Mark DiSalle (1989)

18 Certificate


Our Score
A key film in Jean-Claude Van Damme's career, this is the one that first gave an indication that the Muscles from Brussels could escape from straight-to-video hell and into the mainstream. Plotwise, this is nothing special: Van Damme is the brother of an injured kickboxing champion, who enters the ring seeking revenge. However, the fight sequences are staged with such élan that it is easy to ignore the hackneyed script - Van Damme had a hand in that as well - and rather wooden performances. After this, our hero moved on to bigger and better action vehicles, but the franchise continued without him, spawning several sequels.


A martial arts student witnesses his brother being brutally defeated in the ring by a Thai champion in a fight that leaves him paralysed. Vowing revenge, he seeks out the help of a reclusive master, under whose tutelage he hones his skills until he is ready to confront his enemy. Action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio and Haskell V Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Sloane Jean-Claude Van Damme
Eric Sloane Dennis Alexio
Xian Chow Dennis Chan
Tong Po Tong Po
Winston Taylor Haskell Anderson
Mylee Rochelle Ashana
Freddy Li Steve Lee
Tao Liu Richard Foo
Big Thai man Richard Liu
Director Mark DiSalle
Director David Worth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: video and DVD