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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Glenn Bruce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 1999
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as Tong Po

as Eric Sloane

as Xian Chow

as Winston Taylor

as Freddy Li

as Tao Liu

as Big Thai Man

as U.S. Referee

as Freddy Li

as U.S. Fighter

as Gym Officer

as Eric's Girl

as Ancient Warrior #2

as U.S. Reporter

as Ancient Warrior #1

as US Reporter

as U.S. Reporter

as U.S. Reporter

as U.S. Announcer

as U.S. Reporter

as Huge Village Man #1

as Huge Village Man #2

as U.S. Announcer

as Old Man in Village

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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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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