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Bloodsport

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Jean-Claude Van Damme was nominated for a 1989 Razzie Award for Worst New Star.



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Bloodsport could possibly come under the category as "best Van Damme movie" and could be considered as no contest.

Bloodsport is a very good in terms of Martial Arts and a nice story to tag along to. JCVD plays Frank Dux an army veteran who goes AWOL and leaves for Hong Kong to fight in "the Kumite", an illegal underground martial arts tournament.

In Hong Kong Frank meets your average US citizen named Ray and a few others each with their own unique fighting style and all representing their own country. While trying to be knocked out in the ring, two agents chase Frank around the city to try and bring him back to the US.

Frank easily beats a few "nobody's" in the tournament but once reigning champ Chong Li puts his new friend Ray in hospital and kills one fighter, Frank is determined to defeat the master of disaster.

Of course, Frank also meets a beautiful reporter, who tries to use Frank for a story but eventually she has to find her own way in, by dating one of the spectators.

Frank was trained by the TANAKA when he tries to steal a samurai sword from his soon to be sensi's home. This bit is extremely funny as the voice of Frank Jr. is a completely cheesy dubbed french accent (You need to see this). His trainer decides to use Frank as a model for his son to use when training but when his son dies Frank asks TANAKA to train him but he refuses.

Frank, determined and frustrated, won't back down until TANAKA trains him.

The soundtrack is inspiring from a really cool start to finish and has your usual "driven to succeed" vibes. At the start we see all the different fighters training with a nice tune trailing in the background which is a class bit of the movie.

The usual aspects of movies are in there. In the movie when Frank is training he learns how to fight blindfold and also how to catch fish blindfold? Don't ask me... Ask the scriptwriter! From this the viewer automatically knows that this blindfolded fighting is going to come into use and, as usual, we are not disappointed...

Verdict?

This movie is a class martial arts film, no matter if JVCD doesn't reach Academy Award acting levels.

The fight scenes are incredible and still as class as todays standards.

If not the best, Bloodsport is definitely one of the best Van Damme movies and shows the old school area of fighting competitions like "Enter the Dragon" in sheer brilliance. The film sways away from the usual revenge genre and to the fact that Frank wants to also prove to himself and his sensei that he can win the tournament.

Another aspect which makes this film great is that it is based on a true story which sort of gives it a more geniune feel. Frank Dux holds many records still from fastest knockout to quickest punch.

Even if you don't like Van Damme movies and you like martial arts then this is a must see.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Great fight scenes, 80's music, cool story.

Weaknesses? Acting sometimes weak.

Our rating: 8 out of 10


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Bloodsport