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Kickboxer
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2004
Like its predecessor 'Bloodsport,' 'Kickboxer' is a showcase for the young Belgian karate expert Jean-Claude Van Damme. Like the character he played in 'Bloodsport' (Dux), Van Damme played a likeable, underdog fighter who has to overcome great odds against a hulking fighter who crippled his kickboxing champion brother. The training and trials he goes through to finally avenge his brother is reminescent of numerous Chinese kung fu movies.
'Kickboxer' and 'Bloodsport' are to martial arts what Rocky 1-4 are to boxing. You can't help but cheer for the little guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2004
This movie is unbelieveable! The reason it is unbelieveable? One scene, and one scene only. The dancing scene in the middle of the movie. It goes like this...Van Damme and his wily master go to a dive bar. His master makes him drink a mystery liquor. Van Damme, being the dork that he is in this movie (he is wearing a body suit/tank top at the bar that has clamps that connect at the shoulder, this keeps the shirt from falling off and makes Van Damme look like a dink), gets hammered. He is then forced to dance... With a shreek "AYYYEE", his master cues the music and movie history is made! Van Damme shakes his hips and does his splits, attracting all the babes...and Tong Po's gang! But who cares about those hooligans, Van Damme is getting his groove back better than Stella ever thought possible! The gang attacks him, and he pummels those lousy goons. "You got Served!" has nothing on Van Damme! He would serve those suckahs like he does Tong Po at the end! Nut-Sue Cow (White Warrior in Thai) to you all! What this movie teaches us is that Van Damme's ballet lessons did not actually teach him to "cut a rug", and that his brother is Latino? Buy this movie for this scene, trust me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2003
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2000
"Kickboxer" was one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's first good fighting movies. Now he's made several, but this is one of the movies that got him recognized as a great actor and a great fighter in movies. Kurt Sloane (Jean-Claude Van Damme) makes it his mission to seek revenge and ultimately fight Tong Po, the Thai kickboxer that paralyzed his brother Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio). But if Kurt wants to earn a fight with Tong Po, he has to train and learn the style of Thai fighting. With the help of Xian (Dennis Chan), he just might have the chance.
I've seen just about all of Van Damme's movies, and I still think that "Kickboxer" is one of his best. It has a lot of great fighting in it, and the training that Xian puts Kurt through to get him prepared for the big fight was another great thing about the movie. The training sequences seemed a lot like real karate training. When Tong Po and Kurt finally fight, it was some of the best fighting action I've ever seen in a movie.
"Kickboxer" isn't the best Van Damme movie, but it is exciting and it's one of his best. It was a great movie to kickstart Jean-Claude Van Damme's career as an actor in fighting movies. It's hard to believe that the directors didn't pick Van Damme to be in any of the other Kickboxer movies because he did a good job in this one. If you like fighting movies, I definitely recommend getting "Kickboxer."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2004
This has to be the best Van Damne movie with Bloodsport and Hard Target, get this movie its Van Damne's best, 4.8/5
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on July 20, 2000
Well, to be honest, I think this is an excellent film. It has lots of fighting scenes. My favourite bit of this film is when Jean Claude Vandamme training with his master. I have actually watched it about seven times now and I still not get enough of it. Some other people say this film only worth four stars, but in my opinion this film worth at least four and half stars. I am actually is a karate kid, so when I was watching this film, I could learn a lot of kicks from it. So if anyone is very keen at karate, they should definitely buy this, not just rent it! Fool!
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on July 20, 2000
Well, to be honest, I think this is an excellent film. It has lots of fighting scenes. My favourite bit of this film is when Jean Claude Vandamme training with his master. I have actually watched it about seven times now and I still not get enough of it. Some other people say this film only worth four stars, but in my opinion this film worth at least four and half stars. I am actually is a karate kid, so when I was watching this film, I could learn a lot of kicks from it. So if anyone is very keen at karate, they should definitely buy this, not just rent it! Fool!
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on July 20, 2000
Well, to be honest, I think this is an excellent film. It has lots of fighting scenes. My favourite bit of this film is when Jean Claude Vandamme training with his master. I have actually watched it about seven times now and I still not get enough of it. Some other people say this film only worth four stars, but in my opinion this film worth at least four and half stars. I am actually is a karate kid, so when I was watching this film, I could learn a lot of kicks from it. So if anyone is very keen at karate, they should definitely buy this, not just rent it! Fool!
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on May 30, 2004
"kick the tree"
I rate this as Van Damme's best movie. Out of all the movies he has done, I think only 8 or so are good.
This movie has a decent story, ok acting and a great performance by a young Van Damme.
Cover is nice, no special features though.
Again, Van Damme is terrific in this action flick, on top of his game.
If you like a good action movie, especially a martial arts one, Kickboxer belongs in your collection.
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on July 25, 2003
I recently purchased this movie on dvd and let me tell you that it is still amazing as ever! Jean Claude is at his best in this movie, with the amazing (but painful) training scenes and well choreographed fight scenes. The last fight between Jean Claude and Tong-Po are awesome. I would recommend this movie to any JCVD fan out there. Go buy this movie right now, it will not let you down. Truly an amazing movie!
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