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Kickboxer (Jean-Claude Van Damme (DVD)

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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1989 / Director: David Worth / Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Chan ... / DVD released 06 January, 2003 at Prism Leisure Corporation / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen

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      16.04.2010 14:07
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      A man fights for revenge.

      This has to be Jean Claude Van Damme at his best!

      The story.
      Kurt Sloans brother Eric is a world champion kickboxer. He has beaten the best and is hungry for more. After being told that he is nothing compered to the fighters in Thailand Eric and Kurt pack up and head to the country to take on their current champion Tong Po. After getting into the ring with Tong Po, Eric is seriously hurt by the vicious champion as a way of showing that he is nothing. After finding out that Eric will only just recover from the injuries and will never fight again, Kurt goes out looking to be trained in Muay Thai so that he can challenge Tong Po and have revenge for his brother.
      As everyone laughs in his face he eventually gets intriduced to a Muay Thai master who agrees to train him and get him ready for the fight of his life, a fight that will define him.

      My Opinion.
      Like I said above I believe this to be one of Van Dammes greatest films. It is his fighting abilities at their best and him giving a performance when he was in his prime, acting wise and physically.
      Although this film was never going to be about the acting, the cast do manage to pull off a convincing show of emtion where needed and the story does actually have a story, unlike many other attempts at showing martial arts in film.
      The one thing this film mainly has going for it is Van Dammes great ability at showing us fine moves and physical appearance. That doesn't mean what he does is true martial arts in the raw form but instead, the sort of stuff that makes watching it on film great eye candy.

      If your not a fan of martial arts of Van damme I don't think this will appeal that much but I could be wrong. This is a classic of the eighties and one that should be appreciated for that. Many other films have tried to gain success off its back which says something in itself.

      At £2.99 in most places where you look this is a true bargain.

      Enjoy!

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      23.02.2010 21:00
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      Love it! Watch it.

      Introduction:

      Jean-Claud Van Damme is the star of this 1989 martial art movie, written, directed and produced by Mark DiSalle. This film followed blood sport and was another opportunity for Van Damme to show of his unique fight style and his eye watering ability to do full splits (ouch). The fight style used by Van Dame mixes Muay Thai with Shotokan Karate.

      The Plot:

      Kurt (Van Damme is the corner man for his brother Eric (Dennis Alexio) an American Kickboxing champion. They both travel to Thailand, Bangkok to fight Tong Po (Michel Qissi) the Thailand champion. After a vicious fist round beating it is clear that Eric is outmatched by Tong Po. Even though Kurt tries to stop the fight his brother is to proud and stubborn and want to continue. In the second round Kurt takes more of a beating and before Van Damme can throw in the towel to stop the fight his brother suffers injuries that leave him paralyzed. While his brother lies in hospital Kurt vows to avenge his brothers defeat and beat Tong Po in the ring. The only way he could be good enough to win is to travel to remote area of Thailand to seek training from a master of Muay Thai, Xian Chow. Only then could he be ready for the fight of his life.

      My Opinion:

      Quite a good martial arts movie with some brilliant fight scenes. Classic revenge, underdog come good, movie but it works. This is one where you can switch off your brain and just let the testosterone take over. Van Damme does his usual hammy, cheesy acting but is still entertaining. Kick Boxer and Blood Sport are among my most favourite martial art movies and Van Damme is my favourite western martial artistist. This film is actually funny in some places, watch out for the drunken bar scene and his training with Xian Chow which is more like torture (it will make your eyes water).

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      19.02.2010 09:33
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      A must see for all martial arts lovers

      Kickboxer was released in 1989, it was directed by Mark DiSalle and David Worth and written by Jean Claude Van Damme.

      Kickboxer has to be one of my favourite films, I firsts saw it when I was about 10
      years old and I was absolutely fascinated by it. My brother, who is about 13 years older than me, loved martial arts films and is a kickboxing instructor himself now, I really looked up to him, so when he was at work I used to sneak in his room and watch his dvds, Kickboxer being one of them.

