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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.Read more ›
*why does van damm always have to reveal his rear end in almost every film he makes??
The story, Kurt helps his brother train as he travels to compete in Thai Boxing competitions and the local legend , Tong Po, infamous for his brutality in the ring, does a real number on Kurt's big brother.
Frustrated and hysterical, Kurt must learn the hard way that if you have something to prove to yourself and to your family, you have to work, and work hard.
I don't want to spoil whatever plot there is to see in this movie, although it's considered derivative by modern standards, you obviously are considering seeing this film, and assuming for the first time. So is the story any good? Yes, it's simplistic , but it's memorable.
The setting of Bangkok is awesome, it really transports you to this other world. With whatever lack of budget this film might of had, it really uses the natural landscapes and locales , scenery and atmosphere money can't buy, so the look of the film is beautiful in this regard, from the dirt roads of the city, to giant statues and temples to rain fall in the jungles. Whatever format you get , I'd suggest getting the highest definition you can buy.
The characters are likable, that's not too much to ask for I think. Kurt makes friends like Winston, an army vet whose the "reluctant to help but has a big heart deep down" kind of guy, he's in Thailand to kick back and enjoy the "good life" now that he's retired and crosses paths with Kurt under some intense circumstances.
There's also a "crazy old man" named Xian , that is the wise martial art recluse in the jungle type of character, but I like how they really don't take the roles super serious.Read more ›
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Not the greatest movie ever made but it's still a good, fun watch when there're nothing else on TV. DVD was delivered on time and in great condition. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paul B. Jones
beginning career of the van damme and great Bangkok, thai scenes
and showing another type of full contact sport event, muy thai kick boxing
FIGHT FOR LOVE!
Not an accurate representation of the global combat sports scene.
This was a a candidate for best picture... ever made. The blu ray is cleaned up pretty good. You know the basic premise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian F
Loved watching this movie. Although it is older it is still one of my favorites.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie