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Kickboxer (1989)

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Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kurt Sloane
... Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan ... Xian Chow
... Tong Po
... Winston Taylor
... Mylee
Ka Ting Lee ... Freddy Li
Richard Foo ... Tao Liu
Ricky Liu ... Big Thai Man
Ho-Ying Sin ... Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan ... Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner ... U.S. Announcer
Dean Harrington ... U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle ... U.S. Reporter
Richard Santoro ... U.S. Reporter
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Storyline

Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. Written by Peter Katzman <pkatzman@bu.edu>

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Action | Sport | Thriller

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8 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Tiger 3 - Der Kickboxer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,134,098, 10 September 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,697,005
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michel Qissi was a technical advisor/choreographer when he overheard the production crew say they were looking for a tall oriental-looking guy with a background in Muay Thai. He volunteered, and got the part of Tong Po. See more »

Goofs

In Kurt's training scene with Xian where he continually kicks the tree, his shin is a bloody mess and he can't walk afterwards. In subsequent training scenes, including the very next scene in the pool, there is not even a scratch on his shin. See more »

Quotes

Xian Chow: You a good fighter?
Kurt Sloane: Yeah.
Xian Chow: Your defense good?
Kurt Sloane: Yeah!
Xian Chow: [Xian does a jump kick to Kurt, nearing an inch from his face] Hmmm... must train differently in America. Your defense stinks!
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Connections

Followed by City of Blood See more »

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I Won't Stay
Written by Dyna Brein
Performed by Lucinda Ramseur
Produced by Mike Piccirillo
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Great martial arts action, crap plot and music, some terrifying dancing.
6 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Somehow, this film ends up being hugely enjoyable, no matter who watches it. There is something for everyone.

If you like martial arts, Jean Claude Van Damme's technique and physique is exceptional; if you like foreign travel, there are plenty of scenes in Thailand; if you like embarrassingly-bad 80s synth-pop, you will cry laughing at the soundtrack; but the stand-out moment in the whole movie has to be the dance scene in the bar. Some issues:

1) what the hell is he wearing?

2) How do you watch this scene without cringing?

JCVD choreographed all the fight scenes, so I guess he must have choreographed the dancing too. Either it's a brilliant piece of acting, or he really does have too high an opinion of his dancing ability! Surely one of the funniest sequences in movie history...


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