Bloodsport (1988)

R   |    |  Action, Biography, Drama

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"Bloodsport" 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.




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

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13 February 2018 | claudio_carvalho
| One of the Best Van Damme´s Films
The military Frank Dux (Jean Claude Van Damme) abandons his base to participate in the Kumite, a dangerous secret competition in Hong Kong. Before embarking in the airplane, Frank visits his martial arts trainer Senzo Tanaka (Roy Chiao), who is terminal, and promises to win the tournament to honor him. Frank travels to Hong Kong and befriends the fighter Ray Jackson (Donald Gibb) that is lodged in the same hotel and has a love affair with the journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres). However the American officers Helmer (Norman Burton) and Rawlins (Forest Whitaker) chase him to bring home back to the base without injuries. Meanwhile Frank and the dirty Japanese fighter Chong Li (Bolo Yeung), who won the last Kumite, are winning their fights and coming to the ultimate fight.

"Bloodsport" is an early Van Damme´s film and also one of his best films ever, disclosing the refuted story of the American martial artist Frank Dux. The screenplay is funny and engaging with excellent fight choreography. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Grande Dragão Branco" ("The Great White Dragon")

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Did You Know?


Ray Jackson does not use any recognized martial art at any point in the film.


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.


When Frank and Ray play the video game what happens in the game has nothing to do with the way they operate the controllers.

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).


Fight to Survive
Music and Lyrics by
Shandi Sinnamon (as Shandi) and Paul Hertzog
Performed by Stan Bush
Stan Bush appears courtesy of Scotti Brothers/Epic Records


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Biography | Drama | Sport

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,721 28 February 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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