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Bloodsport (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  26 February 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Dux (as Jean Claude Van Damme)
Donald Gibb ...
Leah Ayres ...
Roy Chiao ...
Senzo Tanaka
Philip Chan ...
Captain Chen
Pierre Rafini ...
Young Frank
Bolo Yeung ...
Ken Siu ...
Victor Lin (as Kenneth Siu)
Kimo Lai Kwok Ki ...
Bernard Mariano ...
Sadiq Hossein
Bill Yuen Ping Kuen ...
Lily Leung ...
Mrs. Tanaka
Joshua Schroder ...
Chuck / Older Boy


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:

26 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contacto sangriento  »

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)


$11,806,119 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bolo Yeung's character, Chong Li, is from South Korea. See more »


In the final fight, Dux's hair goes from very sweaty to dry back to sweaty again after he is blinded and knocked down the ramp. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in The Mentalist: Bloodsport (2011) See more »


Music by Paul Hertzog
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High kicking martial arts action
2 November 2002 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

In his film starring debut, Jean-Claude Van Damme portrays a martial arts expert who decides to compete in the Kumite, a no holds barred martial arts competition in Hong Kong. This film has plenty of the well staged fight scenes and martial arts sequences that would be evident in Van Damme's later films. A fair entry in the genre.

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