The Gratuitous B-Movie Column 7.14.14 Issue #315: Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz on 07.14.2014
July: A Month of Chuck Norris continues with the 1985 sequel/prequel Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, plus a TV Quick Hit, two new batches of Things to Watch Out For This Week, a new B-Movie Babe is named and more!
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Issue #315: Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
The 3rd Annual July: A Month of Chuck Norris: Week 3
Hello, everyone, and welcome once again to the internets movie review column that isn't interested in cheeseburgers because they're gross, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column, and I am your host Bryan Kristopowitz. In this issue, issue number three hundred and fifteen, The 3rd Annual July: A Month of Chuck Norris continues with the 1985 sequel/prequel to 1984's Chuck Norris flick Missing in Action, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning.
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, directed by Lance Hool, is probably the closest thing Chuck Norris has done to a straight drama outside of the first Missing in Action flick (which I reviewed as part of last year'sJuly: A Month of Chuck Norris.The Bells of Innocence is essentially a drama, too, but that movie is just awful and I don't consider it an official Chuck Norris movie). The first three fourths of the movie is chock full of Norris and his fellow cast mates being tortured and, well, acting. The Beginning doesn't become an action movie until the end, when Norris' Braddock decides to stop taking shit and starts giving it.
Now, according to various sources on the internets and whatnot (like Wikipedia and imdb.com), Missing in Action 2 was filmed before or at the same time as Missing in Action. I tend to think that it was made before the first Missing in Action and was transformed into the sequel/prequel because it wasn't as action packed as the Cannon Films people needed it to be. And I'm willing to bet that someone at Cannon flipped out when, after watching the finished movie, they saw that Chuck Norris was not kicking ass and taking names from the beginning of the movie until the end. Chuck was vulnerable and immobile and getting his ass kicked. That can't happen in a Chuck Norris movie.
So the movie starts out in Vietnam in 1972, when Chuck's Colonel James Braddock hitches a ride on a helicopter that's headed towards Cambodia (Braddock needs to meet with some recon people about something incredibly important). While en route to Cambodia Braddock decides to help out an American squad getting destroyed on the ground below. Braddock's chopper is attacked and everyone onboard is captured (we see the four guys he's captured with via freeze frame. They are Captain David Nester, as played by the great Steven Williams; Anthony Mazilli, as played by Cosie Costa; Opelka, as played by Joe Michael Terry, and Franklin, as played by John Wesley). The movie then shifts to several years in the future where Braddock and the others are stuck in a prison camp led by the evil Colonel Yin (Soon-Teck Oh, who we saw earlier this month in Good Guys Wear Black). I'm confused as to when the prison camp part of the movie actually takes place. If we are to believe the movie it takes place roughly ten years into the future, in 1982, but if you look at Braddock: Missing in Action III part 2 can't possibly take place in 1982 as Braddock starts out in 1973. So what the heck is going on here? Could we actually be seeing what amounts to one year of unending hell for Braddock and his comrades or did the fine folks at Cannon simply forget the timeline they already established when they decided to make Braddock? I have a feeling that it's the "we forgot" thing (I'm also pretty sure that Braddock is only a few years out of prison at the beginning of Missing in Action, which would fit with that movie's "Vietnam still has American POWs years after the end of the war" story. So, yeah, this is all very confusing and someone needs to fix it).
So life is hell for the Americans in the camp. They do back breaking field work day in and day out, have to stand in the brutal sun for hours on end, and, every so often, are mercilessly tortured by Yin and his henchmen (Dou Chou, as played by the evil ninja in Ninja III: The Domination David Chung, and Lau, as played by Eye for an Eye killer Professor Toru Tanaka). Yin keeps telling the Americans that their country has forgotten them, that they are going to eventually die in the camp (because no one escapes!), and that this whole thing will end as soon as their leader, Colonel Braddock, admits to committing war crimes. Braddock refuses, and most of his men back his decision (Nester is the only one who doesn't. In fact, Nester decides to abandon his fellow soldiers and become a VC sympathizer). There are other prisoners at the camp, too, mostly South Vietnamese army guys like Captain Ho (Bennett Ohta). They, too, are subjected to forced labor, torture, and general humiliation, although presumably not as bad as the Americans (the movie doesn't show).
