Bloodsport

1988

Action / Biography / Drama / Sport

100
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 33%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 65711

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Forest Whitaker as Rawlins
Donald Gibb as Ray Jackson
Bolo Yeung as Chong Li
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ivo-cobra8 10 / 10

A cult classic best martial arts Van Damme Style movie!

Bloodsport (1988) is my favorite action Van Damme movie. It was the first movie I ever saw about Van Damme that introduced me in to his movies. This is the film I grew up with it, I have first see it, when I was 8 years old! I love this movie to death! In my opinion is Van Damme's best martial arts film! Beside Hard Target, Bloodsport is one of his best movies till date. I Love it so much. Best martial arts movie, is never boring, is fast and entertaining and It is awesome seriously. And I still love it today, Bloodsport also introduced me in to martial arts. Jean Claude Van Damme's Bloodsport is still today it's best. After this movie there were a few copycat movies that copy the idea from this movie. Like were Bloodfight (1989) with Bolo Yeung returning, with the same name, but playing different character from the Bloodsport and Bloodfist (1989) with World Kickboxing champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson. I also love the music from this movie lately it helps me a lot the song "On My Own - Alone", I also love the song "Fight to Survive".

This is my favorite tournament fighting film too. This film also inspired the video game Mortal Kombat and for that? This film is twice as awesome to me. This is a film where you see JCVD at his peak and this is my second favorite JCVD flick after Hard Target and Universal Soldier. It holds up really well to this day and it's a shame the film does not have a special edition on DVD and Blu Ray. The film does have a big cult following so it not getting any features to this day is lame. Great concept, great cast, charismatic characters, bad ass fights, and a kick ass soundtrack. This is definitely one of the best martial arts flicks ever made without a doubt for me. Fell in love with the film ever since I saw it on VHS when I was a kid.

As for the Bloodsport sequels? For the most part? They all suck. They can't even hold a candle to this film. Bloodsport is a classic and a fight that is worth watching anytime, anywhere. I still own this movie on VHS and on Blu-ray. I don't have the DVD I don't need it. I am going to say it again I love this movie to death, it is my childhood JCVD film and I grew up with it. I have always enjoy it. It has a real bloody bad-ass fights. Van Damme and Yeung kicks fighters to the ground. Original this movie was almost never released, but Van Damme helped edit the film so that it could be released, this movie is praised and loved all over the World including Asia, USA and East Europe. The real Frank Dux was the fighting coordinator for this film. When Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast, Dux announced that Van Damme wasn't nearly in good enough shape, and put him through a 3-month training program. Van Damme called those three months "the hardest training of his life" - this despite being a world-championship martial artist in his own right.

It does feel good to go re-watch films like this especially dealing with the very sad fact that films like this classic aren't made anymore and seeing Van Damme these days on film, he just seems to stone faced or depressed. I have enjoyed training sequences, flashback sequences on Frank Dux's earlier childhood life and a life of a young man. The chase sequences where Helmer and Rawlis are chasing Dux was hilarious and very entertaining. Chong Li, in my opinion, is one of the best non horror villains out there. My personal favorite JCVD villain and my favorite martial arts villain. Also, though it isn't the same character; almost like a bizarro world version, another Chong Li appears in a movie called Bloodfight (Bloodsport knockoff) played by Bolo Yeung. Van Damme maybe had some problems in his later years, but I always admired him for everything he did to make this movie well known back in '88, from re-editing the original cut to promoting the movie by putting posters of it himself in cinemas. This movie for me is a perfect 10, I don't care what anyone says.

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

One of the Best Van Damme´s Films

The military Frank Dux (Jean Claude Van Damme) abandons his base to participate in the Kumite, a dangerous secret competition in Hong Kong. Before embarking in the airplane, Frank visits his martial arts trainer Senzo Tanaka (Roy Chiao), who is terminal, and promises to win the tournament to honor him. Frank travels to Hong Kong and befriends the fighter Ray Jackson (Donald Gibb) that is lodged in the same hotel and has a love affair with the journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres). However the American officers Helmer (Norman Burton) and Rawlins (Forest Whitaker) chase him to bring home back to the base without injuries. Meanwhile Frank and the dirty Japanese fighter Chong Li (Bolo Yeung), who won the last Kumite, are winning their fights and coming to the ultimate fight.

"Bloodsport" is an early Van Damme´s film and also one of his best films ever, disclosing the refuted story of the American martial artist Frank Dux. The screenplay is funny and engaging with excellent fight choreography. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Grande Dragão Branco" ("The Great White Dragon")

Reviewed by Giallo Fanatic 3 / 10

Frank Dux's fraudulent story.

Bad acting? Check. Generic plot? Check. "Based on a true story"? Check. Poor character development? Check. Poorly choreographed fight scenes? Check. One dimensional characters? Check. Exaggerated violence that borders on the comical? Check. Good guy always wins and gets the hot chick? Check. The movie takes itself seriously? Check. Disgustingly racial stereotypes? Check. Seriously, does this movie have any redeemable qualities? Okay, it was a box-office hit and Jean-Claude Van Damme made a name for himself with this movie. Anything else? Oh, the involuntary hilarity of the movie because it takes itself seriously and don't have the slightest sense of irony. Okay the movie has some charm I'll give it that; but its "brilliance" is mostly by chance and not because of great directing by Newt Arnold or great acting by Van Damme. I think it has to do with Frank Dux's fantastically, fraudulent fantasy biopic/script. Most people love the story of the underdog who kicks everyone's ass, defies all the odds and gets the hot chick. It also came in in the 80's where Ninjas were the fad and martial arts movies were gaining popularity in the US. Plus Van Damme and Bolo Yeung had big muscles which was also the thing in the 80's.

Yes, the movie came in the right time: the 80's. The time of excessive violence, excessive stories and escapist plots where anyone who works hard enough will get all the reward and no silver medal or bronze medal for the rest of the losers. It's the kind of fad where bad actors like Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Austin, John Cena and Jesse Ventura thrive. In this kind of movie the spectacle and not the story, drives the plot forward. But at least Van Damme had skills when it came to pretty kicks and his good looks probably helped a lot getting the ladies to like him. But that's all superficial and superficial in a bad way because of the reasons already mentioned in the first lines of this review. Chinese/Hong Kong action movies from that period are much better for example. Pick any Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung or Yuen Biao movie and you'll get better acting, better choreographed fights, better directing but varying plots and stories. At least with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung they knew they were just making movies and mixed in humor with gritty stunts and fight scenes. So yes, Bloodsport falls short in comparison to other action/martial arts movies in its time. Only, Bloodsport gained a cult following.

3/10

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