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Film / Blastfighter

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Blastfighter is a 1984 Italian Action Genre movie directed by Lamberto Bava of Dèmoni fame.

Jake "Tiger" Sharp was a cop, until his wife was murdered and he killed the perp in revenge. Released after 8 years in prison, Sharp just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, he stumbles upon a gigantic poaching ring, who want to make sure he doesn't talk to the cops. After they rape and murder his daughter to intimidate him, Sharp takes out a specialized gun and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.


This film contains examples of:

  • Amoral Attorney: The man who killed Tiger's wife was let off by a corrupt prosecutor, who eventually tried Sharp for killing the man in revenge.
  • Big Bad: Tom Hanson, head of the poaching ring.
  • Cool Gun: Tiger owns a gun that is untraceable, can switch between pump-action and semi-automatic, and can fire virtually any round.
  • Evil Former Friend: Tom was a childhood friend of Sharp's, and still cares about him, as evidenced by him trying to talk Sharp out of exposing the ring instead of just having him killed like Wally wants to do.
  • Evil Poacher: The main antagonists are a bunch of poachers who kill deer for profit.
  • Green Aesop: Given that the main villains are poachers, and they spend a lot of the film causing environmental damage over the course of their crimes, the film seems to be going for an environmentalist message, beating On Deadly Ground to the environmentalist action movie game by a decade.
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  • Karma Houdini: Nothing happens to the corrupt prosecutor who covered Sharp's wife's murder up and had him arrested for killing him. Sharp considers killing the man, but decides against it because he's too connected.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Despite his primary customer base being Asian, Tom is super racist against them, viewing them as savage idiots for him to exploit.
  • Predecessor Villain: While the film focuses on a poaching ring, the hero's initial nemesis was an unnamed man who killed his wife. This man was killed eight years beforehand, and the hero spent the time between then and the film in prison.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A cop guns down the criminal who killed his wife and is arrested. Eight years later, he's released, only for a group of poachers to harass him because he disapproves of their actions and rape and murder his daughter. Immediately afterwards, he kills all of them but their leader, who has been his Friendly Enemy for years and and nothing to do with his daughter's death.
  • The Sociopath: Wally Hanson, a poacher who kills deer slowly because he finds it more amusing and is perfectly willing to go after humans to keep his business going.
  • Vigilante Execution: Tiger opens the film having just got out of prison for killing the man who killed his wife after a corrupt prosecutor let him off. He considers killing the prosecutor, but decides against it.


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