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Story

A well-oiled Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his starring debut in what may be one of the few kickboxing films to be based on a true story. The Muscles from Brussels plays Frank Dux, the first Westerner ever to win the extreme "whupfest" known as the Kumatai (a long-running, no-holds-barred fighting tournament in Hong Kong). While a bit deficient in the script department (to say the least), this undeniably exciting flick succeeds by letting Van Damme play to his strengths: namely, minimal acting and a lot of impossibly acrobatic splits while kicking people in the head. A guilty-pleasure testosterone blast of the highest order, with a memorable villain (the massive Bolo Yeung from Enter the Dragon), and a multitude of well-choreographed fight scenes. An embarrassed-looking Forest Whitaker cameos as a hapless (and non-kickboxing) cop. --Andrew Wright

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jean-Claude Van DammeFrank Dux
Donald GibbRay Jackson
Leah AyresJanice Kent
Norman BurtonHelmer
Forest WhitakerRawlins
Roy ChiaoSenzo Tanaka
Philip ChanCaptain Chen
Bolo YeungChong Li

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Ember69 owns Bloodsport
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For me this is one of the best Van Damme movies ever to be made. If you like...

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Newt Arnold
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 92 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 26, 1988
    EuropeJul 27, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 1, 2002
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