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Kickboxer

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 1989
  • Mark DiSalle
  • 97 mins
  • 18

Summary

Martial arts adventure starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Kurt Sloane vows to avenge his brother's cruel defeat in a kickboxing fight by training to become the ultimate kickboxer.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Kurt SloaneJean-Claude Van Damme
Eric SloaneDennis Alexio
Xian ChowDennis Chan
Tong PoTong Po
Winston TaylorHaskell Anderson
MyleeRochelle Ashana
Freddy LiSteve Lee
Tao LiuRichard Foo
Big Thai manRichard Liu

Crew

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DirectorMark DiSalle
DirectorDavid Worth

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1989-08-18
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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