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First Van Damme film has heart, but little else...
on September 14, 2002
I'll admit I had fun watching "Kickboxer," but I was disappointed at the end. The final fight could have been more exciting, with a stipulation that has become classic in martial-arts movies. But this film borrows too much from other great movies like "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid," and in the end there is little that has come to pass. But it is fun. Dennis Chan is great as the kickboxing master, Xian, and I liked the guy who played Van Damme's brother. It's not bad for Van Damme's first starring role, but he's done better since.