So how the heck is this camp still in operation ten years after the end of the war? Colonel Yin is in league with Francois (Pierre Issot), a major opium dealer that uses the camp to grow product. Francois tends to show up once a week via stolen American Army chopper and delivers various supplies (food, weapons, prostitutes) and then takes opium out of the camp. It's an arrangement that's beneficial to both Yin and Francois, but everything changes when Emerson (Christopher Cary), a lone POW hunter finds the camp and claims that he's part of an international group looking for POWs. Yin freaks out and wants to know what the hell is going on. It's at this point that Braddock finally decides that he's had enough of this POW shit and he's going to start kicking ass.
He's had to watch his men die (he watches one guy get set on fire. He's been beaten to near death numerous times. He's forced to kill a rat with his teeth while hanging upside down with a hood over his head. And he's had enough of being summoned to Yin's quarters to be told that his wife hates him/is divorcing him/etc.
Missing in Action 2 is hampered a bit by its "Vietnam still has American POWs ten years after the end of the war" story because, even though what the American and other prisoners are going through is awful and horrendous and terrible there's no sense of danger or even urgency to the plot. It's just a slog day in and day out. That may be indicative of what real American POWs went through in POW camps but it doesn't necessarily make for an interesting movie, at least not here. If the movie had made the prisoner experience shorter perhaps then the movie would have had a sense of urgency to it. For people trapped in a POW camp for a decade the Americans, while obviously tired, seem pretty healthy (shouldn't they be thinner and nastier looking?). And I find it hard to believe that Braddock would allow himself to be a POW for more than a year at most. I mean, wouldn't he have tried to destroy his captors almost immediately?
And then there's the Nester problem. He's clearly a traitor, but Braddock doesn't want to kick his ass. Why? Does he know that Nester is a broken man and that he can't help himself? Does Braddock just not have the energy to kick the crap out of Nester?
The performances are generally good throughout. It's weird seeing Norris as a broken man but then it's also interesting to see him play a character who isn't in total control at every moment. Soon-Teck Oh is a complete bastard as Colonel Yin. We never get a sense of why he's such a bastard, but then we don't really need to see it. Yin is so completely evil you get the sense that he doesn't have an outside life beyond the camp. And that chair with wheels he makes his henchmen carry him around in is pretty terrible (only a supreme asshole would ride in that thing).
Williams is amazing as Nester. He's a total jerk, sure, but you end up understanding why he decided to turn on his comrades and you end up kind of liking him (not everyone can be stoic and strong. Some people do sell out). I think you'll also cheer when you see which side, in the end, he falls on.
Cosie Costa does an okay job as Mazilli. Mazilli is a bit of a war movie cliché, but you don't want to see him hurt (how can you hate a guy who has a pet chicken?). And John Wesley does a good job as Franklin, a guy who ends up getting malaria. That's no way to exist as a POW.
And Christopher Cary is outstanding as Emerson the Australian POW hunter. He isn't in the movie long enough, but the stuff we do get to see from him is top notch stuff. He has a great death scene, too (it's incredibly vicious).
Norris and Soon-Teck Oh hare great hero/villain chemistry, and their final confrontation is a thing of action movie beauty. Why didn't Oh get more straight-up villain work after this movie came out? He could have easily been a super villain in any number of movies, Cannon and non-Cannon. I just wish the movie overall had a better and bigger sense of urgency about it. It's just too sloggy for its own good. It's still worth seeing, though. I want to commend director Hool for including the scenes with the flamethrower. Yu just don't see that kind of thing often enough for me.
See Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. See it, see it, see it. Just don't be surprised if you're a little confused by it timeline wise.
So what do we have here?
Dead bodies: 20 or so.
Explosions: Multiple, both big and small.
Nudity?: Only if you count the scene where Bennett Ohta's Captain Ho is forced to drop his pants and expose his bare ass to the world. I don't want to but I guess I have to. Ha.
