Bloodsport (1988)

R   |    |  Action, Biography, Drama

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Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport (1988)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Roy Chiao in Bloodsport (1988)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bolo Yeung in Bloodsport (1988)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport (1988)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Leah Ayres in Bloodsport (1988)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport (1988)

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2 November 2002 | soranno
High kicking martial arts action
In his film starring debut, Jean-Claude Van Damme portrays a martial arts expert who decides to compete in the Kumite, a no holds barred martial arts competition in Hong Kong. This film has plenty of the well staged fight scenes and martial arts sequences that would be evident in Van Damme's later films. A fair entry in the genre.

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Did You Know?


Bolo Yeung's character, Chong Li, is from South Korea.


Boxer: Jackson, you going to go to Hong Kong?
Jackson: I love anything full contact. I need a few more scars on my face.
Boxer: But I heard you can get killed at that Kumite.
Jackson: Only if you fuck up.


Right after Chong Li kills the opponent, he walks over to Frank and points at him. In the next shot his arm is down, he raises it and points again and says: "You are next."

Crazy Credits

Before the credits the following can be found: This motion picture is based upon true events in the life of Frank W. Dux. From 1975 to 1980 Frank W. Dux fought 329 matches. He retired undefeated as the World Heavy Weight Full Contact Kumite Champion. Mr. Dux still holds four world records: Fastest Knockout - 3.2 seconds Fastest Punch with a Knockout - .42 seconds Fastest Kick with a Knockout - 72 mph Most Consecutive Knockouts in a Single Tournament - 56 Subsequently Mr. Dux founded the first American Ninjitsu System. Dux-Ryu.

Alternate Versions

Finnish version is censored (over 20 minutes). The cuts include almost every fight of the movie, Jackson's first fight is heavily cut, every Chong Li's fight is cut to pieces. The whole sequence where the "Kumite"-song is heard and it shows several fights is removed, and the final conflict between Dux (J-C Van Damme) and Chong Li (excellent Bolo Yeung) is extremely cut (several minutes).


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Written, Performed and Produced by
Michael Bishop


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Action | Biography | Drama | Sport

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