Bloodsport (1988)


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Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his starring debut in the aptly titled Bloodsport. An American soldier at large in Hong Kong, Van Damme becomes involved in the Kumite (also spelled Kumatai), a highly illegal kickboxing competition. Whoever survives the bout will be crowned Kumite champion of the world-a title that has plenty of challengers with homicide in their hearts. The finale offers a duel to the death (or near-death) between Van Damme and reigning Kumite king Bolo Yeung. The script is based on … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Crosby, Mel Friedman, Sheldon Lettich
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Bloodsport

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

A well-plucked turkey, humourless and plagued by a script full of stilted mumbo-jumbo.

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

Van Damme may have been an excellent martial artist (he had fought as an amateur and professionally for several years before entering the movies), but he was no actor.

Full Review… | September 18, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Bloodsport is strictly for martial arts buffs; little is offered here in the way of plot, dialog, or acting.

Full Review… | November 2, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A campy Van Damne actioner fit for lovers of B films.

August 9, 2007
Cinema Crazed

Scary to think that a movie this bad could make anyone a star.

March 24, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Proudly plotless in a way that other low-budget actioners ought to emulate more often.

May 22, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Bloodsport

Fun and entertaining martial arts film, Bloodsport is not a perfect film, but is definitely an entertaining ride if you can get past the tongue in cheek moments and so-so acting. The reason that the film works so well is becauset of the great fight scenes that make up the film. Although the film relies on a decent script, the fights are great, and fun to watch, and make the film much better. The direction is effective enough to generate a film that is thrilling and exciting, and if you can forget that it's a corny action film with laughable dialogue, you'll most likely enjoy it. I didn't that this was a great film, and I felt it could have been much better, but it was entertaining. This is the first Jean-Claude Van Damme film that I've seen, and he is very good in his role despite the silliness of it all. If you enjoy martial arts films, pick this one up. The film's strength lies in the fight scenes and not the acting or plot. Expect an entertaining flick that is quite mindless and fun, but don't expect something great either. Bloodsport has plenty of flaws, which I already pointed out. Expect Van Damme doing lots of splits, which is awesome and pretty painful to say the least. The fights are wicked and that's all this film is, fights, fights more fights and even more fights. Bloodsport doesn't try to be great and memorable martial arts flick like Bruce Lee's short, but legendary filmography, but it has spirit and delivers awesome action despite its imperfections and lack of great story.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

"Bloodsport," even though it is based upon a real martial arts fighter, feels extremely corny and sloppily put together. The dialogue feels like it was written and directed by a young teenager who was given a professional camera, along with some big name hollywood actors who really do not seem interested in their own characters. Usually the action in a film like this would be the deciding factor between enjoyment or utter awfulness, and honestly, this film fails at that as well. The action is very poorly edited and there is practically no signs of practised choreography here. I could not keep myself from laughing during this entire film, not because of intended comedy, but because the characters were very unintertesting, the story is extremely generic, the cinematography captures the worst angles during the fight sequences, and the overall film suffers. Seeing as it is based on an actual person, you would think that the filmmakers would have put a but more devotion into the film and hired a better actor than Van Damme, but what can you do. The film was made, and it really sucks. Still, throughout the film you can find some enjoyment during the fight and chase sequences.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I, like most film fans, can appreciate the films of Kubrick, Goddard, Pabst, Bergman, and other auteurs. With patience, time, and access to a well-vetted Wikipedia page, one can slowly begin to peel back layer by layer the many different meanings encompassed in the very best of cinema.
However, it takes a certain kind of man to truly take on headfirst a film as profound, devastatingly honest, and important as Newt Arnold's Bloodsport. Arnold not only understands the human condition better than any filmmaker I have ever seen, but he also knows how to trim the fat and get to the very heart of what keeps people coming back to the movies over and over again. All of this, and much much more, is on display here in Bloodsport.
Arnold utilizes slow motion to great effect here as he knows that watching a fibula break just isn't the same when witnessed in real time. Also, the raw energy of the immensely talented cast only adds greater depth to the already riveting story that touches on, but is not limited to: alienation, addiction, love, and above all, pain. While I am sure there are countless metaphors buried beneath all of the abdominal blows and roundhouse kicks, I couldn't even begin to touch on them here. Hell, I don't even know if a doctoral dissertation could begin to unpack all of the symbolism Arnold gives us in a single frame. It's best to leave that to the experts, should there ever exist someone willing to take on such heady subject matter.
Hitchcock once said "For me, cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." I can only assume that Hitch got his hands on an early print of Bloodsport when he said this as I can not imagine any other film being more deserving of your time than this blood-soaked masterpiece.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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