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Kickboxer (1989)





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Movie Info

Jean-Claude Van Damme enters a Thai kickboxing championship to avenge his brother, whom an evil opponent left paralyzed.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
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
Tony Chan
as Huge Village Man #2
Tong Po Wan
as Tong Po
Mark Di Salle
as US Reporter
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News & Interviews for Kickboxer

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


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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

Kickboxer Quotes

Karl Sloane: Watch your wallet.
Eric Sloane: She doesn't want my wallet. She wants to make it with the champ!
– Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
Karl Sloane: [looking up at Freddy Lee] I want Tong Po! Give me Tong Po!
– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)
Tong Po: [after beating Kurt senseless in a round of kickboxing] You bleed like Mylee! Mylee... good fuck!
– Submitted by Chris M (3 years ago)

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