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
Despite the HORRENDOUS acting and the cheesy choreography, this movie is still a bona fide classic! It's one of those 80's good-guy-always-wins feel goods! The only problem i had was seeing JC's rump in one of the scenes. I bet they did more than one take..
This is the movie that put JCVD on the map and made him a star! It is simply made, yet profound and moving. I love biographies and this one tells the true story of perhaps the greatest fighter than ever lived. This movie is the one that inspired me to get into martial arts and become fit to look like Van Damme! I have watched it over and over through the years, and although the acting is not that great (specially by the love interest) it is still very entertaining! And it's based on a true story! Great action and training montage scenes, the music is awesome and the scenery is beautiful, it's funny at times and very emotional towards the end, it is about honor, determination, discipline and respect, watch it, it is one of the greatest martial art movies ever made!! Van Damme is is amazing shape!!
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.