Even more workaday than its predecessor, RAGE AND HONOR II relocates the mayhem to faraway Jakarta, Indonesia, where white people still have nearly all the speaking parts.
Federal agent Kris Fairchild (Cynthia Rothrock) has gone undercover, dispatched to the tropics to take a clerical job in the bank of Gerald Andrews (John J. Soucy); she's supposed get the goods on his money-laundering operation for local heroin king Buntao (Frans Tumbuan). Meanwhile, Australian
cop Preston Michaels (Richard Norton), unable to beat a murder rap pinned on him by the corrupt LAPD in the earlier film, is in exile and working as a two-fisted bartender. Needless to say, he's surprised to run into Kris again.
They have another thing in common: Tommy Andrews (Patrick Muldoon), the banker's son, has seen Preston in action and hounds the reluctant fugitive into apprenticing him in kung-fu. When Andrews gets greedy and puts the squeeze on Buntao for a share of an upcoming diamond shipment, Buntao orders
Tommy seized in retaliation. The kid barely escapes Buntao's gang and scurries to Kris and Preston for protection, loudly denying that his father is a crook.
All this sounds a lot more interesting than it actually is. RAGE AND HONOR II is marred by awkward stretches of expository dialogue and the tired plot, though it has one breathtaking twist that it serves up with the savvy of a fighter saving his (or her) one good punch for the critical moment.
After that, the narrative just goes through the routine, complete with a master villain who has the heroes utterly helpless but, instead of shooting them, leaves a time bomb to do the job. Of course the good guys escape.
Rothrock and Norton are adequate, and she actually takes a couple of hits; usually she's so invincible that her fights are all foregone conclusions. Patrick Muldoon's Tommy is a calculatingly annoying Valley Guy, and Buntao further punishes the audience by singing a few lyrics of "Tiny Bubbles."
Actor Frans Tumbuan remains uncredited for this bit of vocalization in the soundtrack credits; otherwise his name would reside next to Lords of the New Church, Lost Children, and Mozart. As a production of I.R.S. Media, part of I.R.S. Records, the RAGE AND HONOR films have had access to better
music, if not better scripts, than the general run of direct-to-video martial arts fodder. (Violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: R
- Review: Even more workaday than its predecessor, RAGE AND HONOR II relocates the mayhem to faraway Jakarta, Indonesia, where white people still have nearly all the speaking parts. Federal agent Kris Fairchild (Cynthia Rothrock) has gone undercover, dispatched t… (more)