Doobage: A chopper mission, slow motion blowing up the enemy, Chuck Norris taking command, multiple freeze frames, exploding chopper, a worm, attempted escape with flamethrower attack, spikes through the chest, a hole in the ground, fake torture, multiple beatings, a prisoner brawl with impromptu gambling, a chain choke, a very bloody mouth, beer, a man is hung upside down with a hood over his head and a rat inside the hood, rat eating, prostitutes, drug dealing, picture taking, a vicious bullet to the head in slow motion, a drug overdose, a man is burned alive, neck snap, urinating into a bowl, a big wooden bridge, more flamethrower attacks, total bridge destruction, exploding arms hut, a grenade booby trap, guy falling down a waterfall, a guy jumps out of a tree and delivers a gigantic kick to the face, exploding underground house, a piece of bamboo used as a snorkel, a scheme, more grenade attacks, wooden pole through the gut, a final martial arts battle, a bloody nose, a gross rib break, and an exploding hut.
Kim Richards?: None.
Gratuitous: Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris with a mustache, Chuck Norris in Vietnam, Steven Williams, news footage of an American government ceremony for Vietnam War dead that apparently took place in 1982, Ronald Reagan, a guy with a pet chicken, Professor Toru Tanaka, beer, drug dealing French guy, a funny Australian, malaria, flamethrower attacks, Chuck Norris with an Uzi, an attempted scheme, multiple grenade attacks, and a final martial arts battle.
Best lines: "Colonel Yen, you may not give a damn about the Geneva Convention, but some day you will be held accountable!," "Back off, Nester," "You lose," "See what happens when one doesn't follow my direction immediately? You lose," "I don't have malaria," "You're right. You are responsible," "When do you aim to kill the Americans?," "I don't know anything about any bloody World Series! I'm Australian!," "Is this an American funeral rite?," "I'm afraid I gave poor Franklin such an overdose of opium that he could walk from here to Los Angeles and it would not do him any good," "Hey, Mazilli, anything you want me to tell your kid?," "I knew you could not resist my challenge," "Colonel Yin, for the atrocities inflicted on the Vietnamese and American prisoners of this camp I sentence you to death," "The game's over," and "This is for me."
Next week: The 3rd Annual July: A Month of Chuck Norris continues with The Delta Force (1986)!
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-Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson stars in this low budget sci-fi horror flick that seemed to have some slight Oscar buzz when it came out earlier this year. It didn't have a big theatrical release but it did play in a few places outside of the big cities so there's a chance you may have had a chance to see it. I didn't, so I'll definitely have to check out this DVD at some point. Does Johansson deserve Oscar consideration for this movie? Anyone out there have an opinion?
-Scanners Criterion Collection: This classic David Cronenberg sci-fi horror flick is getting the Criterion Collection treatment, which means we're in store for some killer extras and a spectacular presentation. I haven't seen this movie in several years, so this release is a good reason to see it again. Wouldn't it be cool if the various sequel, including the two Scanner Cop movies, got the Criterion treatment in the future? You know it would be.
-Hercules Reborn: The fine folks at The Asylum are releasing this low budget Greek myth epic to coincide with the upcoming Hercules flick starring The Rock. The Asylum managed to snag former WWE star John Morrison to headline its movie. I think that's a bit of a coup. Morrison has star potential.
-Road to Paloma: Jason Momoa stars, co-writes, and directs this drama that, based on the review I read in The New York Times, isn't a badass action drama but is a drama that' kind of dark and has some action in it. WWE Studios is co-releasing the movie along with Anchor Bay, so be aware that this movie, while it looks kind of good, probably isn't the movie it seems/should be. Momoa deserves a franchise. Why isn't he an Expendable?
-Black Dynamite Season 1: This hilariously awesome Adult Swim cartoon of the classic Blaxploitation spoof by Michael Jai White is an absolute must have. My favorite episode is the one where Black Dynamite has to back to Vietnam to deal with a cannibalistic Mr. T. And the one with Elvis is also a hoot. Is Adult Swim producing a second season? Anyone out there know?
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column B-Movie Theme of the Week
TV Quick Hits
-2014 Emmy Nominations thoughts: The Emmy Nominations are out and I'm not surprised in the least about any of them. Cable and Netflix are fully in charge of the major drama categories and it looks like HBO's True Detective is set to run the table for the awards it's nominated for. TD probably won't win everything under the sun, but the prospect of it sure doesn't make me all that enthusiastic about the show. I'm bored with the pseudo cause crap that goes along with shows like True Detective and Netflix's comedy Orange is the New Black. I haven't watched either show and I'm sure they're both great, but are they really the best shows in the world of television? Is the buzz that surrounds them entirely warranted?