      Ok so Jean Claude Van Damme is not the best actor but he isn't that bad either, and he more than makes up for his flaws with his amazing martial arts skill.

      The film is about a man, Kurt Sloan, who's brother, Eric, a US Kickboxing champion, gets paralysed when in a fight with evil Thailand champion Tong Po. With his brother in a wheelchair, and his career over, Kurt wants Tong Po to pay for what he has done to his brother.

      He seeks help from Zion, a master Kickboxing instructor in Thailand. You see how Zion trains Kurt and helps him to get good enough to fight Tong Po.

      Kurt and Tong Po' fight is the highlight of the film, it doesn't look fake and is skilfully presented to the audience.

      If you love martial arts film then this is a absolute must see, its jam packed with action.

      The cast includes.....

      Jean Claude Van Damme as Kurt Sloan
      Dennis Alexio as Eric Sloan
      Dennis Chan as Xian Chow
      Michel Qissi as Tong Po
      Ka Ting Lee as Freddie Li

      Kickboxer is obviously now a dated film and is fairly low budget but that's what makes you realise just how much the martial arts is relied on in the film.

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      13.08.2009 13:29
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      Watch it, no CGI, a film of a dying breed...

      KICKBOXER is a classic film, whether you're a die hard Van Dame fan
      or simply a fan of films from that era and genre. With little to no special
      effects this is a hardcore action one on one hand to hand combat movie.
      Whatever people say about the muscles from Brussels he is clearly a
      talented man, perhaps not an actor or even a real fighter but he is certainly
      athlete.

      Bringing the grace of a ballet dancer to the raw power of Thai kickboxing
      only our beloved toy soldier Jean Claude could pull this one off. Although
      dated both in quality of film and script this film still packs all the punches
      and kicks some serious behind. With outstanding repetition of foot to face
      shots so typical of the genre Kick boxer holds a place in the bad 80's martial
      arts hall of fame. However, this is no Bruce Lee film and should not be
      categorised anywhere near such masterpieces.

      With a simple and loose storyline with not much to concentrate on you
      can sit back and enjoy intense training montages and ridiculous fight
      sequences set against the inspiring backdrop of Bangkok. Expect bad
      dialogue, tenuous love story sub plot and amusing and quite under whelming
      action scenes. Take into account there is no CGI and that this is a valuable
      era and format of films of this kind.

      The first of a five film saga the sound track is equally bad but in such a good was that only late 80's and early 90's films seem happy to role with tracks such as To the Hospital / We'll See (01:15) and The Eagle Lands (04:02). This film is worth every, 105 Minutes.

      Everyone knows Bruce Lee would have wiped the Flaw with Van Dame,
      you're all thinking it...I just said it and you know it's true...

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        19.03.2009 11:10
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        Good early Van Damage

        Inexplicably weirdly accented Jean Claude Van Damme plays the brother of an American kickboxer in the aptly titled 'Kickboxer'.

        Following on from the previous year's 'Bloodsport', Van Damme here plays Kurt Sloan, brother of the world kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. Eric, while fighting in Thailand falls foul of the brutal hands of Tong Po, the Thai champion. Po manages to paralyse Eric in the ring (oo err!) and Kurt vows revenge. Kurt trains hard under the watchful eye of Zion in the jungle areas of Thailand to fight Tong Po in a brutal showdown.

        Here Van Damme is totally on top of his game physically. You can believe that he could actually deck anyone he wanted, but at this point in his career the palm tree he constantly round house kicks acts him off the screen.

        But then again, you aren't likely to be watching the film if you care about acting ability - you really want him to kicks some bottoms. And that he does, especially in the final showdown with Kung Po. Revenge is the main mo0tive behind the film, and not content with just paralysing his brother, Kung Po kidnaps him and rapes his girlfriend - what a bounder!

        This film also includes the now notorious scene when Van Damme and Kung Po dip their fists into broken glass, which was sent up memorably in Hot Shots Part Deux.

