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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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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
Lily Leung Lily 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The secret contest where the world's greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contacto sangriento See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

The Dim Mak is actually a purely fictional martial arts move that has its roots in Chinese Wuxia novels. It was popularized in the 1960's and 70's by "Count Dante" who ran ads in Black Belt magazine and other magazines of the day claiming to be able to teach it for a small fee and joining the "Black Dragon Fighting Society." See more »

Goofs

When Dux and Jackson are playing Karate Champ together, a closer look at the screen reveals that it is in single-player mode. 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

Referenced in Mortal Kombat X (2015) 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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High kicking martial arts action
2 November 2002 | by sorannoSee 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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