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Bloodsport


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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Newt Arnold
  • Writers: Christopher Cosby, Mel Friedman, Sheldon Lettich
  • Producers: Mark DiSalle, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301163796
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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A well-oiled Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his starring debut in what may be one of the few kickboxing films to be based on a true story. The Muscles from Brussels plays Frank Dux, the first Westerner ever to win the extreme "whupfest" known as the Kumatai (a long-running, no-holds-barred fighting tournament in Hong Kong). While a bit deficient in the script department (to say the least), this undeniably exciting flick succeeds by letting Van Damme play to his strengths: namely, minimal acting and a lot of impossibly acrobatic splits while kicking people in the head. A guilty-pleasure testosterone blast of the highest order, with a memorable villain (the massive Bolo Yeung from Enter the Dragon), and a multitude of well-choreographed fight scenes. An embarrassed-looking Forest Whitaker cameos as a hapless (and non-kickboxing) cop. --Andrew Wright

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By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2007
Format: DVD
Bloodsport marks Jean-Claude van Damme first starring role.it is
possibly his best movie to date,as far as martial arts action goes.the
fights in this scene are spectacular and very violent.Van Damme stars
as Frank Dux,who (for reasons i won't give away here)decides to enter a
secret and brutal full contact fighting competition held in Hong Kong
only once every 5 years.the best of the best from all around the world
come to the event in hopes of becoming champion.Dux hopes to become the
1st westerner to win it all.but before the tournament even begins,Dux
has a complication to contend with.i won't say what that complication
is,but let's just say it provides some comic relief in the film.if you
haven't seen the movie i won't give any more of the plot away.this
movie is very entertaining,fast paced and even has some comedy(see
above)the violence as i mentioned is very graphic and there one
particularly gruesome scene,so be warned.this movie is not about the
acting,although it is actually not bad.it is all about the action.for a
martial arts movie,this is easily in the top 10.a very strong 4/5
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During the martial-arts craze of the mid-90's, there were few bigger stars than Jean-Claude Van Damme. Though it wasn't a box-office hit during its enitial theatrical run, "Bloodsport", Van Damme's first starring vehicle certainly found its audience on cable and video. "Bloodsport" follows American fighter Frank Dux (Van Damme) as he enters a brutal full-contact tournament known as the Kumatai. Looking back at the movie that I once watched religously with all my friends almost a decade ago, it's probably to safe to say that if you didn't pick up on this one during its time then you probably won't understand it now. It had all the great things you'd expect from a Van Damme movie: Minimal story, cheesy overacting, and tons of random splits. The musical score from Stan Bush and a rather silly perfomance from Donald Gibb are the icing on the cake. Anytime I'm looking to take a trip down memory lane, I toss in this and "Kickboxer" and have my own little JCVD double-feature. Now, if only they could put together a special edition DVD.
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Format: DVD
THIS MOVIE, WHICH IS BASED ON SOME REAL LIFE EVENTS, IS ABOUT FRANK DUX [VAN DAMME], AN AMERICAN MARTIAL ARTIST WHO DECIDES TO ENTER A BRUTAL JAPANESE TOURNAMENT KNOWN AS THE KUMITE. THIS MAY'VE BE ONE OF THE BEST MARTIAL ARTS FILMS FROM THE 80S. CRITICS MAY HAVE CALLED THIS A POOR MAN'S ''ENTER THE DRAGON'', BUT IT IS MORE THAN THAT. IT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD, FUN MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE THAT FEATURES SOME VERY WELL CHOREOGRAPHED FIGHT SEQUENCES. THIS WAS VAN DAMME'S BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE. BOLO YEUNG [WHOM YOU MAY REMEMBER AS ONE OF JOHN SAXON'S OPPONENTS IN ''ENTER THE DRAGON] PLAYS A VERY MEMORABLE VILLAIN IN THIS MOVIE. THE FINAL FIGHT IN WHICH VAN DAMME FACES BOLO YEUNG IS A MUST SEE FIGHT. I WISH A LOT OF TODAY'S MARTIAL ARTS FILMS COULD BE LIKE THIS. SCREW THE BORING-A** ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP [WELL, ACTUALLY UFC WAS GOOD IN THEIR EARLIER DAYS, BUT THEY SUCK NOW!], GET THIS MOVIE NOW! BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BOLO YEUNG ALSO PLAYED THE VILLAIN FOR ''BLOODFIGHT'', WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH A RIP-OFF OF THIS MOVIE. FOLLOWED BY THREE DIRECT-TO-VIDEO SEQUELS.
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(Before i review, just want you fellow-Bloodsportians to know that i own Ray Jackson's bloody/sweaty bandana and am selling it on E-bay. or you can convineantly buy it at [...]) ...How do i review such a classic? umm, well van damme DOES do a split in it for one!!! he also challenged Paco to a "lets exchange armpit kicks" competition, and gets so into it that randy savage saw it and it inspired him to record an album slamming Huk Hogan! there's a special feature on the dvd with interviews from the cast. the monkey man said "the only reason i lost is because the kumite had no ropes, therefore i couldnt execute my patented irish-whip maneauver that i have perfected. also, my scene was cut where i hit the fat asian dude in the balls, and his grundle grew a beard and shaved itself because it was in so much harcore barry windham pain! it disappointed me a little, but seeing the small pee pee of Chong Li's in the shower always cheered me up. me and the guys began calling him "Chong Wee". one time, he got so mad that he smiled and gritted his teeth together and shook his head "no" for 11 hours straight!!!(like when he steps on Ray Jackson's head)" wise words from the monkey man if you ask me. oh, you know how "Dark side of the moon" and "the wizard of oz" if played simultaniously go together? well if you play Macho Man Randy Savages album with Bloodsport, then you automatically become cooler than Uncle Jesse and you can actually see Chong Li's nipples blink! and for anyone curious, a few did you know's? in bloodsport...while playing the arcade game "kung fu", Frank Dux's hand-double was actually Patrick Duffy from step-by-step, and Ray Jackson's hand-double was the foreskin of Carl Winslow.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
I'm not a fan of martial arts movies. I'm not a fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme. But if I see this movie playing on one of my cable channels, put a fork in me, because I'm cooked for the next 90 minutes.
After 30 minutes of attempted plot development, "Bloodsport" really gets going with some of the finest one-on-one fights I have seen as the Kumite competition begins. There are different fighters with all different types of styles, from brute strength, unorthodox defense methods such as hoping around like a kangaroo, and Van Damme's martial arts style. The Kumite makes up most of the remaining 60 minutes of the movie and is riveting.
Van Damme can't act to save his life (and I get a kick - no pun intended - out of his American accent), but he puts on a good show here. That's because he doesn't have much dialogue. Bolo Yeung, who plays arch-nemesis Chong Li is ripped and very convincing as the villian. Donald Gibb (Ogre from the "Revenge of the Nerds" movies) plays Van Damme's fellow Kumite participant who gets his clock cleaned by Chong Li, causing Van Damme an extra incentive for revenge.
It's cheesy, it's silly, it's poorly acted, but it is a lot of fun. A must!
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