- Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres
- Directors: Newt Arnold
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Unknown
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: A (Adults Only)
- Studio: Excel
- Product Release Date: 29 Jun 2013
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- ASIN: B00D1OKPBG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,646 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Frank Dux has spent most of his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants.
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Classic plot: retribution for his master, flashbacks to when he was a chubby kid and karate helped put him on track, revenge for master's son who died tragically. I love that revenge of the nerds star was in this as well. Acting is horrible, but the fight sequences and music were well put together and you know you are rooting for Frank Dux! Definitely inspiring if you want to pick up martial arts if not to do some fancy kicks.
Pick this up, you'll like it. I can't say this about the other JCVD movies.
Yes, it is an "ETD" clone but as "ETD" clones go, its pretty damn good and stands on its own! Other than Kickboxer, Lionheart and perhaps the first Universal Soldier, this is easily Jean Claude Van Damme's best performance ever!
Like other reviewers, what kept me glued was the training montages and seeing all those different styles of fighting! While some of them were overplayed for the sake of film, many of these styles exist in real martial arts so it was fun to see them even if they were exaggerated a bit.
And while they didn't have any dialog, I found the other fighters to be engaging just by what they did on the Kumate mat! My favorite non-speaking character was, and still is, real-life fighter Paco! My friends and I loved him for some reason!
Bolo Yeung is the guy most young adolecent boys dream about being. Very little talk but all action! His portrayal of the villian Chong Li wasn't an acting masterpiece but it didn't need to be to convey that this was one bad mutha.....well you get the idea!
While this was based on the life of Frank Dux, the story has been exposed as fake in recent years. Still, even with that knowledge, its still a fun film to watch though it is toned down violence by today's standards. Imagine if they re-made this film today!? The level of violence would probably be off the page!
Van Damme, who had starred in other low-budget action films before this (most notably "No Retreat, No Surrender"), got his first starring role in this film and enjoyed a good run from 1987 until about the mid-90's! Still, this is one of his brightest moments in film! Enjoy martial arts action, 80's style!