        Out of the two films, I preferred Bloodsport, just down to the fact that Van Damme had more actually fighting, rather than training. The training is pretty good though, especially when he's being pushed to the limit by the Miyagi-like Zion. At one point he's having his legs split wide open by some ropes, in another he's having a coconut dropped on his stomach from a great height.

        In another ludicrous attempt to show Van Damme's new kickboxing skill, Zion gets drunk in a local mobsters bar and tell the locals that Van Damme said their father's had shagged a mule. In his drunken stupor he kicks the locals to bits.

        Kickboxer is another in a long line of decent Van Damme movies - next comes Cyborg!

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          18.02.2009 18:14
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          At least worth a watch.

          In Kickboxer, Jean Claude Van Damme plays Kurt Sloane, who begins as a corner man for his brother Eric, an American kickboxing champion. When Eric becomes paralysed via a vicious beating in the ring by the Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows to avenge his brother and master the art of Muay-Thai for himself.

          This is the formula of the entire movie, and is given to the audience within the first ten minutes of its beginning. Talk about no nonsense film making. There's even a token black guy thrown in there to inject further humour.

          Don't expect any plot twists; simply put, this is all about the action.

          Admittedly, the script and acting is laughable throughout, which, at times, is even inexcusable given the era. Most of the time I got the impression I was watching a cheap re-hash of Karate Kid and Rocky III all rolled into one.

          It is when Kurt meets the old Chinese master Xian Chow that things really see what Van Damme is made of: he begins to train, in preparation for the day he will meet Tong Po in the ring. However, noticing that Sloane's abilities as a fighter are developing rapidly, mobsters threaten his life and force him to fight only under the ancient methods of the sport. These involve both fighters wrapping their hands in hemp rope, coated with resin, and then dipping in shards of broken glass.
           
          What follows is an epic final battle, where Kurt flexes his incredible skill and technique in the face of Tong Po, as he vows for vengeance.

          Ok it's Van Damme- hardly mine, if anyone's, favourite "Actor", but Kickboxer is at least worth a watch for the sweaty man fights, Van Damme's freakish ability to do the full splits, and his infamous "ass shaking" scene with two young, Thai females.

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          12.08.2001 06:58
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          Jean Claude Van Damme goes with his brother to Thailand to watch him fight in a kickboxing match, his brother is a big head American sport fighter who doesn't realise how tough the Thai kickboxing scene is... His brother is crippled in the ring by a vicious Thai fighter called Tong Po. Jean Claude finds a trainer to teach him Muay Thai kickboxing (probably the best part of the movie) so that he can challenge Tong Po. The training scene in the Thai temples is quite atmospheric, one or two of the fights are quite good too. But the whole thing is ruined by the bad script and the appalling last fight scene...

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            03.11.2000 00:24
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            The Kickboxer has one of the thinest plots ever.... Basically Jean-Claude sees his brother paralysed by a KickBoxer, and so gets trains and fights him to avenge the deed! Thats it! So is it worth seeing.... Not really. The film is extremely average in every sense. The fight sequences are nothing to write home about, and the acting is particular wooden. If you're a big van Damme fan then maybe you should see this to get a grasp of what his earlier films were like, but otherwise miss it....

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              20.07.2000 09:33
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              'Kickboxer' was another example of brainless, trashy, straight-to-video 1980s martial arts film-making, for which its lead, Jean Claude Van Damme, was robbed of an Oscar Nomination (sarcasm darling, sarcasm). The plot, as with every other martial-arts film, is of Van Damme kicking-ass to win a kick-boxing tournament in Thailand, so he can have revenge on the man who crippled his brother (who looks absolutely nothing like him). The fighting here is quite good, concluding with the memorable fight in which they dip they're hands in glue, nails, and broken glass (parodied in 'Hot Shots, Part Deux). 'Kickboxer' is genuinely entertaining if you can accept that it's not Shakespeare. It has a million memorable lines ("Yeah, but can he move like me?") and features Van Damme doing the worst example of 1980s dancing in the world... EVER!!

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