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Kickboxer

Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer.

Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer.

Pic opens with Dennis Alexio (Eric Sloane) being crowned world kickboxing champion, watched by his younger brother Jean-Claude Van Damme. The duo head off to Thailand to take on the originators of kickboxing after being asked some inane questions by a journalist.

Alexio fights, and is crippled by top Thai fighter Tong Po, leaving Van Damme to swear revenge. He finds out the only way he can defeat Po is by learning Muay-Thai fighting and sets off to convince eccentric Dennis Chan (Xian Chow) to teach him.

Much of Kickboxer is macho nonsense full of cliche characters and risible dialog. There is no denying, though, that the fight scenes – choreographed by Van Damme – are well handled.

Kickboxer

  • Production: Kings Road. Director Mark DiSalle, David Worth; Producer Mark DiSalle; Screenplay Glenn Bruce; Camera Jon Kranhouse; Editor Wayne Wahram; Music Paul Hertzog; Art Director Shay Austin
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 105 MIN.
  • With: Jean-Claude Van Damme Denis Alexio Dennis Chan Tong Po Haskell Anderson Rochelle Ashana
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