It requires several viewings to pick up all the little visual jokes but I thought it was a riot and now that Frank Grillo has apparently dropped out of The Raid remake, I’d be game for Mr. Jacobus to step up… no martial arts training required.
If you haven’t seen the original Rope-A-Dope you can check it out below.
Plot: Meet the Dope, who takes a beating by a local gang of martial art thugs, only to awaken the same day after being knocked out. Every day he finds himself in the same fight, awakening the same day, and forced to fight every day. When the Dope takes his fate into his own hands, things begin to turn around.
Today we have the next chapter with Rope-A-Dope 2 which is even more awesome than the first.
The team that brought you the hit internet martial arts comedy Rope-A-Dope is back with the hard-hitting sequel: Rope-A-Dope 2 – The Return of the Martial Arts Mafia, starring Eric Jacobus (Mortal Kombat Legacy, ABCs of Death 2), produced by Clayton Barber (You’re Next, The Guest), and co-directed by long-time Stunt People collaborator Pete Lee (This Close or This Far, Death Grip). The sequel picks up the morning after the first film, the Dope waking up to realize he’s late for his awards ceremony. Meanwhile, the villain, played again by Dennis Ruel (American Brawler, Contour), is out for revenge, and he’s got an extra trick up his sleeve – he can restart his day, too. What follows is an escalation to extremes as both characters use their Groundhog Day-like powers to bring bigger and better weapons to the fight, culminating in a massive Jackie Chan-style final fight scene between the Dope and a dozen opponents, featuring pool cues, baseball bats, and a frying pan with an egg in it.
Clayton Barber and Eric Jacobus first put their heads together in 2011 and asked, “How can we make an American martial arts comedy that everyone will love?” Combining their respective experience in the Hollywood and independent stunt worlds, along with the talent of co-director Pete Lee, they created Rope-A-Dope, which was a hit and garnered awards at multiple film fests including Toronto After Dark, LA Indie Film Fest, and the Sundial Film Fest. For the sequel, Barber brought on fellow stuntman and producer Freddie Poole (Wild Card, Machete Kills) and Jacobus recruited a dozen more stuntmen and women from his Bay Area-based stunt team The Stunt People, including long-time member Ed Kahana. With Lee’s Scandinavia film crew, they filmed through most of 2014 and experienced their share of difficulties. They faced multiple days of reshoots and were even robbed at gunpoint, losing their camera. But they shouldered on and finished the film in time to release on the The Stunt People’s 14th year anniversary.
Featuring the same Oakland flare of the first Rope-A-Dope, with action reminiscent of Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton, and a training montage that would make Rocky Balboa proud, Rope-A-Dope 2 is a martial arts comedy that will entertain all audiences. 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Barber and Jacobus, who are already developing a feature film version of Rope-A-Dope.