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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.

Director:

Newt Arnold

Writers:

Sheldon Lettich (story), Sheldon Lettich (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Frank Dux (as Jean Claude Van Damme)
Donald Gibb ... Jackson
Leah Ayres ... Janice
Norman Burton ... Helmer
Forest Whitaker ... Rawlins
Roy Chiao ... Tanaka
Philip Chan ... Captain Chen
Pierre Rafini Pierre Rafini ... Young Frank
Bolo Yeung ... Chong Li
Ken Siu Ken Siu ... Victor (as Kenneth Siu)
Kimo Lai Kwok Ki Kimo Lai Kwok Ki ... Hiro
Bernard Mariano Bernard Mariano ... Hossein
Bill Yuen Ping Kuen Bill Yuen Ping Kuen ... Oshima
Shun-Yin Leung ... Mrs. Tanaka
Joshua Schroder Joshua Schroder ... Chuck / Older Boy (as Jousha Schroder)
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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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Based on the real story of the Great White Dragon See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The fighter Hossein (Mariano) was actually knocked unconscious by Van Damme, with an elbow in the face. The scene made it into the movie. See more »

Goofs

Right after Chong Li kills the opponent, he walks over to Frank and points at him. In the next shot his arm is down, he raises it and points again and says: "You are next." 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 »

Alternate Versions

Finnish version is censored (over 20 minutes). The cuts include almost every fight of the movie, Jackson's first fight is heavily cut, every Chong Li's fight is cut to pieces. The whole sequence where the "Kumite"-song is heard and it shows several fights is removed, and the final conflict between Dux (J-C Van Damme) and Chong Li (excellent Bolo Yeung) is extremely cut (several minutes). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) 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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'best martial arts film of the century'
24 January 1999 | by DeceiverSee all my reviews

Bloodsport is, and always will be, Van Damme's greatest display of his martial talent. While it seems to have a similar storyline to other martial arts films, this one differs in that it is based on the true events of Frank Dux, who also assisted the fighters for this movie.

Anyone at all that doubts Van Damme's talent as a fighter, should see this film.

Bolo Yeung also makes a spectacular appearance as the evil one in the tournament. He acts about as cruel and heartless as one can get, and he makes the perfect climax for the film.

If you are after a good quality martial arts film, and you haven't seen Bloodsport, then this is the one for you. If you have seen it, then you will know why it deserves the title of 'best martial arts film of the century'.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodsport See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,721, 28 February 1988

Gross USA:

$11,806,119

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,806,119
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon International See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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