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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning

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Genre  Action, Drama, Thriller
Language  English
5.1/10 IMDb

Director  Lance Hool
Prequel  Missing in Action
Country  United States
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning movie poster
Release date  March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01) (US)
Writer  Steve Bing, Larry Levinson, Arthur Silver
Sequel  Braddock: Missing in Action III
Cast  Chuck Norris (Colonel James Braddock), Soon-Tek Oh (Colonel Yin), Steven Williams (Captain David Nester), Bennett Ohta (Captain Ho), Cosie Costa (Mazilli), Joe Michael Terry (Opelka)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Taken 3, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Run All Night, Mission: Impossible III
Tagline  Chuck Norris is back! A one-man time bomb set to explode!

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning is a 1985 action/adventure film, and a prequel to Missing in Action, both of which star Chuck Norris. It was directed by Lance Hool and written by Steve Bing, Larry Levinson and Arthur Silver.


Missing in Action 2: The Beginning movie scenes

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning was filmed back to back with the original Missing in Action and was originally intended to be the first film of the two. But according to Joe Zito, director of what was to become Missing in Action, it was decided that the sequel was a much better film and would be a more successful opener for the franchise. So Cannon just switched titles and release dates. Thus the movie Cannon had planned as a sequel was released first and the movie that told the first part of the story was released as a prequel. It was followed by another sequel featuring the same character, but not directly connected story-wise, Braddock: Missing in Action III.

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning movie scenes

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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning movie scenes

Ten years before freeing the US POWs from a brutal General, Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) was held in a North Vietnamese POW camp run by sadistic Colonel Yin (Soon-Teck Oh), who forces the POWs to grow opium for a French drug runner named Fran├žois (Pierre Issot), and tries to get Braddock to admit to and sign a long list of war crimes. During his team's time in captivity, they are relentlessly subjected to various forms of humiliating torture, and Braddock being told that his wife has left him and has remarried. Frankie, another US POW, starts to suffer from malaria, and Braddock exchanges an admission of guilt to Yin's charges of war crimes for medicine for the infected soldier. However, breaking his deal with Braddock, Yin gives the soldier a lethal dose of opium instead. Enraged, Braddock escapes from the camp, and plots to free his fellow prisoners and destroy the prison camp. Yin then betrays Fran├žois, taking control of his drug ring. Braddock inflicts several losses against Yin's men, leading to Yin's second-in-command to dress a Vietnamese soldier as Colonel Yin and shoot him in an attempt to lure Braddock into the open. Braddock however notices that the decoy is not wearing Yin's boots, and proceeds to kill Yin's men. Eventually, Braddock fights Yin hand to hand in Yin's quarters. Subduing Yin, Braddock escorts the prisoners to an awaiting chopper, although not before exploding charges planted around Yin's quarters.


Missing in Action 2: The Beginning movie scenes
  • Chuck Norris as Colonel James Braddock
  • Soon-Tek Oh as Colonel Yin
  • Steven Williams as Captain David Nester
  • Bennett Ohta as Captain Ho
  • Cosie Costa as Mazilli
  • Joe Michael Terry as Opelka
  • Christopher Cary as Emerson
  • John Wesley as Frankie
  • David Chung as Dou Chou
  • Professor Toru Tanaka as Lao
  • Sergio Kato as Stunt Double
  • Reception

    The Los Angeles Times gave Missing in Action: 2 a mixed reception but very positive to the director calling his direction as intensely megalomaniac. The film gained a negative reception.

    Box office

    The movie opened at #3, grossing $3,868,515 in the opening weekend. It was released in 1,336 theaters for a $2,895 average. The opening week grossing accounted for 36% of its total grossing. The total US market revenue is $10,755,447.


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