Kali in the Movies: Blade II

Featured arts: Needless to say, many arts are present in this film including Japanese swords arts like kendo/kenjitsu and Brazilian capoiera (Snipes actively practices). In particular though, several sequences feature sinawali (when the assassin fights Blade in front of the “god lights”) from kali/eskrima/arnis.

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Overview: One could say that, not only is this yet-another-vampire movie, it also a sequel to yet-another-vampire -movie. However, thanks to the influence of Wesley Snipes who is himself a martial artist, this version of “Dracula” continues to amuse. Blade, played byMr. Snipes, is a half-vampire himself but with a real distaste for bloodsuckers. He is a vigilante for the rest of unknowing humanity. In this sequel, Reapers, a new breed of vampire that feed off humans and vampires, emerge with plans for world domination and Blade must team with the Bloodpack, an elite team of vampire warriors specifically trained to hunt him, in order to defeat this new menace.

Rating: 7.4 (of 10) – fun but repetitious – it doesn’t offer much over the previous Blade movie. By itself, it might have garnered 8.2.

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