|Starring:||Donald Gibb, Norman BUrton, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Leah Ayres|
|Collections:||Jean Claude Van Damme|
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Dux of HazardBy alrose (26 reviews) from Manchester , 16 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Jean Claude really does show his 'strengths' in this biopic of Frank Dux. This part feels made for Van Damme, a good guy with deadly skills, deadly but modest. Obvious Van Damme moments occur i.e. Top off flexing, cheesy music, dancing, doing the splits several times,awful dialogue. Don't let this deter you, Van Damme is on form to fight in the Kumite but has to beat a whole host of difficult and different styles from Sumo to Boxing. Damme don't care. Sub plots reminiscent of AWOL, with Forest Whitaker as one of the cops chasing their man. Bolo is his hard headed self and is his normal evil self. Is Van good enough to take on the best. I let you guess but it is probably Van Dammes best film easily eclipsing Kickboxer and AWOL. I am not sure if Newt Arnold went onto direct much else himself but was assistant director on everything from Rules of Engagement to Bladed Runner. Put up your Dux, have a beer and enjoy. Kumite, kumite.
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Better if you watch it as a comedyBy Bassman71 (699 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 22 Jan 2012Man enters martial arts fighting competition in Hong Kong to honour his mentor, suits after him, meets and befriends live action Fozzie Bear, Bloodsport.
Its based on a real fighter Frank W. Dux and ticks every cliché in the book with montages galore complete with bad hard rock soundtrack, fight choreography that makes American Wrestling look like UFC and terrible acting to boot.
Horrendously bad but entertaining if you watch it as a comedy rather than the serious action fest it was going for and maybe if theyd have added a laughter track it might have got another star.
Van Damme fine 80s film.By prior81 (16 reviews) , 21 Jan 2012As a child of the 80s, my formulative years were spent eagerly watching the decades stalwarts like Van Damme kicking people in the teeth and Arnie killing and blowing everything up in sight. So its easy to get a bit nostalgic about this film.
However i recently rewatched Bloodsport and its a revelation. Ok the production is typically 80s, the dialogue is pretty poor and its cheesy, but beneath the surface something fine is lurking.
The fight scenes are fantastic, no over the top 5 minute bloodless brawls here. The characters are great. This is no surprise as most of the fighters are real life martial artists -so no steroid addled jobbing actors lumping around. For reference Paco is a world famous real life kick boxer called Paulo Tocha. Bolo Yeung is great villain, and shockingly was 50 when he made this!
The music is pretty cool, including the mandatory montage cheesy track, and its stuffed with humour. I also rewatched Kickboxer again, regarded as Bloodsports sister movie, and it lacks all of the above. Although that does have Van Dammes awesome disco dancing.
I thoroughly recommend this movie. I finally convinced my missus to watch it after 3 years after she dismissed it as a load of tat and she was hooked. Dont bother with the sequals, theyre horse manure of the lowest grade,
Put Up Your DuxBy Dodder (3 reviews) from Derby , 19 Aug 2011Van Damme's best film by a country mile, Bolo Yeung is great too. Watched it over and over growing up, like saying Uncle. Full of great characters and great fights.
Damme its still good!By carlsob (82 reviews) from Kidderminster , 24 Mar 2011I used to love this movie as a kid and like many this was the movie that turned the world onto to JCVD. Have just bought on DVD and watched for 1st time in over 15 years and my god i still love it. Excellent cheesy 80's flick
Okay USA!!!By coreyno1 (23 reviews) from Leicester , 08 Jan 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideTo think that this movie is well over twenty years old and that Van Dammes voice has become so low since then is amazing.
Probably the only movie that could become a video game, Bloodsport is Van Dammes movie through and through, from a time when the star was already hailed as a superstar before their first proper movie was released (see Seagal: above the law).
Riffing on Enter the Dragon and very loosely based on fact, this is by the numbers action. fighters from every culture and country join the 'Kumite', a tournament so special, it has a song about it.
Van damme is a soldier who has gone AWOL to join the fight, in honour of his shodoshi. as the film and fights progress, he becomes friends with a hairy biker, becomes enemies with Bolo, and flashes his behind to a journalist.
it's classic stuff, with cheesy one-liners, silly sub-plots and an amazingly awful electro soundtrack to back it up. but this is why it's loved by so many people, it doesn't take itself seriously, it's not art, it's the type of movie that after each fight sequence, you could go to the shop, come back and not have missed a thing.
it's a showcase for Van Damme, and it does it's job.
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