The Quest

1996

The Quest

Critics Consensus

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

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Martial arts movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme made his debut behind the camera as the director of this sweeping action drama. Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, a clown pickpocket and Fagin-like leader of orphan thieves in 1925 New York City. Kidnapped by gun smugglers and then sold to pirate captain Lord Dobbs (Roger Moore), Chris eventually ends up the property of Khao (Aki Aleong), a master Asian kickboxer. His fighting skills win Chris a chance at a legendary contest, a gladiatorial showdown between champions of the world's many diverse combat styles in a Tibetan lost city. Along for the trip are the avaricious Dobbs, heavyweight boxing champ and fellow competitor Maxie (James Remar), and Carrie (Janet Gunn), a beautiful female reporter.

Cast

Janet Gunn
as Carrie
Ryan Cutrona
as Officer O'Keefe
Matt Lyon
as Billy
Peter Wong
as Chinese Fighter
Kitao
as Sumo Fighter
Habby Heske
as German Fighter
Cesar Carneiro
as Brazilian Fighter
Takis Triggelis
as French Fighter
Azdine Nouri
as Turkish Fighter
Stefanos Miltsakakis
as Greek Fighter
Peter Malota
as Spanish Fighter
Winston Ellis
as African Fighter
Han Soo Ong
as Okinawan Fighter
Brick Bronsky
as Russian Fighter
Ip Choi Nam
as Korean Fighter
Michael Ian Lambert
as Scottish Fighter
Gordon Masten
as Bartender
Zev Revach
as Turk Captain
Kristopher Van Varenberg
as Young Chris Dubois
Cherdpong Laoyant
as Bangkok Dining Salon Waiter
Kiato
as Sumo Fighter
Vichai Indtrasathit
as Tibetan Monk In New York
Chai Chapanond
as Lama--Announcer
H. Rudy Gontha
as Innkeeper
Cherdpong Laoyont
as Bangkok Dining Salon Waiter
Jason Cavalier
as Youth No. 1
Rik Kiviaho
as Youth No. 2
Michael Caloz
as Child No. 1
Emilio Migliozzi
as Riggi's Mug
Brauno Belfiore
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Michael Davila
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Magnus Ljungberg
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Ze'ev Revach
as Turk Captian
Joseph Dykes
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Martin Gerber
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Lindsay Sargeant
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Scott Wilson
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
Paul Moses
as Member of Fighters' Entourage
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Critic Reviews for The Quest

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Audience Reviews for The Quest

  • 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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