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The Quest (1996)

A group of gentlemen of fortune visits a legendary 'Lost City', located in Tibet. They plans to steal a priceless statue 'Golden Dragon' during the martial arts tournament.

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Frank Dux (story), Jean-Claude Van Damme (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Christopher Dubois
Roger Moore ... Lord Edgar Dobbs
James Remar ... Maxie Devine
Janet Gunn ... Carrie Newton
Jack McGee ... Harry Smythe
Aki Aleong ... Khao
Abdel Qissi ... Khan (Mongolian Fighter)
Louis Mandylor ... Riggi
Chang Ching Peng Chaplin Chang Ching Peng Chaplin ... Master Tchi
Ryan Cutrona ... Officer O'Keefe
Shane Meier ... Red
Matt Lyon Matt Lyon ... Billy
Jen Sung ... Phang (Siamese Fighter) (as Jen Sung Outerbridge)
Peter Wong Peter Wong ... Chinese Fighter
Kitao Koji ... Sumo Wrestler
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Storyline

Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris' journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle... Written by Tim Kroll <tkroll@chs.cusd.cusd.claremont.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He never gave up in his Quest to reclaim his Honor. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and martial arts fights | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kalandor See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,029,120, 26 April 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,400,547
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme under his five-picture contract with Universal Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1920s and the tournament is represented by fighters from different sovereign nations around the world. One of the first fights announced is "Okinawa vs. Japan", but Okinawa had been part of Japan since 1879, over 50 years before the tournament. See more »

Quotes

Maxie Devine: [after being hitted by Khan] What the hell is this?
Khao: That's what you'll face at The Ghan-Gheng.
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Alternate Versions

Despite its PG-13 rating in the US, this film was rated 18 in the UK, and the video version had a double earclap removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les amants criminels (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Raggedy Rag
Written and Performed by Sourcerer
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good
17 November 2001 | by Slaphammer1See all my reviews

This film is a lot better than I expected, and much better than the other imdb comments would imply. You can essentially split this movie in half, with the first half being an adventure movie and the second half being a fight competition. I actually liked the adventure portion a lot more than the fight competition, which is surprising since I like stuff like Bloodsport (the fight part of The Quest is essentially a higher-budget version of Bloodsport). At any rate, this movie is great visually -- it's filmed in a lot of exotic locations. I also thought the direction was great...there were some interesting shots that really impressed me for Van Damme's first directorial effort. The story kinda moves along too quickly and there are a couple parts where this strains the believability of the story (such as how easy it is for Van Damme to get the fight invitation/map from the boxer), but these are easily overlooked and don't really detract much.

I went into this expecting it to be low-budget and fairly dumb, but I was surprised at the lavish production and the fact that it has an actual story which I find more interesting than the fighting.


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