Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his starring debut in the aptly titled Bloodsport. An American soldier at large in Hong Kong, Van Damme becomes involved in the Kumite (also spelled Kumatai), a highly illegal kickboxing competition. Whoever survives the bout will be crowned Kumite champion of the world-a title that has plenty of challengers with homicide in their hearts. The finale offers a duel to the death (or near-death) between Van Damme and reigning Kumite king Bolo Yeung. The script is based on the real-life exploits of martial arts champ Frank Dux (who serves as the film's fight coordinator). Denied such niceties as production values, Bloodsport scores big-time in the violent action department. A sequel followed in 1995, inventively titled Bloodsport 2. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
To this day, I can't think of a better action/martial arts flick that evokes more memories than Bloodsport. I was only 4 years old when it was released, and 11 the first time I saw it (not exactly a good move, but hey, I was mature for my age.) This movie caused me to start studying martial arts, watch a slew of other action and martial arts movies, and basically made me the guy I am today. Weird saying this, as Jean Claude Van Damme is certainly not a Oscar level actor, but the fight scenes were great, there are tons of martial arts styles to witness, and Chong Li I(Bolo Yueng) is the most insane bad guy I've seen in a movie like this, even to this day. If you've never seen it, and are a guy, there is something seriously wrong. See this movie NOW!!!
Probably a little out dated for today's movie goers, but this is a classic. Put Van Damme on the map...leave it to him to blaze a path off the map into obscurity. Anyway, based on a true story of an American who enters a no holds barred fighting tournament. If you have never seen it, check it out it is well worth a rental.
I watched this when it first came out and have seen in about 8 times since. This movie as well as "KIckboxer" are two of Van Dammes finest performances in the prime of his life. Loosely based on the true story of Frank Dux, Van Damme portrays the training that led him to the fight of his life in a fight or die Kumite. Bolo is in the movie, you may know him from a Bruce Lee movie. He even puts a twist on a famous Lee Quote from the film.If you love martial arts, then this is the film for you.
RENT This, better yet buy this dvd, I grew up with this movie, from having kumite fights on trampolines to learning martial arts. An all time favorite classic of mine and 1 of Jean Claude best performance, best soundtrack also.
Yeah this is the legendary Bloodsport which is really the precurser to all MMA fights today. Still the greatest martial arts movie of all time despite being old and probably low-budgeted with mediocre acting. The world's best fighters one-on-one against each other to see who is number one. Van DAMME never looked so good. You gotta love his signature duck-under-the-punch-and-palm-the-kidney move. This is the stuff dreams are made of (back in the 80's anyway).
This is definately the best movie Jean Claude has ever made. If your a martial art movie fan or Jeane Claude fan, this movie is a "must see". 'Bolo' plays a great part as well, as the current champion of the Kumite Tournament who Frank Dux(van damme) must defeat in order to win the tournament as well as take revenge for his buddy who Chong Li(bolo) almost kills in a match.