Agree with the general sentiment regarding this being a decent watch for the deeper ends of the genre (or is it the shallow end?).
There wasn't any connection, apart from the same guy with the same name. Still, the films feel very similar apart from the silliness of the bandits. The similarity can probably be chalked up to the same lead, and looking very much the same in terms of budget, location and how they are shot. And with both I like them, although have a hard time giving much reason why.
Like ENNIOO, the nose picking guy really caught my attention with how the film repeatedly cuts to him picking away.
Next up will be the third of the trilogy