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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!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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 character played by Bruce Fontaine exclaims "Hey, he hit me!" after an opponent slashes him with a knife. The scene was originally written so that Fontaine would be punched, but when the knives were improvised, no one updated the dialogue or corrected Fontaine. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the snuff movie shoot in the garage the actor being hoisted up on the meat hook changes from the bearded, brown haired actor to a dark haired clean shaven Chinese stuntman. 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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Alternate Versions

Australian Video Version is uncut - Including the meat hook through the head scene in the garage. See more »

Connections

Features No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) See more »

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**** Yeah!
21 February 2010 | by sveknuSee all my reviews

For a period of a couple of years, Loren Avedon appeared in several great martial arts movies with well choreographed, really fun and enjoyable martial arts action. King of the Kickboxers is another great movie and quite similar to the No Retreat, No Surrender movies which were all fun. It's entertainment from beginning to end, superb fighting is what this is about. Don't look for acting, story or things like that, because there aren't any. The appearance of Billy Blanks adds something extra to this film. He's a bad guy in this, and IMHO he suits that better than being a good guy. I think it's because he lacks that special 'good guy charisma', but as a villain he's great.


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