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Bloodsport (1988)

Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

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Frank Dux (as Jean Claude Van Damme)
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Philip Chan ...
Captain Chen
Pierre Rafini ...
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Ken Siu ...
Victor Lin (as Kenneth Siu)
Kimo Lai Kwok Ki ...
Bernard Mariano ...
Bill Yuen Ping Kuen ...
Oshima
Lily Leung ...
Mrs. Tanaka
Joshua Schroder ...
Chuck / Older Boy
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Storyline

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The secret contest where the world's greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death. See more »


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Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contacto sangriento  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,806,119 (USA)
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Trivia

Midway's Mortal Kombat (1992) took huge inspiration from the film and even used a parody of Jean-Claude Van Damme for the character Johnny Cage, who has a similar costume, back story and a familiar split punch. According to game creator John Tobias, they wanted to make a "gritty" game based on the film. See more »

Goofs

Parades gets his leg broken in the fight with Chong Li. However, throughout the next several scenes he is unhurt and seated on the bleachers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boxer: Jackson, you going to go to Hong Kong?
Jackson: I love anything full contact. I need a few more scars on my face.
Boxer: But I heard you can get killed at that Kumite.
Jackson: Only if you fuck up.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits the following can be found: This motion picture is based upon true events in the life of Frank W. Dux. From 1975 to 1980 Frank W. Dux fought 329 matches. He retired undefeated as the World Heavy Weight Full Contact Kumite Champion. Mr. Dux still holds four world records: Fastest Knockout - 3.2 seconds Fastest Punch with a Knockout - .42 seconds Fastest Kick with a Knockout - 72 mph Most Consecutive Knockouts in a Single Tournament - 56 Subsequently Mr. Dux founded the first American Ninjitsu System. Dux-Ryu. See more »

Connections

Featured in Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Fight to Survive
Music and Lyrics by Shandi Sinnamon (as Shandi) and Paul Hertzog
Performed by Stan Bush
Stan Bush appears courtesy of Scotti Brothers/Epic Records
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Look at it like this!!!
3 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a film watcher that looks for great acting, i surprised myself when i enjoyed this film.

Being more a film fan than a martial arts fan i was expecting to be writing a bad review for this flick. No one can deny that van damme is a great martial artist, but his acting is so so the opposite.

You have to look at it as a martial arts film (which it is) and accept the stunning fight sequences (especially the final fight scene which was very well choreographed) the film offers.

Yes, people will talk about how bad his acting may be, but what people forget is that he is a martial artist more than an actor. Movies are just the way he can express his great skills to an audience.

I recommend this film to any martial arts fan but not so much to anyone looking for a compelling dramatic, mystical thriller because you will be disappointed.

On all it's a basic, pure, martial arts film that i feel is underrated.


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