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The movie begins with montages of various hopeful competitors training and practicing their fighting techniques. Interspersed with these montages are shots of the arena where the Kumite will be held. The hosts of the Kumite are rehearsing pageantry and preparing the arena for proper use. Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), an army captain at his base, is summoned to a meeting with his colonel before going on furlough. The colonel has found out he plans to travel to Hong Kong while on furlough, and Dux's superiors want to stop him from entering the Kumite, in part because the Kumite is an illegal, underground fight. It is not sanctioned by world martial arts organizations, due to its particularly violent nature. Fatalities, though uncommon and frowned on, are considered part of the risk. Dux stages a daring escape from his base, going AWOL to travel to Hong Kong. The Army dispatches two MPs, Helmer (Norman Burton) and Rawlins (Forest Whitaker) to find Dux and bring him back.

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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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783114885
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kickboxer" on IMDb

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By Martin Asiner on 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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By A Customer on 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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Back in the 80s, this one was one my top movies!!!! Along with Karate Kid, The Dragon : Bruce Lee's Story and best of the best. All inspired me to become a martial arts expert. Which I have used for over 7 years! I can seriously say I have watch this movie over 100 times, before going to tae kwon do and afterwards. Trying to perfect my form, all show off movies. Nothing too powerful, but it looks amazing in demos for karate schools. You will truly fall in love with this movie!! RENT/WATCH IT/OWN IT!!!

*why does van damm always have to reveal his rear end in almost every film he makes??
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The setting, Thailand. The year, sometime in the 80s. The man, guy named Kurt Sloan ( JCVD ).
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.
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