Phillip Rhee, who played Tommy Lee in the movie, went on to reprise his role in both sequels to Best of the Best. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn also co-starred alongside Rhee in Best of the Best 2. Simon Rhee, Phillip's real-life brother, also plays a role in the second film. Phillip has an official world wide fan site, which can be found in the links section of this page.
Philip Rhee also starred in the third sequel called Best of the Best 3: No Turning Point. He still plays Tommy Lee, a martial arts master. He comes to the town called Liberty to fight with racists. He was also the director of the movie!
Moreover, he plays Tommy Lee in the fourth sequel Best of the Best 4: Without Warning, which he also directed too.
"Best of the Best 2" features the same image on the cover of the UK VHS release as the first film. All they have done is simply removed the other 2 cast members and added a plain green background. This is a bit weird as it shows Eric Roberts as still having his ponytail. In "Best of the Best 2", Eric Roberts does not have a ponytail, Philip Rhee has a larger build and (the late) Chris Penn has gained more weight - a shadow of his former self in Footloose.
The Korean spectators in the tournament scenes are chanting "Korea! Korea!" for the benefit of the English-speaking American audience. In Korean, the nation's name is "Dae Han Min Guk" and at sporting events, this is chanted to support the team. The equivalent would be like a French movie about the French National American-style Football team coming to America to play against the American National Football team, and spectators chanting "Les Etats Unis!" instead of "U.S.A.!"
In the barfight scene, Burt, the jealous boyfriend, is played by veteran stuntman/actor Kane Hodder. Hodder is best known for most frequently portraying iconic serial killer Jason Vorhees, from the Friday the 13th series.