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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.

Director:

Lucas Lowe

Writers:

Keith W. Strandberg (screenplay), See-Yuen Ng (original story) (as Ng See Yuen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loren Avedon ... Jake Donahue
Richard Jaeckel ... Captain O'Day
Don Stroud ... Anderson
Billy Blanks ... Khan
Sherrie Rose ... Molly
William Long Jr. William Long Jr. ... Big Boss (as William Long)
David Michael Sterling David Michael Sterling ... Mr. McKinney
Keith Cooke ... Prang
Ong Soo Han Ong Soo Han ... Thasi (as Ong)
Jerry Trimble ... Drug Dealer
Bruce Fontaine Bruce Fontaine ... Dan Handel (as Bruce Richard Fontaine)
Patrick Shuck Patrick Shuck ... Young Jake
John Kay John Kay ... Mr. Director
Michael Depasquale Jr. ... Sean Donahue
Dean Harrington Dean Harrington ... Radioman
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Storyline

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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Action | Crime | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Retreat, No Surrender 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The costumes worn by Loren Avedon and Billy Blanks during the climatic fight in the cage have meaning: the traditional robe and mask worn by Avedon represents the higher Hindu deity Hanuman, whose accomplishments include vanquishing the demon lord Ravana, whose costume was worn by Blanks. See more »

Goofs

Molly's mouth doesn't move when she screams "Jake" a couple of times in the net. See more »

Quotes

Jake Donahue: [getting hit with a wooden bat during training] You're not hitting me with that!
Prang: Thai proverb says success comes through pain!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. home video version trimmed Jake's face burning of the drug dealer, cutting out his line "Does that hurt? Good!", Dan Handel finding a woman's corpse and impaling by Khan, and trimmed Molly's nude scene with Jake. See more »

Connections

Follows No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) See more »

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Cheap, rousing entertainment
2 July 2002 | by BBmanDawnSee all my reviews

Ridiculously good martial arts choreography combined with laughably bad dialogue and an outlandish plot that borrows heavily from Kickboxer add up to a very enjoyable fighting movie. Seeing the film in Middle School when it was on cable I had trouble getting past the poor film stock, and substitution of water in the mouth as fake blood was probably too expensive to use. Coupled with lousy acting and poorly-lit sets, I just enjoyed the fighting scenes (probably on a day when I had my fill of Van Damme and Seagal). Looking back on it recently, the choreography is some of the best ever put on celluloid, and it holds up tremendously against just about all of the other fight scenes from the 90s. A combination of beautiful foreign locales, some pretty intense stunts, and a sense that the director was going for a "let's be satisfied with the first take of any non-action scene" attitude, the movie is a guilty, but VERY impressive martial arts film.


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