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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Dux (as Jean Claude Van Damme)
... Ray Jackson
... Janice Kent
... Helmer
... Rawlins
... Senzo Tanaka
... Captain Chen
Pierre Rafini ... Young Frank
... Chong Li
Ken Siu ... Victor Lin (as Kenneth Siu)
Kimo Lai Kwok Ki ... Hiro
Bernard Mariano ... Sadiq Hossein
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  »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,806,119
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Trivia

The real Frank Dux was the fighting coordinator for this film. When Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast, Dux announced that Van Damme wasn't nearly in good enough shape, and put him through a 3-month training program. Van Damme called those three months "the hardest training of his life" - this despite being a world-championship martial artist in his own right. See more »

Goofs

In his first fight at the Kumite, Dux sets a record of 12.2 seconds for a knockout, beating Chong Li's previous record of 14.8 seconds. Later in the competition, Dux knocks the large African fighter out with two blows in a shade under 8 seconds (despite the fighter's comical pre-fight theatrics), but this is not recognized by the tournament organizers as yet another new record. 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 The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

On My Own - Alone
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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bloodsport cured my mother's cancer
4 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

My mother was on the verge of death a few years ago( boob cancer). In her hospital room there was TV and VCR, so i thought to bring her some movies. Well, I accidentally brought my copy of BloodSport-along with Fried Green Tomatoes. I left the videos with her, and when I returned the next day I was surprised to see her cheering along with Van Damme as he was beating the large Asian Man.

A few days later, she was walking around and trying to perform some of the stunts she saw in her new favorite movie. I even saw the copy of Fried Green Tomatoes in the trash bin.

The next week the Doctor came to me and said he witnessed a miracle. It seems my mother's cancer had disappeared.

She checked out of the hospital and told me she had to meet the man who cured her of her wicked disease: Van Damme.

So me and my mom set out in a beat up VW Bug and headed towards Hollywood. But that's a different story all together.


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