The Quest (1996)



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In this action film, good-hearted crook Charles DuBois is abducted and enslaved by gun smugglers. A dashing pirate rescues him only to sell Charles to the finest kickboxer in the world. Under master Khao's tutelage, Charles becomes an extraordinary fighter and ends up traveling the world having many exciting adventures.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Stuart Klein, Paul Mones, Frank Dux, Jean-Claude Van Damme
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 2, 2002
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for The Quest

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

At its best in its first half, when Dubois has to find his way to the competition in the Lost City of Tibet.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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With the same grace and discipline that he displays in front of the camera, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a socko directorial debut.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The endeavor looks less like a movie than some ESPN programmer's worst brainstorm.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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The level of high-tension violence expected from a Van Damme film is blunted by poor direction, uninspired camera work, and a bland villain.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Interesting only for being so totally familiar, even if you've never seen another film about a Ghan-Gheng martial-arts match in an ancient Lost City in Tibet.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Quest


Van Damme basically remakes Bloodsport, but makes it boring instead of fun.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Pretty much the same movie as Bloodsport set in the early 20th century with a more "elaborate" plot. I don't know why but I love this movie.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


In "The Quest," Jean-Claude Van Damme directs and stars in this action movie about a street dweller (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who helps out kids that are on the street the best he can. He accidentally gets onboard a freight ship and travels to the Far East. Some people notice his fighting skills and he eventually gets entered in a fighting tournament that features the best fighters from various countries and continents. The fighters range from a sumo wrestler from Japan, a martial arts fighter from China who fights just like a monkey, and a monstrous and intimidating fighter from Mongolia. It's up to Van Damme to try and show everybody that he's the best fighter and have a chance at winning a huge golden dragon that goes to the fighter.
Unlike what Van Damme movies are usually known for, "The Quest" does have a good plot, and it's even directed by Van Damme himself. He should make more movies like this. "The Quest" has a plot, the fighting is exciting, and it's a good movie. I recommend anybody who likes good fighting movies to get "The Quest." You'll be glad you went along on this quest. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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