The first Tiger Claws" was one of those charming straight-to-video flicks that somehow captured the essence of 90's straight-to-video flicks; it was cheesy, it was fun, it had a hammy atmosphere, good choreography and must importantly, it had Bolo. Bolo had made dozens of Hong Kong kung fu films, worth watching just by the sheer virtue of him being there. Look no further than "Bloodsport" – had Bolo not been the antagonist, Jean-Claude Van Damme would probably be living in Belgium today, working at some martial art school and enjoying some "Geuse"-beer after work.
Personally, I was looking forward to see a sequel to "Tiger Claws", expecting a straight sequel to "Tiger Claws": perhaps martial arts serial killer Chong (Bolo Yeung) having escaped prison, and cops Tarek (Jalal Merhi) and Linda (Cynthia Rothrock) having to return or finally disposed of him. Wrong expectations: Chong has indeed out of jail, or rather; a kingpin has his henchmen kidnap Chong. However, (for some illogic reason that is never explained) prison has turned Chong from maniac killer to good-guy and soon Chong joins forces with his former opponents.
"Chong is an honourable man", Tarek muses at one point, oblivious to the fact that Chong is a serial murderer, who prior had not only killed Tareks partner but also a score of other people. The plot then takes a twist, revolving around "Bloodsport"-like martial arts competition, time-travel and mystic hokum.
Around the final quarter of the film, Bolo puts on a hood over his head; apparently a body-double takes over in the last few scenes. He never reappears nor is his leaving explained but with him went the sole reason to watch this hotchpotch in the first place. As a wise Shaolin monk once told me: "a film featuring a good-Bolo isn't half as good as a movie having a bad-Bolo, but it beats not starring Bolo at all.
Sadder even, with the exceptions of "Blizhniy Boy" (which I'm not even sure has been released, never having met anybody who had seen this film), "Tiger Claws 2" would remain Bolo's final screen appearance.
In the end, the film has none of the redeeming qualities of the original, being simply too lame, too fragmented, not even a "so bad it's good"-film like, for example, "Undefeatable". There's one reason to watch this film and that's the final screen appearance of Bolo Yeung, so, if you still feel tempted to push "Tiger Claws 2" into your video-player, do it – just don't say I didn't warn you.