Basically a series of brutal fights for martial arts fans. JCVD is impressive in the fight scenes and lacking everywhere else.
For old fans it's fun nostalgia of a video rental classic. People new to this film will probably hate it!
Bloodsport was Jean-Claude Van Damme's breakout film. It is basically Enter the Dragon (or Mortal Combat for my millennial readers) done on a low-budget in the heart of the eighties -- complete with ethnic stereo types that include an African fighter who hops around on all fours like a monkey, a training sequence set to perfectly cheesy 80's music, and one of the worst chase scenes ever put to celluloid.
The director of this movie is Newt Arnold, also known as the "Man in Shower" in the Goonies... literally. He has done virtually nothing else of significance according to Rotten Tomatoes. Hint: he is the one with the eye patch... of course.
This movie is about the existence of a greater power, the perception of reality, and grown men beating the shit out of each other. Actually, it is only about grown men beating the shit out of each other. Kumite! Kumite! Kumite!
From 1975 to 1980, Frank W. Dux had 329 matches. He has retired undefeated as the Heavyweight class Kumite champion. He still holds records to this day. Quickest knockout: 32 seconds. Quickest punch in a knockout: 3.2 seconds. Fastest Kick in a knockout: 72 MPH. Total knockouts: 92.