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U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who consider him to be AWOL. After enduring a difficult training and beginning a romance with journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres), Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?


  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Donald Gibb
  • Leah Ayres
  • Norman Burton
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Roy Chiao
  • Philip Chan
  • Pierre Rafini
  • Bolo Yeung
  • Ken Siu

Did You Know?


  • Though Frank Dux's brick-breaking demonstration is purely fictional, the Dim Mak ("Death Touch") is a legendary move fabled in Chinese martial arts folklore. The Dim Mak is an accu-pressure attack where the attacker quickly strikes his opponent several times (in sequence) at various spots on his body. Striking an opponent in this method can result in broken bones, paralysis/painful muscle spasms or even instant death. Pei-Pei Cheng's character Jade Fox uses a paralyzing Dim Mak-type attack in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
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  • When Dux and Jackson are playing Karate Champ together, a closer look at the screen reveals that it is in single-player mode.
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    • Jackson: Time to separate the men from the boys.
    • Victor: Just be sure Chong Li doesn't separate your head from your body.
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The fight scenes are staged cleanly enough by Newt Arnold, a veteran assistant director (to Sam Peckinpah, among others) making his debut at the helm. But the contest format is hopelessly repetitive and inert, the characters would seem underdeveloped in a comic book, and the restricted setting ensures that the action will never develop any real scale or velocity. The Chinese may take it on the chin in Bloodsport, but their own movies are infinitely better.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Bloodsport offers some lurid but fascinating bits. Chief among them: Van Damme, his feet tied to two poles, performs horrifyingly painful splits. Otherwise, Bloodsport boasts bad acting, bad photography and a bad script. So much for the art of motion pictures. [03 May 1988, p.C4]

Metacritic review by Hal Boedeker
Hal Boedeker
Miami Herald