My Stupid Idea For A BLOODMOON Sequel
Tony Leung Siu-Hung’s 1998 DTV thriller, Bloomoon, was perhaps one of the biggest martial arts guilty pleasures of my fandom in the last thirty years. The first I heard of it was through the grapevine of a once beloved site called HKFlix.com prior to being defunct.
That site was how I discovered a world of genre titles and Bloodmoon was no exception. It was also my second exposure to Darren Shahlavi after Tai Chi II; I was fond of his delivery as a versatile, unstoppable martial arts killer of martial artists opposite Gary Daniels’ stoic, battle-scarred detective on a mission to stop him.
Despite being deeply-flawed and horribly acted at times, the film wasn’t without its plusses. It was suitably cheesy at times and the fight action was a popcorn riot. More than 20 years later, Daniels is still a favorite among the fans while Bloodmoon itself remains an action classic.
It’s also one of those films I’ve never seen discussed with a possible sequel continuation of some kind and I often like to consider things like that, much like my earlier thoughts on a hopeful revival of Michael Jai White’s S.E.T.H. character for a possible Universal Soldier film finale or something.
Anyway, with Bloodmoon, I’m thinking a sequel could introduce a copycat killer element with an interesting twist. I think a straightforward canonical return of the roles of Ken and Chuck would be sufficient for the fans who enjoyed Daniels’ pairing with Chuck Jeffreys, while a fresher approach could do well with some new faces in the mix. Maybe trade in the detective role for a rookie underdog character, special forces or something of that nature? I dunno. I’m just spit-balling.
But hey, if it stirs the conversation for a Bloodmoon sequel then I’m all for it. Hell, a sequel could draw a further renewed interest in the original film’s re-release – perhaps a 4K remastering on Blu-Ray is due?
A previous version of this article can be read at The Action Elite.
Native New Yorker. Lover of all things pizza, chocolate, pets, and good friends. Karaoke hero. Left of center. Survivor. Fond supporter of cult, obscure and independent cinema - especially fond of Asian movies and global action cinema. Author of the bi-weekly Hit List. Founder and editor of Film Combat Syndicate. Still, very much, only human.
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