Some major critics were shocked that The Good Wife was shut out of the Best Drama category. I wasn't as that show's cache is several years over. I was surprised that Scandal didn't get a Best Drama nom, mostly because everyone is still in love with star Kerry Washington. I love Washington but I find Scandal to be incredibly boring. Washington may have a shot at winning Best Actress, but then I thought that would happen last year and it didn't.
Why wasn't The Walking Dead nominated for Best Drama? How can a show keep appearing on various "best of TV" lists and get absolutely no major awards love? Why does the TV academy hate this show? It can't be a horror thing as American Horror Story, which actually has Horror in the title of the show, is once again nominated for several major awards. And it can't be a gore thing as Game of Thrones is nominated all over the place and that show is gory as fuck. So what the hell is wrong with The Walking Dead? Will it start getting awards recognition when Mad Men finally leaves the stage?
Why didn't James Spader get a nomination for The Blacklist? Isn't he doing top notch work?
On the comedy side, I wouldn't be surprised if Modern Family wins Best Comedy again, although I wouldn't be surprised if Orange is the New Black wins. Louie and The Big Bang Theory will likely be shut out, but Louis C.K. could have a shot at some of the writing categories. Some people seem to be questioning the continued nomination of Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie as that show, I guess, isn't really a comedy (I think I read in the NYT that Falco keeps getting nominated because Nurse Jackie is a 30 minute show and most comedies are 30 minutes).
Silicon Valley got a Best Comedy nomination. That's cool. So did Veep, which is just awful. I just find that show tiresome.
And everyone seems to be pulling for Amy Poehler to win Best Actress. I'm not, mostly because I don't want to live through the whole "she finally did it!" crapola that will no doubt ensue in the days afterwards. I hate that stuff. Melissa McCarthy also got nominated for Mike & Molly. This past season was the least funny of the show so far, mostly because of the change in direction for McCarthy's Molly character (it also wasn't wise to make Molly the lead character on the show without first giving her something interesting to do. She's a writer now? Who the fuck cares? Wouldn't it have been more interesting if the show had Molly chase her writing dreams while still being a public school teacher? Of course it would have been).
Why aren't network drama shows more competitive with the cable and now internets shows? Is it really all about nudity and swearing and violence? And how long will it take for cable to start dominating the comedy category? And why isn't anyone demanding to know why Girls isn't more prominent in the awards rundown? Does TV hate women?
And how about this: when will the Emmy show move to cable? When will the broadcast networks say "if we're not in the running for any of these awards why the hell are we giving these cable people free advertising?" I mean, yeah, the companies that own the broadcast networks also own most of the cable channels so it's not like anyone is losing any real money in the big scheme of things. But, again, will the broadcast people eventually just opt out of this thing and maybe create their own awards show?
The Primetime Emmy show airs August 25th on NBC. Seth Meyers will be the host. Will he do a "Weekend Update" bit since the show will be on NBC and Amy Poehler will be in the building?
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column B-Movie Babe of the Week: Scarlett Johansson
Things to Watch Out For This Week: Part 2
-Open Grave: Sharlto Copley and Thomas Kretschmann star in this low budget horror thriller about a guy who wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of how he got there. Fangoria did a piece about the movie earlier this year (or it could have been at the end of 2013. I can't remember exactly) and it sounds like a pretty nifty movie (it got the Fangoria Seal of Approval, so that's kind of cool, too). Anyone out there see this?
-Torment: This looks and sounds like a low budget Texas Chainsaw Massacre type deal, so one some level you know it's going to be disturbing. Probably not as disturbing as TCM but disturbing anyway. I just hope that the movie lives up to its DVD cover. That bloody bunny hood mask thing is goddamn freaky.
-The Bill Collector: The great Danny Trejo "stars" in yet another low budget effort that looks better than it probably is. If you read the plot and description over at imdb.com this movie is a comedy but do you get that vibe from the trailer? Ii don't. It looks like some poorly made Christian nonsense. And how much Danny Trejo do we actually get? Five minutes? Ten?
