Instead, they got their parts because of their martial arts skills in order to act in physically demanding but artistically unchallenging works. The short career of pro thai boxing champion Dale Cook is a good example for that. In only four years, Cook fought his way through nine films that all followed the same recipe: a lot of fighting and very few story-telling. However, since that business model worked out fine financially in the high times of the industry, who’s to criticize for it? And to be honest, it’s debatable whether we’re better off nowadays with mockbusters by The Asylum…
In Blood Ring 2, Cook’s character Max Rivers has its second and last appearance. Looking at the randomness of the story elements, that’s not a real loss for anyone liking even low-budget action movies. It’s the plot of the righteous fighter who kills a gangster boss and has to go to jail where he has to fight off other inmates and sadistic guards. Just as the predecessing film, the sequel had to be cut in the UK before the BBFC granted its “18” classification. Nowadays, it’s safe to assume that such cuts wouldn’t be necessary but the film isn’t exactly a hot candidate for a re-release any time soon.
Compared are the censored BBFC 18 VHS (by M.I.A. Video) and the uncensored, German FSK 18 VHS (by New East Video).
2 cuts = 40 seconds
0:05:50: Max grabs some barbed wire and kicks Marugo one more time. He then wraps the wire around Marugo’s neck, pulls him up and throws him into the ropes. Marugo screams in pain and just hangs there until Max pulls him away again. Marugo lands hard on the ring floor and lies there without any movement.
0:06:52: Again we see the knocked-out Marugo.