MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,900 this week

The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

 -  Action | Crime | Sport  -  9 August 1991 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 833 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 10 critic

A cop goes undercover in Thailand to avenge his brother's death in this martial arts film.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 111 titles
created 19 May 2011
 
a list of 70 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 756 titles
created 17 May 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

The King of the Kickboxers (1990) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The King of the Kickboxers.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A Korean immigrant in L.A. encounters difficulties when he refuses to join the all-Korean gang in his highschool.

Director: Woo-sang Park
Stars: Jun Chong, Phillip Rhee, James Lew
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Loren Avedon, Max Thayer, Cynthia Rothrock
Showdown I (1993)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

Director: Robert Radler
Stars: Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, Christine Taylor
Action | Sport | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

David Sloan must travel to Mexico to save his wife from a savage drug lord who's also an old nemesis.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Kamel Krifa, Brad Thornton
Action | Sport | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

This movie is suppose to be a sequel to the movie which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Only now the movie revolves around the brother of the character that Van Damme played. David Sloan is ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Peter Boyle, Dennis Chan
Kickboxer 5 (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

After David Sloan is murdered, it's up to kick-boxing champ Matt Reeves to avenge him.

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: Mark Dacascos, James Ryan, Geoff Meed
Action | Sport | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

David Sloan travels to Rio for a kick-box exhibition. There he saves two youngsters and stops a white slaver.

Director: Rick King
Stars: Sasha Mitchell, Dennis Chan, Richard Comar
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
Director: Yeung-Ming Wan
Stars: Nick Brandon, Steve Brettingham, Bruce Fontaine
Action | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Nel
Stars: John Barrett, Keith Vitali, Terry Norton
China O'Brien (1990)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

China O'brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Keith Cooke
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Billy is a young fighter whose sister Judith was hurt after a near gang rape. When he learns she must have surgery, crime boss Russell has Billy compete in illegal street fights. When Billy... See full summary »

Director: John Lloyd
Stars: Loren Avedon, Sean P. Donahue, Greg Douglass
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Captain O'Day
...
Anderson
...
Khan
...
Molly
William Long Jr. ...
Big Boss (as William Long)
David Michael Sterling ...
Mr. McKinney
Keith Cooke ...
Ong Soo Han ...
Thasi (as Ong)
...
Drug Dealer
Bruce Fontaine ...
Dan Handel (as Bruce Richard Fontaine)
Patrick Shuck ...
Young Jake
John Kay ...
Mr. Director
...
Sean Donahue
Dean Harrington ...
Radioman
Edit

Storyline

Kahn is a heavy weight kick-box champion, who often kills his opponents in front of the running camera, to sell it on video tape. Jake had to witness once how his brother was killed by him, and now has come for revenge. But first he has to improve his fighting skills; he asks Phang, the only person in the whole world who ever had Khan down on his back, to train him until he is a match for him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the Ring of Death, only one man can become king!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No Retreat, No Surrender 4  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The parts of movies that Jake (Loren Avedon) watches and complains about are taken from No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) starring Loren Avedon. See more »

Goofs

Obvious Chinese stuntman at the end of the movie when Loren Avedon is flying through the air while holding the pole. See more »

Quotes

Thasi: You've never faced a real kickboxer.
See more »

Connections

Follows No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Shameless rip off but utterly forgivable!
19 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The makers of this film are certainly no strangers to films that are "Inspired" by mainstream others. The company's earlier effort "No retreat No Surrender" was meant to be a take on the Karate Kid and this film is no different. Let's just get this out of the way now.......it's a Kickboxer rip off! In fact it goes beyond rip off in places with some parts and locations being nearly identical to the Van Damme film, it really is shameless!

Fortunately, Seasonal films are no slouches when it comes to fight scenes and here's where you start to forgive them for being such blatant pilferers. The Fights are truly spectacular, choreographed with such precise flow, speed and with such immense power. This film is a direct descendant of No Retreat No Surrender which was the first film to use western actors set in America with an Oriental production team and like it's ancestor it really is quite something. Gone are the traditional, slow movements of the 70's Kung-Fu films which were so akin to Shaw Brothers films at the time and in their place there is rip roaring torrents of brutal martial arts action.

The acting is overall terrible, Billy Blanks is a great bad guy as Khan and it's always nice to see Keith Cooke but Loren Avedon is as hammy as ever but, that is half the charm of these films and that statement is meant fully as a compliment. It certainly has captured the feel of Van Dammes Kickboxer it doesn't match up to it in terms of polish or drama, but the fights more than make up for it!

Be like me, buy both and enjoy both!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Most Terrifying Villian in Movie History spiney-4
the part where Jake watches the Tapes of illegal Movies kommonvillain
THIS MOVIS IS COPIED malkabahra
Billy Blanks split kick? laparka1985
Hard to believe this movie was made in 1991 jay_moon
The splits cosmicsunburn
Discuss The King of the Kickboxers (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?