The Quest

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Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a forgettable directorial debut with The Quest, a bland retread of better heroes' journeys.

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In the slums of New York City during the 1920s, petty thief Chris Dubois (Jean-Claude Van Damme) finds himself on the run from the police. At the docks, he hides on an outbound freight ship leaving for Asia. Taken in by the mysterious Lord Dobbs (Roger Moore) as the boat docks in Thailand, Dubois is introduced to the underground world of martial arts fighting. His training culminates in a secret battle between the world's greatest fighters that takes place before a select audience in Tibet.

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  • Jan 22, 2013
    If your a big action junkie and love martial arts movies and Jean Claude Van Damme than you will like this movie. Van Damme's first movie where he directs and stars in it is actually a well acted very fun movie. The action scenes are great and you have great performances by Roger Moore (James Bond) James Remar, and Jack McGee (Rescue Me TV series). Also there is a great villain in this movie too. Also, for anyone who thinks it is low on story, it actually has some decent character development and explains stuff with a clear plot.
    Ian I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    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 O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    It was a time when the world was still big enough for swashbuckling adventure-pirates on the high seas, gun runners in tramp steamers, people sold into indentured servitude and ancient mysteries in the exotic Orient. And, where men with big dreams still embarked on impossible quests. International box-office star Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his directorial debut with The Quest, an explosive action-adventure that celebrates the genre that launched his career. Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, an idealistic street criminal on the run from the police, who embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe, from the slums of 1920's New York City to the mysterious Lost City of Tibet, high in the Himalayas. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris' joumey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghan-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle on his long trek home.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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