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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film slate which falls to the ground following Khan's defeat reads "The King Of The Kickboxers". See more »

Goofs

Some of the movies Jake watches in New York (featuring Khan wearing a bib) aren't shot until later in the movie (the garage fight scene). See more »

Quotes

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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Follows No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987) See more »

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Shameless rip off but utterly forgivable!
19 February 2010 | by BrickNashSee all my reviews

The makers of this film are certainly no strangers to films that are "Inspired" by mainstream others. The company's earlier effort "No retreat No Surrender" was meant to be a take on the Karate Kid and this film is no different. Let's just get this out of the way now.......it's a Kickboxer rip off! In fact it goes beyond rip off in places with some parts and locations being nearly identical to the Van Damme film, it really is shameless!

Fortunately, Seasonal films are no slouches when it comes to fight scenes and here's where you start to forgive them for being such blatant pilferers. The Fights are truly spectacular, choreographed with such precise flow, speed and with such immense power. This film is a direct descendant of No Retreat No Surrender which was the first film to use western actors set in America with an Oriental production team and like it's ancestor it really is quite something. Gone are the traditional, slow movements of the 70's Kung-Fu films which were so akin to Shaw Brothers films at the time and in their place there is rip roaring torrents of brutal martial arts action.

Billy Blanks as Khan is a great, nay tremendous and utterly terrifying bad guy and it's always great to see the amazingly talented Keith Cooke (who almost steals the show here) but Loren Avedon is as hammy as ever despite his great fighting skill. Of course that's half the charm of these films and that statement is meant fully as a compliment. It certainly has captured the feel of Van Damme's Kickboxer although it doesn't match up to it in terms of polish or drama, but the fights more than make up for it!

Be like me, buy both and enjoy both!


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