-Toxin: This movie looks pretty dang awesome. Zombies, action, gore, and an overall sense of fun come through in the trailer for this low budget effort. I don't think the DVD is going to have a 3D option. Did this play somewhere in 3D in an actual movie theatre?
-Death For Hire: This low budget drama thriller apparently features three stories that intersect at some point. It has a good cast with Malcolm McDowell, William Forsythe, and Dedee Pfeiffer in it. You can go here to see the trailer for this movie because, for whatever reason, youtube won't allow me or anyone else to embed it. Does that make sense, especially when the whole point of embeds is to advertise things and let people see what you're selling? Of course it doesn't, but then, hey, what the hell do I know?
You can watch the trailer for this movie under its original title, L.A., I Hate You, though. Because that makes sense.
What's Going On Here?: Does Chuck Norris wear a toupee?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a hairpiece. I know several people who have wear them and, for whatever reason, the hairpiece gives them confidence they wouldn't have if they were, for the lack of a better phrase, "more natural." With all of that being said, am I the only one who thinks Chuck Norris currently wears a toupee?
Go ahead and watch the video below and take a look at Chuck's hair in the front. Does it or does it not look synthetic?
It looks like a toupee, doesn't it? Of course, Chuck could just have long hair in the front that he deliberately keeps long so he can then, well, have hair in the front. But it sure does look like that that hair in the front isn't his.
I've looked around the internets and it doesn't look like anyone has anything close to an official answer. I couldn't find anything on the official Chuck Norris website, chucknorris.com, and I couldn't find Chuck on any hair restoration company website. So what is going on here? Does Chuck Norris wear a toupee?
And now a Moment of Chuck
The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week
This week, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week goes to the former Governor of Alaska and 2010 The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Year Sarah Palin, for demanding that Congress impeach President Obama. Several fellow right wing psychopaths, like Allen West, have lit up Fox News, right wing radio, and the internets with this idea, so don't be surprised if this filters down into the actual Congress at some point in the near future (like when the Republicans take over the Senate after the November election). And why does Sarah Barracuda want Obama impeached?
The President is issuing unlawful executive orders!
Why do people look up to Governor Quitter? What makes her opinion so damn special? Can someone please explain what her appeal is? And am I the only one who remembers all of the carrying on when some Democrats floated the idea of impeaching George W. Bush after the "revelation" that Iraq didn't have any nuclear or biological weapons? Remember how the Republicans went ballistic and said the idea was ridiculous and just petty revenge for Bill Clinton's impeachment?
The Democrats better figure this stuff out and make sure this impeachment shit doesn't happen. I know everyone "in the know" claims that "no serious Republican is thinking about this," but how many "serious Republicans" are there?
And then there's current Fox & Friends personality and former co-host of ABC's The View Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for decrying the recent announcement that The View has hired former co-host Rosie O'Donnell to return in the Fall. O'Donnell hates the troops and America according to Hasselbeck and it's a slap in the face of the troops and whatnot to bring her back, etc. Since when does O'Donnell hate America or the troops? Isn't her son in the military or thinking about going into the military? What the hell is going on here?
Oh, yes, I forgot. It's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Fox News. It's just more right wing bullshit. And you left the show, Liz. Why the fuck do you care who ABC decides to hire?
And finally there's Douchebag Hall of Famer Sean Hannity, for foaming his pants over Hillary Clinton's faltering book sales. Hannity had a hard time holding the foam in last week while talking to Ed Klein, the "author" of the "book" that rocketed past Clinton's book on the New York Times Bestseller List. Book sales are obviously an indicator of some deep public hatred of the Clinton machine and proof that Hillary Clinton would make a terrible President. If that were true then Michael Moore's book Stupid White Men would have led to an electoral romp in 2004 for John Kerry. Did that happen?
Why does anyone listen to this fucking douchebag? How can anyone stand to watch or listen to him for more than a few minutes (which is just torture)?
Indycar and NASCAR thoughts
The Verizon Indycar Series event Saturday night at the Iowa Speedway was yet another fabulous Indycar oval race with plenty of passing, great pit strategy, and an edge of your seat finish that saw Ryan Hunter-Reay blast through the field and pass Tony Kanaan for the lead with only a handful of laps to go. Kanaan had the best car in the race and led the most laps and looked like he was about to garner an easy win. But then his team engaged in a pity strategy that, in the end, didn't work out because Hunter-Reay decided to pit and take tires with fifteen laps to go. I felt kind of sorry for Kanaan as he just can't catch a break this year, but then Hunter-Reay hasn't had the best of year, either, despite winning the Indy 500 in May, so in the end it was all good. Kanaan, and his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon will get their wins this year.
