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Kickboxer (1989)





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Jean Claude Van Damme kicks up his heels once again in this action film. Van Damme plays Kurt Sloane, the brother of American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio). Having bested the best in the United States, Eric takes off to Bangkok with little brother Kurt to defeat the kickboxing champion of Thailand. However, while Eric wins the fight, his career is finished for good when his opponent, the malicious Tong Po (Michel Qissi) breaks his spine after the final bell sounds, putting Eric permanently in a wheelchair. Kurt learns the sport of kickboxing himself, so he can get in the ring and teach the Thai champ a lesson. An old man who is a master at kickboxing, instructs Kurt in the brutal art, along with gentle bromides of Zen philosophy and spiritual peace. Kurt finally becomes a pro and lines up a match with Tong Po, but to insure victory, Tong Po's cohorts rape Kurt's girlfriend, kidnap his crippled brother, and even kill his dog. But Kurt is unbowed and is ready for the champ to meet his match.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Glenn A. Bruce, Glenn Bruce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 1999
HBO Video


Michel Qissi
as Tong Po
Dennis Alexio
as Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan
as Xian Chow
Haskell V. Anderson
as Winston Taylor
Steve Lee
as Freddy Li
Richard Foo
as Tao Liu
Ricky Liu
as Big Thai Man
John Ladalski
as U.S. Referee
Stephen Lee
as Freddy Li
Zennie Reynolds
as U.S. Fighter
Pairat Lavilard
as Gym Officer
Kanthima Vutti
as Eric's Girl
Amnart Komolthorn
as Ancient Warrior #2
Nickolas James
as U.S. Reporter
Montri Vongbuter
as Ancient Warrior #1
Richard Santoro
as U.S. Reporter
Mark Di Salle
as US Reporter
Louis Roth
as U.S. Reporter
Dean Harrington
as U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle
as U.S. Reporter
Sin Ho Ying
as Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan
as Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner
as U.S. Announcer
Michael Lee
as Old Man in Village
Mark Di Salle
as US Reporter
Tony Chan
as Huge Village Man #2
Tong Po Wan
as Tong Po
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Critic Reviews for Kickboxer

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is exactly what it looks like. That can be a good thing.

June 27, 2003
New Times

September 23, 2005

August 14, 2005

January 24, 2004
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Kickboxer


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Super Reviewer


His second best martial arts fest, the same kinda story as 'Bloodsport' with the same kinda revenge subplot and the same kinda outcome, but its great fun. Watching JCVD get there through some excellent training scenes/tests whilst we learn of criminal activity behind the scenes in a typically classic 80's way is just sheer joy.

The cast again is a good mix of west/east and if you look closely many are part of JCVD's stable of faces that are reused in a few of his old martial arts adventures.

Of course its 100% predictable and virtually plays out in exactly the same way as 'Bloodsport'. The fights all look decent and realistic accept for the final showdown perhaps, some nice music accompanies and a great performance from Dennis Chan as 'Xiao'.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Early Van Damme action goodness.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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