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The King of the Kickboxers (1990)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Donahue
... Captain O'Day
... Anderson
... Khan
... Molly
William Long Jr. ... Big Boss (as William Long)
David Michael Sterling ... Mr. McKinney
... Prang
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
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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>

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

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9 August 1991 (USA)  »

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No Retreat, No Surrender 4  »

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Despite playing lovers in the film, Loren Avedon and Sherrie Rose did not get along behind the scenes, with Avedon claiming Rose bad-mouthed him after he told her to shut up whilst filming in the jungle. See more »

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In the final fight Jake hits Khans head with the sword. Khans mask is cleanly cut in half like the sword had cut right through his head, yet Khan has only a small scratch. See more »

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Prang: [Prang's training has taken its toll on Jake and he decides to call it quits, puzzling Prang] Why you stop?
Jake Donahue: [angrily] If this is your idea of training, you're crazy!
Prang: You want to be ready for Khan? Then keep going!
Jake Donahue: Forget about it! All this shit is doing is burning what little time I have left!
Prang: This is the way that I learned!
Jake Donahue: Yeah? And how far did that get you?
Prang: [insulted] WHAT?
Jake Donahue: [walks away a bit and then faces Prang again with frustration] YOU LOST! I CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE!
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The best fighting movie ever made!
26 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

It's an absolute shame that a movie this awesome isn't even available in print anymore, considering all of the other crap that is being re-released on DVD. It's also a shame that this movie, along with all of its contributors, have never received any notice (with the exception of Billy Blanks). And I'm being serious. Sure this is a b-movie, but how can anyone who's seen it overlook how much fun it is to watch? _The King of the Kickboxers_ is incredibly entertaining, and that's the whole point of any movie, with or without a compelling plot and acting.

Everything about this movie is awesome. The dialogue is corny and the acting is campy, but how can you complain? This just gives you something to laugh at. Most mainstream viewers will cringe at the poor acting and turn away from this movie, not even realizing that it can be funny.

Those people will then miss out on the incredible fighting scenes, which are quite frequent. There isn't a single movie out there with moves as cool as the ones here. You'd never expect to see stuff like this anywhere other than in your imagination, but somehow, the fighters managed to throw attacks at lighting speeds and launched multiple kicks in mid-air without landing (not even Michael Jordan gets this much hangtime)! All the scenes are fast-paced and beautifully coordinated, with camera angles that really get you into the action.

Even the limited music is excellent. It is not only pleasing to listen to, but effectively helps to set the mood of the scenes. It can give you a creepy feeling at times, and is best used in the final fight scene where the drum beat kicks in to get you into the mood of the action and later as it shifts to a triumphant tone, you can't help but cheer for the good guy as he makes his comeback victory.

And finally, the plot is perfect for this type of film--simple and limited. Most of the movie is dedicated to the action scenes, while plot developments painlessly interrupt to help support the characters so you can develop feelings about them. The whole movie had the feel of a video game. The protagonist battles through his enemies and works his way up to reach who is ultimately the bad guy and defeats him. The bad guy even has his own finishing move (an awesome one at that) that the good guy must look out for. This is all just like a video game; another reason why I love this movie!

This is by far the best fighting movie ever, and I've seen quite a few of them. And after serious consideration, I've concluded that this is one of the best movies ever made in any genre. Do whatever you can to see this movie. And if you've already seen this movie but hated it, do me and yourself a favor and watch it again, this time with my review in mind.


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