Kickboxer 1989

Kickboxer

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Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) is an American kickboxing pro, helped by his brother, Kurt (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his quest for glory. But when the two go to Thailand to take on legendary Tong Po (Michel Qissi), the opponent viciously beats Eric and leaves him paralyzed. Swearing vengeance, Kurt tracks down master Xian Chow (Dennis Chan) and begins learning the sport himself while also getting caught up in criminal intrigue involving thuggish crime boss Freddy Li (Ka Ting Lee).

Cast & Crew

Dennis Alexio
Eric Sloane
Paul Hertzog
Original Music
Jon Kranhouse
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Wayne Wahrman
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Madalena Chan
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Wong Sui Lung
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Shay Austin
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Critic Reviews for Kickboxer

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  • Mar 11, 2014
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  • Dec 01, 2012
    Pretty entertaining Van Damme martial arts film, Simple story and good fight scenes, Predictable but fun.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    I grew up watching Van Damme films and this one had to be one of my favourite films. the film is full of eighties bad dialogue but there is something about this film that I can't deny. I enjoyed revisiting this film which is easily the best out of the series. Van Damme just has the personality to help this film beyond its simplistic plot. The film is basically a revenge plot which sees Tong Po putting Eric Sloane into a wheel chair after quite a brutal fight in Thailand. Van Damme's Kurt Sloane decides he must revenge he's brother and decides to train with an old trainer who just might give him the edge to win. the training seens really make this movie work and are enjoyable to watch. the only time the film really does slip into bad filmmaking is the rescue scene during the final confrontation. If you can overcome this silly subplot then you'll enjoy the rest of the movie. the film slowly burns to the envitable confrontation which is really brutel and so it should. the film builds to a grand conclusion and it doesn't let you down. Van Damme is very likable in the lead and provides so excellent action scenes. I highly recommend this film solely on the eighties alone, these films are just great entertainment which is missing from the cinema.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    One of Van Damme's best. I insist: this is cinema made by filmmakers with a single purpose in mind: to make brainless action. That is the point. We need the 80's back. Michael Bay translated this lesson into CGI, yet CGI does not equal action. Anyway, give it a try. Flixster user Cal (PvtCaboose91) made a wise comment in his profile: "<b>I AM NOT A CRITIC!</b> My reviews may sound like I'm a critic, but I'm the furthest thing from a critic. Critics give films like Judge Dredd 1 star, and have no idea how to have fun in movies." So, my message is: learn how to have fun, but with the right and proper R-rated stuff. If you're still a whining b**** and want movies from the new millennium, you still have no excuse. Tony Jaa is kicking ass out there. 70/100
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