Sometime last year I was made aware of actor and filmmaker Joe Gawalis’ third feature, Bare Knuckle Brawler. That film has since taken to a few exclusive festival screenings which explains the quotes on artwork, and now bares an official trailer to make its case to the public.
For this, we get a cast led by actor Pete Passaro who plays Steve Calderon, the proverbial “loose cannon” in a family of cops and a subculture of discipline, he was a loose cannon. Among other things in the course of his begrudged return home, Steve will be driven to take matters into his own hands and infiltrate an illegal bare knuckle fighting circuit run by an untouchable crime family in order to avenge his younger brother’s death.
The cast joins Passaro with resurrected Cobrai Kai series co-star, actor Martin Kove along with son, actor Jesse Kove, and with actors William DeMeo and Danny Trejo for good measure. Doling out the stunt and fight scenery is Hector Soria and Orlando Cruz, both who’ve made it their m.o. in the last several years to proliferate the martial arts genre in their collaborative independent film efforts for the Northern East Coast and tri-state area.
There’s no release date so the trailer is all there is at the moment. Alas, expect further announcements on that front in due time.