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Kickboxer (1989)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Dennis Alexio , David Worth , Mark DiSalle  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi, Haskell V. Anderson III
  • Directors: David Worth, Mark DiSalle
  • Writers: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark DiSalle, Glenn A. Bruce
  • Producers: Mark DiSalle, Charles Wang
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hbo/Warner
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783114885
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kickboxer" on IMDb

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kickboxer: Van Damme learns his craft June 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Jean-Claude Van Damme will never be confused for anything other than what he is: a martial arts actor whose acting abilities are less important than his high-kicking ones. This is not a bad thing either. He is probably one of the two or three best action stars now working, and his legions of fans appreciate his style. In KICKBOXER, he reveals in one movie the best and worst of what he is capable. He plays Sloan, an American fighter whose brother is crippled by the savagery of the Thai champion, Tong Po, played by Van Damme's real life friend Michel Quissi, who stars in many of his other films. What the viewer sees is your basic get-revenge-on-the-dude-who-hurt-my-brother movie.
Van Damme closes with s stirring victory over a very tough and, in his own way, a colorful foe. Van Damme's strengths include his good looks, athletic ability, martial arts expertise, and even some boog-a-looing disco dancing. What he adds to this is a sense to the audience of breathless expectation. By simply looking at him undergo the bone-breaking training imposed on him by his Wise Old Master, the viewer can just for that moment put himself on the screen, absorbing the same beating. Even in his first films, when he played the bad guy, the audience knew that any victory the hero achieved over him was dictated only by the script. In KICKBOXER, Van Damme begins what for him proves a winning trend: he needs a worthy opponent to make the movie resonate. In KICKBOXER, Michel Quissi, who is no Asian at all, puts on makeup to simulate the epicanthic eyefolds and shaves his head to produce one mean-looking man. One of the most effective uses of a heavy that I have ever seen in any martial arts film is directors Mark DiSalle and David Worth's decision to introduce Tong Po not by sight but by sound.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Martial-Arts fans wake up! July 13, 1998
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Everybody in search of a good story or anything else that would normally make this title worth a look: Go away! This is for Martial-Arts fans only! But if you like the old fashioned "good guy gets trained by wise old master to kick the butt of the bad guy"-movie Type: Go ahead! Buy this! This early van Damme movie delivers it all (unlike most of his more recent ones): Great fights with a stunningly energetic choreography and one of the longes training-sequences ever to be seen in a movie. Especially the final fight agains evil Tong Po is a feast for every Martial Arts junkie. Going over almost 12 minutes (beware of the heavily cut german and english versions!) this fight is one of the best, ever satged with van Damme showing all he's got, only that here it's much better filmed than it was in "Bloodsport" for ex. His famous "Splits-kick" can be reviewed in this movie again, too! If only he would be doing this kind of stuff still. END
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jean Claude's best second to Bloodsport and Timecop June 26, 2005
By Thomas
I'm not a huge Jean Claude fan but I give credit where credit is do and this movie gets it. If you like Kickboxing or martial arts in general than you will like Kickboxer (why else would you be reading this review?). I won't give the plot in great detail but mainly Jean Claude goes to Thailand to learn Muy Thai in order to avenge his older brother's injury due to a fight with the champion Tong Po. As in Bloodsport, you get to see Jean Claude train to perfect his fighting skills though I'm not making definite comparisons between the two movies. Even if you don't really care for Jean Claude Van Damme but like martial arts, you should still check this one out. Now one thing I don't like about martial art dvd's is that most of them lack in the features department and this one is no different. Plus, this one is in full frame and not widescreen which is a shame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kiwi
1989 martial arts movie set in Thailand and focusing on the somewhat brutal sport of Muay Thai,the national sport of Thailand, which has gained wider recognition in the West because it's the de facto fighting style for mixed martial arts. Jean-Claude Van Damme is no great actor, but it's a good action movie for all that. In the movie, Van Damme is Kurt Sloane, brother of Eric (Dennis Alexio), the top kickboxer in the United States. Tiring of the generic competition of his native soil, he travels with brother Kurt to Bangkok, where he hopes to dethrone the current champ Tong Po (Michel Qissi), who has a reputation for fighting dirty. Kurt first sees this towering mountain of flesh and muscle kicking the hell out of a support beam in the locker room; that's the first clue to Kurt that Eric shouldn't get in the ring, but he's not listening. And Eric fights anyway, against baby brother's warnings.

To make a long story short, Eric takes quite a beating in the ring but a series of illegal blows delivered after Kurt throws in the towel cripple Eric for life. So what went wrong? According to some sources, American Kickboxing is a watered-down form of Muay Thai, so it's no wonder Tong Po got the upper hand so quickly on Eric, who despite his excellent training and peak physical condition, only landed a few lucky punches on the towering fighter. Apparently, Muay Thai is strictly for street fighting, not something for refined martial artists like Kurt and Eric. To teach Tong Po a lesson in humility, Kurt contacts American Winston Taylor (Haskell V. Anderson III) to seek out a venerated Thai master, Xian Chow (Dennis Chan), to learn the art of Muay Thai, and so the training begins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Van Damme is awesome as usual
Love it! Van Damme is awesome as usual, as are the others.
Published 8 days ago by Ishpreet Chawla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought it for a reason
Published 9 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
My favorite Jean Claude Van Damme movie. His training in the movie probably the most intense.
Published 14 days ago by Pablo Guzman
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and I would have given it 5 ...
I love this movie and I would have given it 5 stars, if it were not for this one scene where Van Damme is being pummeled in the face by his opponent who has glass on his knuckles,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by T. GOBIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Nelson Tatis Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars i love him an his movies an also he's very great ...
i love him an his movies an also he's very great at what he does in career also in Martial arts
an also the strength he has with everything he does with Martial arts he kick... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. Maria Jaskolka
5.0 out of 5 stars one of van damme's best.
Such a sick of van damme's best.
Published 27 days ago by Lance Ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the movie
I love the movie, truly one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. I have to say though, the Audio and Picture quality of the Blu-Ray is not that great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Big Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic Van Dam
Published 1 month ago by Nick D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by eliezer algarin
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