Josef Newgarden finally had a good race, finishing second (he may have challenged for the lead if the race had been twenty laps longer). Newgarden started in the last row and looked like he was going to have a typical 2014 race (he'd eventually have some bullshit happen to him). But Newgarden stayed out of trouble the whole night and picked up his career best Indycar Series finish. Good job, Josef.
Ed Carpenter was on a mission to get to the front, and while he did finish fifth he made a huge mistake on the track that sent Pocono winner Juan Pablo Montoya into the wall. Why did Carpenter, at that second, decide to move his racing line? I know that's what racers do but, with all of the carrying on among the drivers this year about blocking why would anyone try to make that kind of move on a short oval?
Simon Pagenaud had a bad night, finishing 11th while never really challenging for the lead. Unless he destroys the field in the next batch of street races Pagenaud is going to have to figure out ovals quickly. He can't win the championship if he sucks on ovals. He just can't.
Graham Rahal finished 7th. That has to seem like a win to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team, especially after the way the season has gone. I do wonder, though, if the National Guard is now rethinking its alliance with RLL. It's not like anything has improved from the "bad old days" of John Barnes and Panther Racing.
Where the hell was the crowd? Iowa used to be one of the hot tickets in Indycar but it looks like it isn't anymore. The place looked, at best, half full. What the hell is going on here? Do the fans want to see all of the ovals go away? The owner and drivers want to see them go away, but the fans, too?
The third and final doubleheader weekend of the year is this weekend with two street races in Toronto. Each race will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Network and will start at 3pm EST. I will, hopefully, be able to see both of them.
>Over in NASCAR, Brad Keselowski dominated the weekend in New Hampshire, spanking the field in both the Nationwide Series on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday. Outside of Keselowski's domination the racing in general in both series was pretty good. Kyle Busch tried valiantly both days to get by Keselowski but he just didn't have enough car. Keselowski's Ford was just too strong.
What the heck happened to Jimmie Johnson on Sunday? He blew two tires and destroyed his car and didn't seem to have any explanation for what happened. Did his team mess around with the tire pressures (the TNT announcers seemed to think that was what happened to him)? No one else seemed to have major tire issues.
And what the heck happened to Joey Logano? Did Morgan Shepherd run into him on the track? Why did Logano hit the wall?
I was surprised at how competitive the field seemed to be on Sunday. It seemed as though everyone had more tire grip than usual and more people were able to make passes on the outside, something you don't see all that often at the one groove New Hampshire International Speedway. And we didn't see as many crashes as I thought we would see (it must have been the tires). Hopefully the Chase race in September is half as good as the one yesterday because the Chase needs that kind of thing.
Sprint Cup is off next weekend but the Nationwide Series will be racing Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Sprint Cup is back in action on July 27th at Indianapolis (the Nationwide Series races at Indy on the 26th). The Camping World Truck Series will be back in action on Wednesday night, July 23rd, at Eldora for the series second race on dirt. That should be a good one. Who will give it a try this year?
I'll likely have more to say next week about the Race Team Alliance thing that NASCAR's higher ups don't seem to be too keen on at the moment. I want to find out more about it before forming an actual opinion.
** And now a final Chuck Norris Fact (for this week)
Well, I think that'll be about it for this issue. B-movies rule, always remember that.
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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
Chuck Norris- Colonel James Braddock Soon-Teck Oh- Colonel Yin Steven Williams- Captain David Nester Bennett Ohta- Captain Oh Cosie Costa- Anthony Mazilli Joe Michael Terry- Opeka John Wesley- Franklin David Chung- Dou Chou Professor Toru Tanaka- Lao Christopher Cary- Emerson Pierre Issot- Francois
Directed by Lance Hool Screenplay by Steve Bing, Larry Levinson, and Arthur Silver
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors and MGM Home Entertainment
Rated R for graphic violence and language Runtime- 100 minutes