One of the officers sent by the army to retrieve Van Damme is a young Forest Whittaker, watch him in the scene where they try to use chopsticks!
Bolo Yeung (Chong Li in the movie) was already 49 years old when Bloodsport was made!
The majority of Bolo Yeung's lines are exactly the same as Bruce Lee's in Enter the Dragon, in which Bolo appeared.
Contributed by: Tom Hinkle
Bolo Yeong is NOT the actor's real name. His real name is Yang Sze, BUT Bolo is the name of the character he played in Enter the Dragon. I guess he figured it had more recognition and sounded cool.
Van Damme does his trade mark splits a total of Seven times during the film.
The video game that Frank Dux and Jackson played when they met in "Bloodsport" was called Karate Champ.
Contributed by: Cosimo Torello
JC Van Damme played Frank Dux. Allegedly, Frank Dux tried to sue JCVD, he claimed he had helped VD direct his 1996 film "The Quest", but JCVD never gave him any credit on the film. Frank Dux lost the case though, his evidence got lost in an earthquake!
Michel Qissi, ("Bloodsport", "Kickboxer") also plays "Moustaffa", One of the foreign legion goons sent to America to retrieve Leon in "Lionheart". That guy is the "Rich Little" of the martial arts world.
It's stated in the credits (and the IMDb) that Victor Wong-(big trouble in little china) is in the movie, but where is he?
Contributed by: Movie Guy
Bloodsport is Van Damme's highest grosser and put him on the map. This was the film that had Hollywood knocking at his door. Although it made $11,806,119 (by the numbers.com), it was said to have a worldwide gross of over 100 million and for 1988, this was true blockbuster status. Also, the film was huge in Asia given the subject matter.
Contributed by: Jeff Bailon
JCVD first appears as an extra in the 80's movie Breakin'
. He is seen very prominently with another future Bloodsport fighter at the first beach dance scene dancing in the background.
Contributed by: J.C. Hollis
JCVD was signed on to play the Predator opposite Arnold in the orignal Predator
movie. When he was given the role for Bloodsport, he was cast, hired, fitted and on the set of Predator wearing the suit daily. He used this bit of info to gain the role in Bloodsport and impress the producers. After he secured the role he allegedly screwed up several takes on purpose so they would fire him and he could begin work on Bloodsport.
Throughout most fight scenes in the movie you can hear a cat meow over and over for some reason. Once you notice it, you'll never be able to ignore it.
Update: Not a cat, but rather a sitar.
Donald Gibb, who played Van Damme's street fighter buddy, also played "Ogre" in all "Revenge of the Nerds" movies.
Contributed by: Arjun Medhi
The Van Damme's Tanaka Sensi is the same dude in the intro scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with Indiana taking Kate Kapshaw from these Japanese ganagsters.
Contributed by: Eric Draven
Michel Qissi who appears as one of the fighters (the tall one who gets his leg broken by Chong Li), also plays Tong Po, the main bad guy, in Van Damne's 'Kickboxer' as well as its sequels.
Contributed by: James Noble
In various magazine interviews, Qissi - a long-time friend of Van Damme's (he also has a small role in A.W.O.L) - claimed to have choreographed and re-edited many of the fight scenes WITH JCVD, who always took sole credit in public.
Contributed by: RE Zuleta
The original "Bloodsport ," similar to "Kickboxer ," spawned four 'Direct-to-Video' The first sequel, "Bloodsport: The Next Kumite (1996), stars 'Daniel Bernhardt' who replaces the lead role of 'Jean Claude Van Damme (Frank Dux)' as a rookie-character named 'Alex Cardo.' The film also stars, "The Karate Kid's," 'Pat Morita' as 'David Keung' along with the only returning character from the first film 'Donald Gibb ("Revenge of the Nerds' " Ogre)' co-starring as Ray 'Tiny' Jackson. 'Bernhardt' would later star in three more 'Bloodsport,' Direct-to-Video, mediocre sequels: two are entitled, "Bloodsport 3 (1997)" and "Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite (1998)."
One of the competitors that makes it to the third and final day of competition is a Caucasian Muay Thai boxer character named "Paco", played by Paolo Tocha. Tocha also played an inmate who causes trouble for Van Damme's character in a cafeteria scene in "Death Warrant" and was on set (for technical advising of fight scenes apparently as he was only shown talking in the special features) of the Van Damme flick "In Hell"
Also, the actor playing a Korean wrestler (often mistaken for a Japanese sumo wrestler) in "Bloodsport" also plays a dockside henchman in Van Damme's "Double Impact". He doesn't fight in that scene; he just gets kicked in the face by JCVD when he thinks someone is snooping about the dock's illegal activities.
Contributed by: Edward Fong
The actor/martial artist/stuntman who played the "Bloodsport" competitor Suan Parades is a real-life friend and former training partner of Van Damme's, Michael Qissi. He also allegedly played the main villain, Tong Po, in at least one of the sequels of another Van Damme movie franchise, "Kickboxer", though without Van Damme (and without the real-life Tong Po) in it.
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