Newt Arnold (1987)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This is the movie that consolidated Jean-Claude Van Damme's standing in the martial arts film world and was a big UK video hit. Loosely based on a true story, it stars Van Damme as the first western fighter to enter a lethal martial arts tournament in Hong Kong. The always frightening Bolo Yeung is the man standing in his way. The Belgian star unsurprisingly merits even fewer acting plaudits than usual (it was pretty early on in his career), but director Newt Arnold wisely concentrates on the increasingly violent bouts. Look out for Forest Whitaker in an early supporting role.


A talented martial arts expert gets entangled with a tenacious undercover reporter as he takes part in an illegal fighting tournament, where the last man standing wins the day - and the losers usually end up in the cemetery. Action adventure, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton and Roy Chiao.

Cast & Crew

Frank Dux Jean-Claude Van Damme
Ray Jackson Donald Gibb
Janice Leah Ayres
Helmer Norman Burton
Rawlins Forest Whitaker
Senzo `Tiger' Tanaka Roy Chiao
Capt Chen Philip Chan
Young Frank Pierre Rafini
Director Newt Arnold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cannon Releasing UKGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: video and DVD