A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
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Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Simon and Phillip Rhee, Dae Han and Tommy Lee, are real-life brothers. See more »
When Tommy & Travis are sparring in the ring, Tommy pulls a punch when Travis is on the mat. In the wide view, Tommy is punching with his left. In the closeup of Travis immediately after, Tommy's right fist is in the shot above Travis' face. See more »
[after Dae Hawn has been knocked down by Tommy Lee and Dae Hawn's eye patch fell off exposing his deformed eye]
This could be it! This could be it! If he doesn't get up, it's a technical knockout! The American team will win this tournament!
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A reasonable representation of martial arts as a sport
Best of the best is one of those rare movie; a credible and fairly realistic representation of martial arts as a sport. Yes, it is a cheese fest but it's a good one. The characters are likable, the action scenes are brilliantly done and although the story isn't as engaging as it could have been it does work.
The story shows the selection and training of the US and the Korean national karate teams who we know from the start of the movie will face each other in a televised sporting event. All the character development is with the Americans though and this film is essentially about them. While the training and character building are good, and do make you care to some extent about the Americans, the entire movie is really all about the final fights. They are technically brilliant and very well shot. The second to last fight will send tingles down your spine, and the final fight - well, my wife hates this sort of movie but even she was in tears at the end.
I liked this movie a lot. It's in my collection and my advice to anyone who enjoys a good fight film is to give this a chance.
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