Ok, so this movie came out in the 80s when every sports-oriented movie featured some rip-off song that was supposed to sound like "Eye of the Tiger," and the men had blow-dried hair and the acting was way too melodramatic...and yet, Kickboxer is still a damn good movie despite having these inherent flaws. Van Damme is mainly a martial artist, not an actor, but he does one thing that none of the other action stars could ever do---he makes you feel sympathetic towards him. He can act distressed, scared, out of control with fear, and we actually believe him. Stallone, Schwartzenegger and Segal sure as hell couldn't do it, but Van Damme can. Because of this, you really feel for his character in this film. We follow him during his training to become a kickboxer and we feel his pain and his frustration. His "master," by the way, does some of the best acting of any person who has ever starred in any martial arts film. He's hilarious! While the fight scenes are good, they only make up about 20 minutes of this 90 minute movie. Although there are some really cheesy moments and a few bits of ridiculously bad dialogue, all in all this movie should be rated tops in the genre or martial arts flicks.